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Peculiar People

The term is a concept deeply embedded in Scripture and the structure of the primitive church, and appears in Tyndale's translation of the NT (1526). The name was applied to themselves by the Quakers of the seventeenth century and by the Tractarians (by way of disparagement) to the Evangelicals. More particularly, the Peculiar People, or Plumstead Peculiars, were a small sect of evangelical faith- healers founded by William Bridges in London in 1838. A humble and pious folk, they are largely confined to Kent and Essex. The Society of Dependents or Cokelers of West Sussex are an offshoot of the Peculiars, founded by John Sirgood.