William Dowsing

1596-1679?. Often described as iconoclast. Born of Yeoman parents in Suffolk, he was appointed by the earl of Manchester in 1643 as an official visitor of East Anglian churches in order to remove papistical ornaments such as images and pictures. He did his work with great relish, keeping careful journals of what he and his colleagues accomplished. Robert Loder printed in 1786 part of the journal which described the work in Suffolk; a transcript of the journals describing work in Cambridgeshire survives in Cambridge University Library, and this was printed in 1928, edited by A.C. Moule. The edition of the Cambridgeshire journal published by Zachary Grey in 1739 seems to have been made from a copy now lost.