Oliver Heywood 1630-1702

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Oliver HEYWOOD 1630-1702

Biographical Note

Son of Richard Heywood, yeoman and clothier of Bolton, Lancashire. BA Trinity College, Cambridge 1650. Curate of Coley, Yorkshire 1650 (ejected 1662); ministered across Yorkshire during the 1660s, licensed to preach in Halifax 1672. He opened a meeting-house at Northowram in 1688, with a school added in 1693. He published numerous doctrinal and devotional works.


Heywood's father "built up a library of godly authors and reformation classics" (ODNB). His diaries reveal extensive references to the use of books, and loaning of books to students and others. His library was valued at £20 at the time of his death; in 1664, a list of his books included 265 titles. This was divided between his two sons after his death, after his widow had first choice of ten volumes.