Shakers or Jumpers..

by cobbies69

Sunday 17th February 2013

The New Forest Shakers or Walworth Jumpers (also Children of GodGirlingites or Convulsionists) were a new religious movement created by Mary Ann Girling in the 1870s in England. Originally from Suffolk, Girling preached the Second Comingcelibacychastity and communal life (a kind of Christian communism).

The Hordle Shakers…

In the nineteenth century, one group came to the particular notice of the public when Mary Ann Girling along with 164 followers moved to live in New Forest Lodge, Vaggs Lane, in Hordle. Previously the sect has been base din the Walworth Road, in east London and claimed that they died with conversion, and were then reborn to eternal life. They met in a rented railway arch where in 1871 ‘nearly 3000 people came to see the excitement caused by the dancing, prophesying and trance utterances of the sect known as the Walworth Jumpers.They were also called the Girlingites or English Shakers.’ 51 In 1873 Mrs Girling had a vision that they should move to the New Forest and, with the help of a wealthy patron, the property in Vaggs Lane was bought, with a small mortgage.However, because the strict rules of the sect prohibited the members from working, the mortgage remained unpaid and ‘on a bitterly cold night of December 1894, in the rain, sleet and snow, 60 flimsily dressed women, 35 men and 45 children were evicted. All the furniture was left along a half mile stretch of Vaggs Lane. It included 3 pianos, 77 beds, boxes of eggs,butter and vegetables valued at about £1,000 and worthless by the end of the night.



The group continued to live in the Hordle area for a further 11 years, leasing fields, or camping by the roadside, and using an old barn as a chapel. They still maintained that they were immortal, and were severely shaken by the first death in the group. However, Mary Girling’s health was also in decline and, in 1886, she died of cancer. She was buried in Hordle churchyard, amongst her followers, each grave having a yew tree planted at its head. Today nothing remains of the sect except a few yew trees and a small plaque fixed to the church wall, which reads ‘Mary Girling Leader of the Hordle Shakers, was buried here in 1886.’

My Link…

… this village apart from living in a nearby village was the knowing of and becoming great friends with Robert Isles, (Bob) who was the son of a butchers shop owner, and later became the owner himself. He started to follow us our band, at the time, and later started to roadie for us. But as time went by he showed he could also sing rock and roll and was extrovert enough to put on a good show. So for the next 9 months or so he fronted the band. But only on the heavy rock songs, otherwise the tambourine was his thing. However he actually lived in the same lane and told us about this, which his mother told him, at the time we were more into becoming rock stars. So unfortunately I cannot remember any details.

Some info via Wiki and or New Forest Traditions. Also some from my head..


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10 Responses to “Shakers or Jumpers..”

  1. They were Shaken AND stirred to find themselves dying for the ‘second’ time! What utter nutters.

  2. Well I just got aced out of my entire comment here! Poof! Gone. I wonder if Mrs Girling did not like what I was saying and intervened?
    I think I was saying before I was rudely stolen from by WP gremlins that this story fascinates me. I will use your generously supplied link to learn more. I cannot imagine someone being this persuasive with me that I would give up everything I knew to be right.But I live in a different time. So very interesting to me too that they could not pay their mortgage because they chose to believe working was ungodly.

    Great post My kind sir, I love the local stories that shine a light on your New Forest.


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