In Victorian times, Christian worship in Britain normally took places in the many churches and chapels of the different denominations.
William and Catherine Booth, who were to found the Salvation Army, found that the very poor people whom they wanted to reach, did not want to enter such buildings. The answer was to preach in the streets and the fields, in tents, in hippodromes and in music hall buildings.
Later in the 19 century other christian groups copied their tactics.
Find out more about William and Catherine Booth and about the Salvation Army
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