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Reverend William Cuff (1841 - 21 May 1926) was a prominent baptist minister.

Born in Hasfield, Gloucestershire, he entered business as a butcher in Cheltenham. On hearing a sermon by Charles Spurgeon he decided to become a clergyman. He became pastor of Ridgmont Baptist Church in Bedfordshire in 1865.[1] In 1867 he moved to a ministry in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.[1] In 1872 he became pastor of Shoreditch Tabernacle Baptist Church, a post he held for 45 years.[2] He established a tradition of collecting funds to distribute beef to the poor each Christmas, using his butchering skills to prepare the joints of meat himself.[2] He served as President of the Baptist Union.[2]

He served as a member of the London School Board, elected for Hackney in 1888 and serving a single three-year term.[3]

He died in the Gloucestershire cottage where he was born in May 1926, aged 85.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Ridgmont Baptist Church. The National Archives.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Obituary: The Rev. W. Cuff". The Times: p. 8. 22 May 1926. 
  3. "The London School Board Election". The Times: p. 5. 3 November 1888. 

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