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DISESTABLISHING THE WELSH ANGLICAN CHURCH: A STUDY IN POLITICAL INTRIGUE AND POPULAR FRUSTRATION

At the enthronement of the first Archbishop of Wales, in June 1920, the prime minister, David Lloyd George, described Welsh disestablishment as ‘one of the dramatic episodes of history’ and ‘a controversy which has embittered Welsh life for generations and absorbed some of the best energies of mind and soul for 50 years’. Viewed from Wales, it was a legitimate demand which evoked popular support, as expressed through the ballot box, but from an English perspective, it was an impudent act by denizens who had long been portrayed as compliant and deferential.

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