The famous political preacher, Henry Sacheverell, held the living early in the 18th century.
Sacheverell was among its rectors (1713-1724), and Thomas Chatterton (1770) was interred in the adjacent burial ground, no longer extant, of Shoe Lane Workhouse; the register recording his Christian name as William.
In this year Henry Sacheverell delivered his famous sermons, and Defoe wrote several tracts about them and attacked the preacher in his Review.
Sacheverell, the politician and divine, was born here in 1674, and educated at the grammar school.
WILLIAM SACHEVERELL (1638-1691), English statesman, son of Henry Sacheverell, a country gentleman, was born in 1638.
This resolution was the forerunner of the Test Act, in the preparation of which Sacheverell took an active part, and which caused the break up of the cabal.
Sacheverell took especial interest in the state of the navy and spoke in many debates on this question.
In 1677 he carried an address to the king calling upon him to conclude an alliance with the United Provinces against Louis XIV., and when the Speaker adjourned the House by Charles's order Sacheverell made an eloquent protest, asserting the right of the House itself to decide the question of its adjournment.
That he had arranged the treaties demanded by the Commons; but Sacheverell boldly questioned the king's good faith, and warned the Commons that they were being deceived.
Barillon mentions Sacheverell among the Whig leaders who accepted bribes from Louis XIV., but the evidence against him is not conclusive.
When Titus Oates began his pretended revelations in 1678 Sacheverell was among those who most firmly believed in the existence of a Popish plot.
The allegations made in Sacheverell's report on the examination of Coleman prompted the country party to demand the exclusion of James, duke of York, from the succession to the throne, the first suggestion of the famous Exclusion Bill being made by Sacheverell on the 4th of November 1678 in a debate- "the greatest that ever was in Parliament," as it was pronounced by contemporaries - raised by Lord Russell with the object of removing the duke from the King's Council.
When Charles offered an alternative scheme (1679) for limiting the powers of a Catholic sovereign, Sacheverell made a great speech in which he pointed out the insufficiency of the king's terms for securing the object desired by the Whigs.
Sacheverell was one of the managers on behalf of the Commons at the trial of Lord Stafford in Westminster Hall; but took no further part in public affairs till after the elections of March 1681, when he was returned unopposed for Derbyshire.
In 1685 Sacheverell lost his seat, and for the next four years he lived in retirement on his estates.
Appointed Sacheverell a lord of the admiralty, but he resigned the office after a few months.
Sacheverell was elected member for Nottinghamshire; but he died on the 9th of October 1691, before taking his seat.
In the judgment of Speaker Onslow, Sacheverell was the "ablest parliament man" of the reign of Charles II.
Sacheverell was twice married.
The High Church party had derived great strength from the Sacheverell trial.