William Edward Winks (1842 - 1926)

Source: Sketch Welsh Papers Online

born in Leicester, 28 January 1842; died in Cardiff, 21 December 1926. Winks trained for the Baptist ministry at Chilwell College, Nottingham (ordained 1865), and was minister of Allerton, near Bradford, Yorkshire, and Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. In 1876 he became pastor of Bethany Baptist Church, Cardiff, where he stayed until retirement in 1914. He wrote the centenary history of the church, History of Bethany Baptist Church, Cardiff (Cardiff, 1906), and he was evidently a person of some renown in the city: he was responsible for the official guide to the Cardiff Exhibition of 1896. He also published Thoughts on Prayer: selected chiefly from modern writers (London, 1881),

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Son of J. F. Winks, William was educated at Chilwell College, Nottingham. He entered the Baptist ministry in 1865, and pastored at churches in Yorkshire and Cambridgeshire. As of 1907, Winks was serving at Bethany Chapel in Cardiff, Wales. His works include: Thoughts on Prayer Prayer in the Four Gospels ; A Daily Textbook (London: Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1882); Lives of Illustrious Shoemakers (London: Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1883); Christian Hymns and Songs for Church and Sunday School (second edition 1907)

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The curator of Cardiff from 1876 to 1914 was the Revd. W.E. Winks and "as a reminder of the part he played", his son L.F. Winks F.I.C.S. of Powell Duffryn Ltd, donated a leaden papal bulla to the National Museum (1954)

Source: Catalogue of Seals in the National Museum of Wales Vol 1 - David H Williams

It is believed that he is also the author of this book:

Lives of Illustrious Shoemakers by W. E. Winks

Many thanks to Dick Adams of The Cyber Hymnal™ (http://www.hymntime.com/tch) for this link.