Eaglen, Robert
1851-1893; e.m. 1837

PM minister, born on 15 November 1815 at Soham Toney, Norfolk. Most of his ministry was spent in East Anglia. On Sunday, 6 January 1850, preaching from the text Isaiah 45,v.2, 'Look unto me, and be saved' at Artillery Street Chapel, Colchester, he was responsible for the conversion of the Rev. Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892); a plaque commemorating this was subsequently erected in the chapel. Spurgeon became an eminent and controversial Baptist preacher for whom the vast Metropolitan Tabernacle was opened in 1861 to the designs of W.W. Pocock. Eaglen died on 24 September 1893. His son-in-law, the Rev. Danzy Sheen (1844 –1926: em.1863) trained at Spurgeon's College, but entered the PM ministry.

  • J.A. Baker, 'The Conversion of Spurgeon', in Spurgeon College's Record 6 (December 1949) pp7-11.
  • Artillery Street Chapel, Colchester: a short history (Colchester, 1989)
  • Methodist Recorder, 4 May 2018

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