Scripture Truth Publications - "Christian publishing since the 1800s"

Scripture Truth publications is the trading name of The Central Bible Hammond Trust Limited.

The Trust moved its premises from London to Wooler, Northumberland in 1976; and then occupied premises in Morpeth, Northumberland from 1996 to 2007. At the beginning of 2008 the Trust relocated its premises to Crewe, Cheshire.

The Trust was formed In 1974 from the amalgamation of the Central Bible Truth Depot and the C.A. Hammond Trust, both of which were located in London, England. Both of these publishing houses had a long and successful history (recounted on our heritage page) of serving the people of God by publishing and distributing sound Christian literature. The former primarily associated with Christians known as the Glanton Brethren, and the latter with the Kelly-Lowe-Tunbridge Wells Brethren. Sharing of premises was already under way by the time the two groups re-united in 1974.

Dates Publishing Imprint Address Notes
January 2008 to date Scripture Truth publications 31-33 Glover Street, Crewe, Cheshire CW1 3LD  
July 1996 - December 2007 Scripture Truth publications Coopies Way, Coopies Lane, Morpeth, Northumberland NE61 6JN  
July 1990 - June 1996 Scripture Truth publications 30 South Road, Wooler, Northumberland NE71 6SP  
1 August 1976 - 1990 Central Bible Hammond Trust 30 South Road, Wooler, Northumberland NE71 6SP  
1974 - 22 July 1976 Central Bible Hammond Trust Hargrave Hall, Hargrave Road, London, N19 8SP  
1970 - 1974 Central Bible Hammond Trust 50 Grays Inn Road, London WC1  
1 December 1970     Central Bible Truth Depot Limited changed name to Central Bible Hammond Trust Limited
1967 - 1970 Central Bible Truth Depot 50 Grays Inn Road, London WC1 Sharing premises as "the Central Bible Hammond Trust" with the "Hammond Bible Trust"
c1908 - 1967 Central Bible Truth Depot 11 Little Britain, London EC1  
1960s - 1970 C.A. Hammond Bible Trust 50 Grays Inn Road, London WC1  

Objectives of the Central Bible Hammond Trust Limited charity number 223327

1. To promote the advancement of religion by printing publishing and selling all classes of books, newspapers, periodicals, magazines, calendars, maps and other publications designed to make known and propagate the Protestant and Evangelical Tenets of the Christian Faith.

2. To advance the Protestant and Evangelical Tenets of the Christian Faith in the UK and worldwide for the benefit of the public including through producing and distributing literature on the doctrinal and practical aspects of the Christian Faith in line with the interpretation put forward by such early writers of the "Brethren" movement as J N Darby and W Kelly, to enlighten others about the Christian Faith.

3. The furtherance of the charitable work of the charity by the advancement of such other charitable purposes entirely consistent with objects 1 and 2 above as the trustees shall from time to time decide.

Scripture Truth publications - July 1990

The following statement is taken from Scripture Truth magazine Volume 50, No.10, July/August 1990.

The Trustees recently decided to cover our whole published output under the term "Scripture Truth". This is explicitly what we aim to produce and disseminate from our premises at Wooler. Some new books are in prospect and these will each be labelled "A Scripture Truth publication".

The following is the concluding paragraph of a discussion paper, considered with the purpose of overhauling our procedures, under the Lord.

"Finally, and most importantly, it is the Lord's work, and in anything pertaining to His service the reminder of His words "Without Me ye can do nothing" is always timely. Self-abasement, positive prayer and practical faith are the vital ingredients for real results."

On these principles, heartened also by Paul's words "I can do all things through Him that strengtheneth me", we seek to proceed.

Address at the opening of the Central Bible Hammond Trust - 3rd June 1967

The continuing purpose of Scripture Truth is well set out in the following article, reprinted from Scripture Truth magazine Volume XLII No.17, September 1967. It is unattributed, possibly the work of the then Editor (John S. Blackburn):

Ephesians 4:8-16

The opening of this Depot gives occasion for reflection on the place of publication work in Christian service. It immediately becomes obvious that an adequate means for the publication and distribution of Bibles and other Christian literature is a service essential to the Church of Christ. All the functions are necessary for the health and growth of the body. We note especially today that the totality of the work involved in a Christian publication service (authorship, editorship, printing, publication, retailing and ultimate distribution), form one channel along which each of the main gifts given by Christ to the Church and enumerated in Ephesians 4 can operate.

The work of the Apostles and (in the strictest sense) of the New Testament Prophets we possess in our Bibles as the Gospels and Epistles and Visions of the New Testament, and the translation, printing, publication and distribution of Bibles is the portion of the service required in our times. The other gifts mentioned in Ephesians 4 are Evangelists and Pastors/Teachers, and I wish to draw special attention to the fact that these gifts are given effect by a publication service, as one method out of many, and also that there are particular advantages accruing from the use of this channel. The printed page, whether evangelistic, teaching, or horatory, is able to leap over barriers of almost every kind: barriers of distance, reaching peoples of other lands:  obstacles of language (through translation) reaching readers speaking different tongues; barriers of time, remaining available to every subsequent generation: and, not least in importance, able to reach over the fences created by the sad divisions which have come into the Church.

It is a great pity that so little is widely known about the extent to which both the Depots which begin their co-operation in this new Depot have evidence of help brought to the most unexpected people in the most distant countries through literature sent out with devoted labour on the part of those who have worked in them. If these facts could be more widely known they would in themselves amply justify the expenditure of time, toil, and money involved.

The launching of this new venture (strictly brought about by the expiry of leases), has among its main objects two others which must be mentioned this morning. The first is an opportunity newly-grasped to create a retail centre for Christian literature filling a London regional gap. Existing shops for the retail distribution of evangelical literature tend to cluster in the St. Paul's area, and the obtaining by our depots of a good retail site for the first time in many years fits very happily into such a regional pattern.

The other main object of the new Depot suitable for mention this-morning is a continuation of that carried out by our Depots from their commencement. This is to publish and disseminate the writings of those early Brethren who are widely acknowledged to have had, under God, exceptional eminence in a deep understanding of Scripture Truth. This depth of understanding, only possible by special grace of the Spirit of God, as indeed they were ever forward to acknowledge, would be best considered at the level of the deeper truths of revelation themselves, and their effect on Christian behaviour, but today we are provided with a special reminder affording the most striking proof that these men of God understood their Bibles. This reminder is provided by the reverberating events on the frontiers of the land of Israel.

William Kelly, in particular, stated in his day, long before such events could naturally be forseen, and when he and his associates were quite or nearly alone in their perceptions, that the age will end with the rulers of Syria and Egypt attacking the land of Israel. The King of the North was Syria and the King of the South was Egypt. True, things have not, in June 1967, developed to the point described in Daniel 11:40-45. Then the King of the North, supported by Russia, will be dominant and initially victorious. Israel will be in open treaty with the united western powers. But William Kelly, in his study quietly reading his Bible, saw in it the stage set with a united West confronting a hostile Russia, and Israel beset by Syria and Egypt, for the glorious Advent of Christ and the establishment of His Kingdom. Such writings should not cease to be available to the Church of Christ.

Let us note also in Ephesians 4:16 the reference to "every joint". We all have a niche to fill, a part to play in the work of this Depot, to support it by work, proper use of its facilities and above all, with all prayer for the blessing of God.

Not only in the grace still being given to the Church, but also in the continued availability of earlier ministry, the promise is being fulfilled that the glorious Head of the Church will certainly continue His gifts as long as needed, "until we all arrive at the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, at the full-grown man, at the measure of the stature of the fulness of the Christ."

This section is currently under development. In due course we hope to provide a more complete history. Information about the authors and publishers in our publishing predecessors is on our heritage page.

Scripture Truth Publications
31-33 Glover Street,
Crewe, Cheshire CW1 3LD
Phone: +44 (0)1270-252274

Registered Charity Number: 223327

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