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Polhill, Cecil
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Cecil Henry Polhill (previously Polhill-Turner) was an Eton and Cambridge educated Anglican landowner, missionary and Pentecostal pioneer. He was born in Bedford on February 23, 1860 to Captain Frederick Polhill-Turner (former Conservative Minister of Parliament for Bedford) and Emily Frances née Barron (of the aristocratic Page-Turner Barron family). In 1885, Polhill along with his brother, Arthur, sailed to China with the China Inland Mission (CIM) as members of the “Cambridge Seven.” After an initial peri…

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Usher, John M., “Polhill, Cecil”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 01 April 2023 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20201204

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