William Henry Counsell: Sketches of Cambridge personalities

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Sketches of Cambridge personalities, many with descriptive notes giving the title and sometimes the date of publication in the Cambridge magazine. There is an accompanying extract on Counsell, taken from Venn's Alumni Cantabrigienses.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Henry Counsell was born on 2 November 1869. He attended Dulwich College and King's School, Worcester, and matriculated at Cambridge in 1888 (B.A., 1891; M.A., 1895), although he was not affiliated to a college. Counsell became assistant master at Magdalen College School, Brackley, 1891; Brigg Grammar School, 1892; and Borlase School, Marlow, 1896. He was the proprietor of the Beacon School, Sevenoaks, 1899-1912, and headmaster of Morecambe Grammar School, 1919-1929. He was ordained deacon in 1924, and priest in 1925, and became curate of Morecambe in 1924, and Vicar of Ivegill with High Head in 1930.

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Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Mrs Avril Pedley, 19 November 1981.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on William Counsell in J.A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses, part II, vol. II (Cambridge University Press, 1944).

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