Edward Stanley collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of correspondence by Edward Stanley to Sarah Parry.

Administrative / Biographical History

Edward Stanley was born on 1 January 1779 in London, second son of the sixth baronet of Alderley Park, Cheshire, and younger brother to John Thomas Stanley, seventh baronet (1766-1850). He was educated at St. John's College, Cambridge, and was ordained in 1802, serving as curate of Windlesham in Surrey for three years. In 1805, he was appointed rector at Alderley, where he remained until 1837 when he was appointed bishop of Norwich. A Liberal and a reformer, he took a great interest in education, increasing the curriculum and efficiency of local schools, and he introduced reforms in the operation of the poor laws. He died on 6 September 1849 while on holiday in Scotland. A keen geologist and ornithologist, his Familiar history of birds, their nature, habits and instincts was published in two volumes in 1836.


The correspondence is arranged chronologically.

Access Information

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The term holograph is used when the item is wholly in the handwriting of the author. The term autograph is used when the author has signed the item.

Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Dictionary of National Biography volume 54, Smith, Elder & Co. London (1898)

Other Finding Aids

Clive Holland Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England - a catalogue, Garland Publishing New York and London (1982) ISBN 0824093941.

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Further accessions possible.

Related Material

The Institute holds several archival collections for the Parry family.