This collection consists of papers concerned with the meeting of the Christian Brethren at Kents Road, in Haywards Heath, from the 19th century until the 1970s. Included is a significant collection of papers connected with William Chadwick Grimsdick, the son of the founder of the Haywards Heath meeting, who became a prominent member and preached globally. Later in life William devoted much time to travelling for the purposes of meeting Brethren and addressing meetings around the English speaking world, and many of these papers are directly connected to this in the form of correspondence to and from his family, showcasing his work around the world, the nature of the meetings he attended and addressed, and the people he came into contact with. Also included are notes detailing meetings given by William in the UK, with transcripts of the readings he gave. Further correspondence shows his views concerning scripture and the doctrinal discussions he engaged in, notably with, and in defence of, F.E Raven. Circular papers show additional Brethren politics and doctrinal debates. Additionally, two family histories written by Edward Morris are included to provide background information on the history of the Kents Road meeting and its prominent members.
The rest of the collection focuses on papers related to William Chadwick Grimsdick's extended family, primarily the Morris family. The majority of this material is concerned with the Aberdeen conference and division of 1970, which led to the majority of the Kents Road meeting breaking away from Taylorite Exclusivism. The collection includes much correspondence concerned with the split, for example between Brethren members discussing the events and their consequences. There is important circular correspondence from and to Jim Taylor Jnr with regard to the split both in support of and against his version of events, as well as interesting transcripts of meetings given by him at Aberdeen.
There is also much correspondence related to the activities of the Exclusive Brethren before the split, for example their politics and struggles with the non-Brethren world. Newspaper cuttings and legal papers supplement this. A large part of the collection consists of notes on meetings held or addresses given, often featuring transcripts of readings given at meetings or lyrics of hymns. An interesting individual document is an academic paper given at a conference on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder by a former member of the Exclusive Brethren, which gives insight into the views and activities of the Brethren such as 'withdrawing'. Pamphlets and circulars are also found in large number in the collection, providing examples of the opinions of members with regard to doctrine and scripture.