Rev William Broadbent Luddington

Scope and Content

Diary in two volumes, entitled "Journal of our Mission at George's Bay, Fernando Po", dated 1 April 1873 to 4 October 1873 & 5 October 1874 to 11 March 1875. Both volumes are indexed.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Broadbent Luddington was born at Brampton in Lincolnshire on 9th March 1843, the son of the Rev William Luddington (1819-1888), a Primitive Methodist Minister. Initially as an adult he worshipped and preached locally as a Wesleyan but returned to Primitive Methodism at Malton in Yorkshire in 1864. In 1868 he married Ruth Hannah Mitchell. From 1873 until his death in 1888 Luddington divided his life between missionary work in Fernando Po [Bioko, Equatorial Guinea], particularly among the Bubi people, missionary deputation work and ministerial work in England. He and his wife returned from their third term in Fernando Po [Bioko, Equatorial Guinea] in a very poor state of health. Mrs Luddington died on 21st August 1888 and her husband on 25th November in the same year.

Conditions Governing Access

Only to be viewed on microfiche.


Archivist's Note


Conditions Governing Use

For permission to publish, please contact Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library in the first instance

Copyright probably held by Methodist Missionary Society.

Related Material

Two copies of the 'Bubi na English primer' compiled by William B. Luddington & William Napoleon Barleycorn in 1875 are available for consultation in SOAS Library. A small number of photographs taken by Luddington can be found in MMS/West Africa/Photographs/Box 1195B (file 29).

Photocopies and transcripts of letters, dated 1887-1888, from Mr and Mrs Luddington to their daughter have recently been received but are not yet available for consultation. Apply to SOAS Archives for further information.