Carpenter Papers

Scope and Content

The collection includes about 100 sermons preached at various places, including a sequence of thirty-eight preached at Exeter between 1935 and 1947, specifically including a number on the war years. Also there are a number of press cuttings relating to religion generally and specifically to his books, 1926-1955; and letters 1933-1952.

Administrative / Biographical History

Carpenter was born in London in 1877, son of Robert Spencer Carpenter. He was educated at University College School and Gonville and Caius College Cambridge. After a number of minor positions he was appointed Vicar and Rural Dean of Bolton, Lancashire, in 1922. In 1930 he was appointed Master of the Temple, having been appointed Chaplain to the King in 1929. At the same time (1930) he became Professor of Theology at Queens College, Harley Street, London; in 1935 he gave up these positions and came to Exeter as Dean. He published a number of books on faith and religion, including Faith in Time of War (1940).


The sermons have been bundled according to where they were preached.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation

Acquisition Information

It is suspected these papers were given to the University College at the time of his death.

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Conditions Governing Use

Usual University of Exeter arrangements apply

Geographical Names