Fulham Papers: papers of the Bishops of London

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      GB 109 FULHAM
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  • Physical Description
      19 sub-fonds. Mostly bound volumes; some loose papers and parchment. Blomfield copy letter books (vols 1-60) on flimsy paper are only available in microformat. Diocesan returns 1766-1810 (Osbaldeston 5-7; Terrick 5-6, 14-15; Lowth 4-6; Porteous 24-30, 35-6; Randolph 9-13; Howley 48-50, 52) were badly damaged by damp and mould before transfer to the Library; even where the volumes have been conserved they may only be consulted in microformat.

Scope and Content

The majority of the collection dates from the 18th-19th centuries and includes correspondence on the administration of the diocese of London and on the churches (particularly in America and the West Indies) which came under the bishop's jurisdiction before the founding of separate episcopates in those countries. It also includes visitation returns for the diocese of London, 1763-1900.

Administrative / Biographical History

Bishops of London.


With the exception of the colonial material (FP1-42) and the general diocesan material (building accounts for St Paul's, 1639-40 (FP 43), papers 1598-1678 (FP 44), loose deeds 1423-1798 (FR 45)), all the papers were sorted and arranged by the Bishops of London (Compton to Fisher). They were bound by LPL mainly during the 1970s and 1980s. Most of the colonial series was sorted by Professor Manross prior to the completion of his calendar, and were arranged according to colony (America) and island (West Indies) in three principal series: correspondence, ordination papers and missionary bonds. These papers were bound in the early 1960s. Vols 41 and 42 were added in the 1970s.

Conditions Governing Access

A full readers ticket is required. See http://www.lambethpalacelibrary.org/

Other Finding Aids

Printed catalogues, handlists and indexes, published and unpublished. See http://www.lambethpalacelibrary.org/

Conditions Governing Use

Appraisal Information

Papers of Bishops Jackson and F. Temple were appraised and some administrative correspondence and papers relating to minor clergy and lay readers were destroyed (chiefly concerning licensing).

Custodial History

The Fulham Papers were originally stored at Fulham Palace (the residence of the Bishops of London); In 1944 the Church Commissioners removed the bulk of the collection from Fulham, and eventually transferred the records to LPL, beginning with the colonial series, during the 1950s, and the remainder in the early 1960s. Other records found at the Palace were subsequently transferred to Lambeth during the 1970s.

Correspondence on New York, which had strayed from the main colonial series in the late 19th century, was given to LPL by Lee, Bolton and Lee in 1976 (now FP 41, ff.35-343).

4 volumes of papers of Howley on the church overseas (now Howley 1-4) were given to LPL by the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Nov. 1981. These papers had been presented to SPG by Bishop Jackson in July 1969 and were bound up in 1884.

Letterbooks of Jackson as Bishop of Lincoln, 1853-1862, and 2 parts of a speculum, 1862, were deposited in the Lincoln Record Office in 1972.Fisher Papers were transferred from St. Paul's Cathedral in the 1980s, and in 1991.

In 1981 we rationalized the division of some series of the the London diocesan records between LPL and the Guildhall Library. LPL deposited ordination papers, 1749-1812, 1898-1903, statistics of churchwork, 1898-1903, and some estate records (LR Bill 14/13 ). The Guildhall transferred to LPL papers of Randolph and Howley on licensing for non-residence. The Guildhall Library deposited Blomfield letter-book, 1843-44, found among records of St. Andrew Undershaft, in 1991 (now Blomfield 74).

In 1984 four volumes were transferred from the Fulham material to the manuscript sequence (now MSS. 3360-3363). These were a commonplace book of Nathan, Prince of Harward; household book of Lionel Cranfield, Earl of Middlesex; copies of the statutes of St Paul's Cathedral, London.



Related Material

Archbishops' papers; especially Tait papers, which include material from his episcopate of London. Manuscripts; especially MSS. 929-42 (Gibson), 2098-2106 (Porteous); 2184-2213 (Howley); 3421-7 (Stopford); 4400-4431 (Gibson). SPG papers.