Luddington, William Broadbent

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Luddington's Diary in two volumes, dated April 1873 to March 1875, entitled 'Journal of our Mission at George’s Bay, Fernando Po'. Both volumes are indexed.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Broadbent Luddington was born at Brampton in Lincolnshire in March 1843, the son of a Primitive Methodist Minister. He himself became a minister of that church at Malton in Yorkshire in 1864. From 1873 until his death in 1888 Luddington divided his life between missionary work in Fernando Po [Bioko], 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 in a very poor state of health. Mrs Luddington died in August 1888 and her husband in the following November.

Conditions Governing Access

Unrestricted but only to be viewed on microfiche.

Acquisition Information

Deposited on permanent loan with the records of the Methodist Missionary Society in 1978.

Other Finding Aids

A Handlist to the Biographical Series of the MMS Archive is available for consultation in the Special Collections Reading Room in SOAS Library.

Alternative Form Available

The MMS archive to 1945 is available in a microfiche edition published by IDC.

Archivist's Note

This description compiled by Rosemary Seton, Archivist, SOAS with reference to The annual report of the Primitive Methodist Church, 1888-89.

Conditions Governing Use

No publication without prior permission in writing. Apply to SOAS Archives in first instance

Related Material

The School of Oriental and African Studies holds the records of the Methodist Missionary Society (Ref: WMMS/MMS), including letters and reports from individual missionaries.

Two copies of Bubi na English primer compiled by William B. Luddington & William N. Barleycorn, 1875 are available for consultation in SOAS Library.

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