This collection comprises official and personal papers of Alfred Morris Gelsthorpe which includes correspondence, copy minutes and other papers as assistant bishop and bishop in the Sudan concerning the interrelationship between CMS, its missionaries and the local church. It also includes a typescript biography, his own recollections and other miscellaneous letters and papers.
Papers of Morris Gelsthorpe
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 150 CMS/ACC300
- Dates of Creation1924-1973
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description6 files, 2 documents and 1 photograph
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Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Alfred Morris Gelsthorpe (1892-1968) was educated at Hatfield College, Durham. He was ordained as deacon in 1919 and priest in 1920 and became curate of St Gabriel's, Bishop Wearmouth, 1919-1923. He was accepted as a CMS missionary in 1923 and served at Akwa in Eastern Nigeria, becoming Principal of the CMS Akwa Training College in 1928 until 1932. In 1933, he was consecrated as Assistant Bishop to the Bishop on the Niger and in 1938 was appointed as Assistant Bishop to the Bishop in Egypt and the Sudan, Bishop Gwynne. In 1945, when Sudan was created a separate diocese, he became Bishop in the Sudan where he remained until his resignation in 1952. He returned to England where he was rector of Bingham, 1953-1963 and Assistant Bishop of Southwark.
Reference: Crockford's Clerical Directory, 1963-1964.
This collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into two series: Official Papers and Miscellaneous Papers.
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Open. Access to all registered researchers.
Presented to the CMS in July 1973; transferred on permanent loan to the Special Collections Department by the CMS in the 1980s.
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