Trustees of Charles Simeon: Correspondence, Minutes and Papers

Scope and Content

A. Minutes (3 boxes)

A/1. Minutes of the Trustees, 1836-1981; A/2. Minutes of the Incorporated Association, 1960-1980.

B. Accounts (1 box)

B/1. Charles Simeon's accounts, 1822-1836; B/2. Trustees's Cash Books, 1837-1928; B/3. Trustees's accounts with solicitors, 1839-1921; B/4. Legacies; B/5. Miscellaneous financial records.

C. Simeon's own papers (1 box)

C/1. Diaries; C/2. Instructions for Trustees; C/3. Correspondence about livings; C/4. Thornton livings; C/5. Personal letters of Simeon; C/6. Memorabilia.

D. Church histories and photographs (1 box)

D/1. Histories of churches; D/2. Photographs of churches.

E. Trustees' correspondence (3 boxes)

Mostly correspondence with and about livings, arranged by parish within dioceses. These are the modern dioceses, which were not necessarily the ones that the living was in when it was first acquired.

E/1. General; E/2. Bath and Wells Diocese; E/3. Blackburn Diocese; E/4. Bradford Diocese; E/5. Bristol Diocese; E/6. Canterbury Diocese; E/7. Carlisle Diocese; E/8. Chelmsford Diocese; E/9. Chester Diocese; E/10. Chichester Diocese; E/11. Coventry Diocese; E/12. Derby Diocese; E/13. Exeter Diocese; E/14. Gloucester Diocese; (E/15. Guildford Diocese, not used) E/16. Hereford Diocese; E/17. Leicester Diocese; E/18. Lichfield Diocese; E/19. Lincoln Diocese; E/20. Liverpool Diocese; E/21. London Diocese; E/22. Manchester Diocese; E/23. Monmouth Diocese; E/24. Norwich Diocese; E/25. Oxford Diocese; E/26. Peterborough Diocese; E/27. Portsmouth Diocese; E/28. Ripon Diocese; E/29. Rochester Diocese; E/30. St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese; E/31. Salisbury Diocese; E/32. Sheffield Diocese; E/33. Southwark Diocese; E/34. Southwell Diocese; E/35. Truro Diocese; E/36. Wakefield Diocese; E/37. Winchester Diocese; E/38. York Diocese.

F. Deeds and other legal documents (34 boxes)

The papers are arranged by parish as in section E.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Revd Charles Simeon (1759-1836), Fellow of King's College and Vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Cambridge, began to purchase advowsons in 1817 in order to secure an Evangelical ministry in perpetuity in important centres. Friends contributed money for the purpose and some were associated with Simeon as Trustees of the livings. In 1829 Simeon drew up a 'Solemn Charge' to his Trustees, setting out the principles on which they were to make appointments, which was printed in 1833. In January 1836 a deed was drawn up bringing all the advowsons into one trust, but the intention of creating a charitable trust was frustrated by Simeon's death on 13 November 1836. The Trust was incorporated as a company on 11 October 1960.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Most of the collection was deposited by the Trustees in 1981-1984. The original deeds were deposited in 1994.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.

Conditions Governing Use

Formal permission must be obtained for any full-length publication of material derived from the collection.

Custodial History

The deeds of the advowsons were deposited by Simeon in the Bank of England and were later transferred to the National Westminster Bank.