Church Society (predecessor bodies)

Scope and Content

Records of the Church Association, 1867-1953 (minutes of council, special committees, annual meetings, directors' meetings). Minutes of the Clerical and Lay Union, 1870-1873. Minutes of the Bristol Church Association, 1870-1888. Records of the National Church League, 1911-54 (minutes of the council, special committees, council of the Church Sisters' Home, Chelsea; newspaper cuttings; register of students at Harley College).

Administrative / Biographical History

The Church Society was founded in 1950 by merger of the Church Association (founded 1865) and the National Church League (founded 1906). The latter body was an amalgamation of the National Protestant Church Union (founded 1893) and the Church of England League (founded 1904; formerly the Ladies' league, 1899). Other predecessor bodies include the Protestant Association (founded 1835) and the Protestant Education Institute (1870).The Society's aim is to seek to maintain the evangelical faith of the Church of England based on Holy Scripture, the Thirty-Nine Articles and the Book of Common Prayer. Continues to publish books, magazines, and to organise conferences and public meetings.


By organisation; chronologically.

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Acquisition Information

immediate source of acquistion


Source: Church of England Yearbooks.

Other Finding Aids

Typescript list. Many volumes have integral index.

Conditions Governing Use

Custodial History

Deposited by the Church Society in 1986.



Related Material

Archbishops' papers.