Correspondence of Franklin Baker

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 UCC/2/1
  • Former Reference
      GB 133 Cupboard A3 and C29
  • Dates of Creation
  • Physical Description
      24.5 x 21 cm 1 item, 197 pieces Poor condition: Stains inside front cover. Binding loose, repairs inside cover with tape. covers detached along with some letters.

Scope and Content

Letterbook in which 197 letters have been bound together. Extensive collection of letters with handwritten index on front page. Most of the letters are addressed to Franklin Baker. Gold lettering on the spine: 'Collection of Autographed Letters. To Rev. F. Baker of Bolton'.

Administrative / Biographical History

Franklin Baker (1800-1867), was born on 27 August 1800 in Birmingham the son of Thomas Baker, headmaster of the Lancastrian School Birmingham and his wife Charlotte, He was briefly a schoolmaster in Dudley before attending the University of Glasgow in 1820, where he graduated with an MA in 1822. He was ordained on 23 September 1824 and his first pulpit was Bank Street Chapel, Bolton, where he remained for some years. Following the building of a new church in 1853, Baker delivered four lectures commemorating the closing of the old chapel. These were published as The history of the rise and progress of nonconformity in Bolton in 1854. Baker was involved in charity work, notably during the cotton famine of 1862-4, and was active in Liberal politics. He married Mary Crook the daughter of a Liverpool merchant in 1835; the couple remained childless. Baker retired to Caton near Lancaster in 1864 and died on 25 May 1867 in Birmingham.


The letters are bound together and have been numbered sequentially, but some appear to be missing. These numbers have been adopted for catatloguing.


R. K. Webb, 'Baker, Franklin (1800-1867)',Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004) .