Edgar Fawcett: Reminiscences of Bishop Cridge

Scope and Content

Edgar Fawcett, 'Reminiscences of Bishop Cridge, 1854-1923', in typescript, 52 folios.

(fo. 1) Extracts from the diary of Bishop E. Cridge covering his marriage and departure from England for Victoria, Vancouver Island, September - October 1854; (fo. 1) reminiscences of Bishop Cridge from the time of his arrival in Vancouver Island by Edgar Fawcett. A notice of the Bishop by J.D.H. Dickson, further extracts from the Bishop's diary, and an obituary notice and account of his funeral from two local newspapers are added; (fo. 33) list of members of the Reformed Episcopal Church of Vancouver Island at its formation under Bishop E. Cridge in 1874.

On fo. 13 is a photograph of Bishop Cridge and his wife in old age, and on fo. 17* a photograph of Christ Church, Victoria, taken in 1860. On fo. i in E. Fawcett's hand: 'Cambridge University Musical Society with the complements of the Author, Victoria B.C. June 20/23'. Before the word 'Musical' J.D.H. Dickson has pencilled and initialled 'Peterhouse'.

Administrative / Biographical History

Edward Cridge (1817-1913) was born in Bratton, Fleming, Devon, on 17 December 1817, the son of John Cridge, schoolmaster. He received his early education under his father's direction, before attending schools at Worth and South Milton. He was employed as third master of the Grammar School at Oundle, Northampton, before joining Peterhouse, Cambridge. He passed the theological examination at Cambridge in 1848, and was appointed curate of the church of North Walsam, Norfolk. In 1851 he was appointed to Christ Church at West Ham, London. Cridge became chaplain to the Hudson Bay Company for Vancouver Island in 1854, and travelled to Victoria, Canada, arriving in 1855. He held regular services in New Church, which was completed in 1856, as well as carrying out ministerial work at Colwood, Esquimalt and elsewhere. He was a bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church, 1875-1913. He died on 6 May 1913.

Edgar Fawcett grew up in Victoria, Canada, and was educated at the Collegiate College. He attended Bishop Cridge's church.

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Acquisition Information

Presented by J.D.H. Dickson, 1923.


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

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