Wellclose Square Trust

Scope and Content

Wellclose Square Fund for the rehabilitation of prostitutes and girls in 'moral danger' was founded by Rev Joseph Williamson (d 14 Mar 1988) in 1959. In 1987 it became the Wellclose Square Trust. Rev Williamson established Wellclose Houses: the first in Wellclose Square in Stepney, East London, then Goodmayes, Essex, and Birmingham (latter opened on 1 Jul 1970)

Consists of:

- correspondence relating to how the Wellclose Square Fund and the Josephine Butler Educational Trust could work together

- correspondence with and about the work of Martin Cole and his clinic in Birmingham (with press cuttings)

- newsletters of Wellclose Square Fund (1970-1971, 1974-1977, 1981-1983, 1986-1987, 1989)

- annual report for 1984

- balance sheet and accounts for 1967-1969


- pamphlet 'A reply to the lecture the place of law in the field of sex. Delivered to the Methodist Conference on 5 Jul 1972 by Rev John A Robinson'

For the following publications consult The Women's Library printed collections catalogue:

- leaflet 'Child Prostitution', Wellclose Square Fund (1970) (ref 306.7450941 WIL)

- pamphlet 'Prostitution and brothels' by Rev Joseph Williamson (1970) (ref 345.02534 WIL)

- pamphlet 'Contact' magazines, the sex cult and the sex business. An exposure and a call to all Christian leaders, Ministers of State and people of Goodwill. A reply and a challenge to Martin Cole by Rev Joseph Williamson' (1973) (ref 176.50941 WIL)