Papers of D Hamer and John Ellerton

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The archive consists of manuscript drafts of hymns written by John Ellerton (1867-1876) and the papers of Mr Hamer, a Welsh Congregational Minister, comprising notes for sermons, speeches and articles relating to social issues including women's suffrage and temperance (1891-1919).

Administrative / Biographical History

D Hamer (fl.1891-1919) was a Congregational Minister in Wales.

John Ellerton (1826-1893) was a hymn writer and editor of hymnals. He was born in London and educated at King William's College on the Isle of Man. Ellerton was ordained deacon in Chichester in 1850 and throughout his life held curacies in Eastbourne and Brighton in Sussex, Crewe Green, Shropshire, Surrey and Essex. He contributed to and edited many volumes of hymns including 'Hymns for Schools and Bible Classes' (1859) and 'Notes and Illustrations of Church Hymns' (1881). He wrote eighty-six hymns including 'The day thou gavest, Lord, has ended' which was chosen for her diamond jubilee service by Queen Victoria in 1897. He married Charlotte Alicia in 1860 with whom he had seven children. He died in 1893.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for research. Readers are advised to contact The Women's Library in advance of their first visit.

Acquisition Information

Bought at auction in 1999 - gift of the Friends of The Fawcett Library.

Other Finding Aids

The Women's Library Catalogue

Custodial History

The papers of John Ellerton and D Hamer had been placed together in one folder, in no discernable order, having been described at auction as the papers of Mr Hamer. As at Aug 2006 there was no information about why Mr Hamer's papers included some of Ellerton's draft hymns.