fonds ADDLESHAW - Papers of the Addleshaw Family

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Papers of the Addleshaw Family


  • [1874-1970s] (Creation)

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0.52 cubic metres

28 boxes and 5 volumes

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Biographical history

George William Outram Addleshaw was born in 1906, the son of Stanley Addleshaw, a parish priest, and his wife Rose. He read Modern History at Trinity College, Oxford, before studying theology at Cuddesdon College. He was ordained deacon in 1930 and priest in 1931, both at Winchester.

In 1930 he was appointed curate of Highfields, Southampton, a post he held until 1937 when he moved to Basingstoke. It was during this period that he travelled to Belgium and France with Gerald Ellison, later Bishop of Chester, to make a study of the Jocist movement, which promoted Christian values among industrial workers.

Between 1939 and 1946 he was Vice Principal of St Chad’s College, Durham. He was made examiner chaplain to the Archbishop of York from 1942 and to the Bishop of Chester from 1955, and was also chaplain to The Queen between 1957 and 1964.

In 1946 he was made Canon Residentiary at York Minster and Treasurer of York, and in 1949 he became curate in charge of York, St Michael le Belfrey. During his time at York he took a particular interest in the fabric of York Minster, helping to raise nearly £250,000 for urgent repair work. He was also secretary of the Canon Law Commission from 1948 and served in the Convocations of Durham and York.

In 1963 he was made Dean of Chester. As Dean he oversaw renovations at Chester Cathedral and worked with architect George Pace to plan the new freestanding bell tower there, now known as Addleshaw Tower.

Addleshaw was a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society from 1949 and published several books, including ‘The High Church Tradition: A Study in the Liturgical Thought of the Seventeenth Century’ in 1941, ‘The Architectural Setting of Anglican Worship’, which he wrote with architect R. A. Etchells in 1948, and ‘Rectors, vicars and prtons in twelfth and early thirteenth century canon law’ in 1987.

Dean Addleshaw died on 14 June 1982.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 1977.

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Scope and content

Personal and family papers and correspondence, working notes and printed material of the Reverend George William Outram Addleshaw, Treasurer of York Minster and Dean of Chester, c.1874-1970s. Includes collection of theatrical programmes, 1911-1960.


Further accruals are not expected.

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Conditions governing access

Records are open to the public, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including data protection laws. 24 hours' notice is required to access photographic material.

Conditions governing reproduction

A reprographics service is available to researchers subject to the access restrictions outlined above. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the document. Copies are supplied in accordance with the Borthwick Institute for Archives' terms and conditions for the supply of copies, and under provisions of any relevant copyright legislation. Permission to reproduce images of documents in the custody of the Borthwick Institute must be sought.

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  • English
  • French
  • Latin

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The archive has not yet been catalogued, please contact the Borthwick Institute for further information.

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The records of the Treasurer of York Minster are deposited at the Borthwick Institute as part of the York Diocesan Archive (Reference: YDA).

Postcards from Dean Addleshaw to Eric Milner White, 1959-1960, are deposited at Cambridge University: King's College Archive Centre (Reference: EMW/5/1).

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Rules and/or conventions used

ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).

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Created by S. A. Shearn, 20.03.17.




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