fonds FMAN - Records of the Reverend Francis Arthur Mann and Family

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Records of the Reverend Francis Arthur Mann and Family


  • 1816-c 1985 (Creation)

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0.16 cubic metres

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Biographical history

Reverend Francis Arthur Mann was born in Bradford in 1867, the son of Jonas and Ann Mann. Educated at the University of Durham, he was ordained deacon in 1898 and priest in 1899 at York. He was appointed curate of Masbrough from 1898 to 1900; Kimberworth from 1900 to 1906; and St Hilda, Middlesbrough from 1906 to 1909. In 1909 he was appointed rector of St Margaret's Church, Walmgate, York, a post held until 1929 when he appointed vicar of Stainton in Cleveland.

In 1900 he married Martha Hannah Haigh. The couple had at least two children, Francis John born in 1902 and Margaret born in 1906. Margaret went on to become a noted scholar of Renaissance literature and history. She married archaeologist Charles William Phillips in 1940.

Reverend Mann died at Stainton in 1947.

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Dr Margaret Mann Phillips was born on 23 January 1906, the daughter of Reverend Francis Arthur Mann, then rector of St Margaret's, Walmgate, in York. She was educated at York College for Girls and then at Somerville College at the University of Oxford where she studied French.

After graduation she embarked on an academic career, working at the University of Bordeaux, the University of Manchester, and St Hilda's College, Oxford. She completed her doctorate in 1934 at the University of Paris. She was subsequently elected as a Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge, and was Director of Studies there until 1945.

Mann-Phillips specialised in Renaissance history and literature, in particular the Dutch scholar Desiderius Erasmus. In 1949 she published the seminal work 'Erasmus and the Northern Renaissance,' the first of a number of works by her on this subject.

She married archaeologist Charles William Phillips in 1940. After taking some time away to raise her family in the late 1940s, she returned to teaching in the 1950s and in 1964 she was appointed Reader in French at King's College, London.

She retired in 1968 but continued to teach at University College, London, and to present to historical and literary societies in the UK and abroad. She died at Oxford on 18 September 1987.

In addition to her academic work, Margaret Mann Phillips published a memoir of her childhood in York, 'Within the City Walls,' in 1943.

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Francis John Mann was born in Rotherham in 1901, the son of the Reverend Francis Arthur Mann and Martha Hannah Mann. He was educated at St Peter's School, York, and Keeble College, Oxford. He was ordained deacon in 1925 and priest in 1926 at York. He was appointed curate of St John, Newington, Hull between 1925 and 1929; St Mary Bishophill Senior, York, between 1929 and 1931; Skelton-in-Cleveland between 1931 and 1935; vicar of Dormanstown between 1935 and 1944; Goathland between 1944 and 1945; rector of Sutton-on-Derwent between 1952 and 1957; All Saints Pavement and St Crux, York, between 1957 and 1973.

In 1935, Francis Mann spent one month as temporary curate-in-charge of the parish of St Peter's, Edgmond, in Shropshire. In Edgmond he met and married Pauline Howes in 1935. The couple had at least one child, a daughter born in 1938. Mann was a keen amateur photographer.

He died in York in 1973.

Archival history

The records were previously held at Somerville College, University of Oxford.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was gifted to the Borthwick Institute in 2015 by Somerville College, University of Oxford.

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Scope and content

Records of Reverend Francis Arthur Mann: diaries and account books, 1939-1947; books of sermons and notes, c 1900-c 1944; correspondence and notes, containing sermon notes, printed forms of prayer and service, correspondence, printed tracts, postcards, off-prints, papers relating to overseas travel, newspaper cuttings, copy of the 1816 court roll for the Manor of the Prebend of Strensall, 1816-1938; scrapbook containing letters, writings and drawings of his children Margaret and Francis John, , 1900-1973.

Records of Francis John Mann, the son of Francis Arthur Mann: photograph album compiled by Francis John Mann, including photographs of the Norman porch of St Margaret’s Church, York, and photographs taken during the summer of 1922, 1914-1925.

Records of Margaret Mann Phillips, the daughter of Francis Arthur Mann: letter from Edward Mann to Margaret Mann regarding Henry Mann, Vicar of Stainton in the early 17th century, and further family history, 1936; research notes, papers and 2 photographs relating to John Strange Winter [Henrietta Stannard] and his family, Henry Vaughan Palmer (Rector of St Margaret's, York, in 1868), and Nancy Stannard, c.1978-c.1985; correspondence concerning Diocese of York Pastoral Scheme to make St Margaret's redundant, 1977.


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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

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A typescript finding aid, to file level, is available for consultation in the searchroom of the Borthwick Institute.

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Rules and/or conventions used

ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2003); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).

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Created 19.08.16.
Updated by S. Kent, 31.01.2017.




Archivist's note

Scope and content prepared by Dr Amanda Jones.

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