fonds GOODWYN - Goodwyn Collection

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Goodwyn Collection


  • 1832-1888 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.12 cubic metres

6 boxes

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Name of creator


Biographical history

Frederick Wildman Goodwyn was born 20 June 1850 in Madras, now Chennai, India, the second son of Thomas Wildman Goodwyn of Calicut in the East Indies. He was educated at Clifton College and Brasenose College, Oxford, where he graduated BA in 1872 and MA in 1875. He was ordained deacon in 1873 and priest in 1874 both in the diocese of Exeter, where he held his first curacy.

In 1876 he moved to the diocese of York and was curate of Doncaster 1876-1878 and vicar of St Andrew, Sharrow, Sheffield, 1879-1889. In 1887 he married Ethel, daughter of William Thomson, Archbishop of York, and was appointed chaplain to the Archbishop from 1887 to 1890. In 1888 he also became prebendary and canon of Stillington in York Minster, a dignity he held until 1917.

He left York in 1889 and subsequently held livings in Botherfield, Eastbourne, Whittington and Cheltenham. From 1917 to 1923 he was canon of Gloucester Cathedral.

Reverend Wildman Goodwyn retired to East Sussex and died in 1931.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 1969.

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Scope and content

Records of Thomas Wildman Goodwyn, father of Frederick Wildman Goodwyn, comprising a diary written in Madras, 1832-1833, letters, 1834, and a photograph album of Goodwyn family and friends, 19th century; records of Frederick Wildman Goodwyn, comprising history notebooks compiled at Brasenose College, Oxford, c.1872, a photograph album relating to Clifton College and Brasenose College, Oxford, 1866-1872, volume of newspaper cuttings, leaflets, service sheets and other printed material concerning general ecclesiastical affairs, 1873-1876, and parochial matters, mainly in Doncaster, 1876-1878, and St Andrew's Sharrow, Sheffield, 1879-1888, a photograph album presented to Rev. Goodwyn by St Mary Major Sunday Schools in Exeter, 1876, illuminated address presented to the Rev. Goodwyn from the parishioners of St Andrew's Sharrow, Sheffield, on the occasion of his marriage to Ethel, daughter of Archbishop William Thomson, 1887, three photograph albums containing photographs of Bishopthorpe Palace and grounds, Lingholme, Derwentwater, and the family of Archbishop Thomson, n.d.


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. 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.

Language of material

  • English

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Finding aids

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

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Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Further records relating to Archbishop Thomson are deposited at the Borthwick Institute as part of the York Diocesan Archive (Reference: YDA).

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Institution identifier

GB 193

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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Dates of creation revision deletion

Created by S. A. Shearn, 23.04.15.




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