fonds PWAD - Autobiography of Patrick Waddington

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Autobiography of Patrick Waddington


  • 1978 (Creation)

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0.012 cubic metres

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Biographical history

Patrick Waddington was born in York on 19 August 1901, the grandson of piano manufacturer William Henry Waddington, who had managed York’s Theatre Royal in the 1890s.

An actor and singer, his career spanned more than fifty years in film and television. His first on screen acting role was as Arthur Noel-Vane in the 1926 silent film, ‘If Youth But Knew’. In the 1930s he performed alongside Peggy Cochrane in ‘That Certain Trio’ and in 1958 he appeared in Titanic film ‘A Night to Remember’. He also appeared in two episodes of BBC sitcom Dad’s Army in the 1960s, playing the Brigadier.

Waddington was also a member of York Merchant Adventurers from 1933 and General Secretary of The Actors Charitable Trust (TACT) from 1951.

In 1986 he self-published his autobiography, ‘Patrick: Or, That Awful Warning.

He died on 4 February 1987 at York.

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Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The item was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 2013.

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Typescript draft autobiography of Patrick Waddington, 1978.


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

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Further papers of Patrick Waddington, 1967-1988, are held by the York Merchant Adventurers' Company at their hall in York.

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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, 16.02.17.




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