Webb, Benjamin, 1819-1885 (ecclesiologist and Church of England clergyman)
- Existence: 1819 - 1885
Benjamin Webb (1819-85), ecclesiologist and Church of England clergyman, was born on 28 November 1819, at Addle Hill, Doctors' Commons, London. On 2 October 1828 he was admitted to St Paul's School under Dr John Sleath, and he went on as an exhibitioner to Trinity College, Cambridge, in October 1838. He graduated BA in 1842 and proceeded MA in 1845. As secretary, and editor of The Ecclesiologist from 1839 to 1868, Webb played a pivotal role in what came to be known as the Cambridge Movement, an aesthetic equivalent to the theology of the Oxford Movement. Webb was ordained deacon in 1842 and priest in 1843, and served as curate first at Kemerton in Gloucestershire, and afterwards at Brasted in Kent (1849-51). Webb was appointed by Bishop Jackson of London in 1882 to a prebend in St Paul's Cathedral. He died at his house, 3 Chandos Street, Cavendish Square, London, on 27 November 1885.
Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:
Artificial collection of single item or small collection accessions. Mainly correspondence but includes other papers.
List of members with notes of the dates and reasons for their resignations, 1845, 92 folios. Additional lists of names occur at fos 76-80. Attached to fo. 1v is a letter from C.C. Babington to John Willis Clark, 22 March 1887.
Letters mostly to Clark, with some to his wife Frances Clark (d.1908), Adam Sedgwick (1785-1873) and others, mainly routine in nature, and collected for their autograph value. Another volume, containing letters of scientists, was not acquired. The original numbering in each volume has been retained; in this catalogue the letters are grouped by subject.