Skip to main content

3rd Master: Thomas Leighton Williams (1909-1918), 1909 - 1918

Reference Code: GBR/1935/EDAR 1/3

Scope and Contents

Williams' papers include a general correspondence series together with substantial material relating to the financing and building of the Chapel.


  • Creation: 1909 - 1918


Biographical / Historical

Thomas Leighton Williams was born 20 March, 1877, educated at Cotton College (1887-93) and Oscott (1893-1900), and ordained priest for the diocese of Birmingham 24 August, 1900. At Cambridge (1900-03) he resided at St Edmund's House under the care of the non-Collegiate Students' Board, reading History for Part I and Political Economy for Part II. He took a good Second in both and proceeded BA in 1903. He spent the next year teaching at Cotton (1903-04) and another year (1904-05) as curate at Hanley. He then held office as Master of St Edmund's House (1909-18), from which he resigned to be Chaplain to the Forces (1918-20). He was in France until the armistice and then went on to Germany with the Army of Occupation. On leaving the Army he was sent to Oxford to open a House of Study for priests (1920-22). But St Charles' House had only a brief existence and Fr Williams went on to be President of Cotton College (1922-29). In the June of 1929 he was appointed Archbishop of Birmingham by the Holy See and was consecrated 25 July of that year. He died on April 1 1946. [Notes courtesy of Garrett Sweeney, 'St Edmund's House, Cambridge: The First Eighty Years'.]


12 file(s) : paper

Language of Materials



Williams, Thomas Leighton, 1877-1946

Finding aid date

2007-04-03 10:41:02+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the St Edmunds College Archive Repository

St Edmund's College
Mount Pleasant
Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB3 0BN United Kingdom
+44 (0)1223 336250