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Trustees of Charles Simeon: Correspondence, Minutes and Papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8293

Scope and Contents

The Revd Charles Simeon (1759-1836), Fellow of King's College and Vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Cambridge, began to purchase advowsons in 1817 in order to secure an Evangelical ministry in perpetuity in important centres. Friends contributed money for the purpose and some were associated with Simeon as Trustees of the livings. In 1829 Simeon drew up a 'Solemn Charge' to his Trustees, setting out the principles on which they were to make appointments, which was printed in 1833. In January 1836 a deed was drawn up bringing all the advowsons into one trust, but the intention of creating a charitable trust was frustrated by Simeon's death on 13 November 1836. The Trust was incorporated as a company on 11 October 1960.


  • Creation: 1798-1981


Conditions Governing Access

Access to the deposited records is unrestricted, and use may be made of them in publications without reference to the Trustees. Formal permission should, however, be sought for any full-length publication of material derived from them.


46 archive box(es) (46 boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Trustees deposited the minute books, accounts, correspondence, and some miscellaneous papers in Cambridge University Library 1981-84. These were briefly listed by Canon H.E.Hopkins in 1987 (list revised 1995-6, sections A-E following). In 1994 the original deeds were also deposited (section F), and were listed by the Rev. N. Pollard.

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Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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