Political: Constituency: Woodford [Essex], 1943 - 1965
Scope and Contents
This class of papers covers WSC's time as Conservative MP for Woodford, where he served from 26 July 1945 to 15 October 1964. His earlier years as MP for Epping [Essex] are covered in the pre-1945 Chartwell Papers at CHAR 7.The vast majority of the papers consists of correspondence handled by WSC's office and local officials, particularly representatives of Woodford Division Conservative Association, including the Honorary Secretaries and Agents Frederick Mummery, and later W Hubert Barlow-Wheeler. They are arranged in two main sections; the first part (and also the final five files) consists of files relating to local events and organizations, such as the Woodford Conservative Association, its officials, General Election campaigns and local authorities. The second, larger section consists of a series of constituents' correspondence, including correspondence with constituency and Government officials on individual cases. These files are arranged alphabetically according to the surname of the correspondent, and also occasionally according to a particular subject or organization, and run in chronological order, although in many cases papers from an earlier date have been brought forward. The files cover standard constituency business, such as WSC's support for various local associations, and a range of local concerns put forward by constituents, including war damage and the resulting housing shortage, the re-development of the Woodford area, taxation, rationing, local education and transport. There are also many letters from constituents on personal matters, such as pensions, National Service (including demobilization), employment and health. In a large number of files, where correspondents give particularly sensitive and confidential personal information relating to potentially living people, some items have been closed on data protection grounds for periods intended to cover the lifetime of the individual concerned.
- 1943 - 1965
Conditions Governing Access
The Churchill Papers are made available to researchers using Churchill Archives Centre and worldwide in digital format. The digital edition of the Churchill Papers is published by Bloomsbury Academic and is available online to subscribing institutions at churchillarchive.com. The Churchill archive is freely available in our reading rooms and onsite at Churchill College (via the Churchill College wireless network). Researchers can download images of documents directly from churchillarchive.com and so are encouraged to consider bringing a laptop or other device for this purpose. For conservation reasons, the fragile originals are no longer issued to researchers.
This digital edition is open to researchers unless otherwise marked in the catalogue. Some material has been closed by the Cabinet Office or by Churchill Archives Centre in accordance with data protection legislation.
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