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Political: Constituency: Woodford [Essex]: correspondence, mainly with representatives of Woodford Conservative Association., Nov 1950 - Dec 1958

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 3/12A-B

Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: [Cedric] Wordsell, Secretary and Agent [until 1951] (9); Sir James Hawkey, Chairman [until 1952] (18); Kathleen Kemp, Secretary to the Agent (17); W Hubert Barlow-Wheeler, Secretary and Agent [from 1952] (40); Malcolm McCorquodale; Rowland Arnison, Chairman [1952-1954] (4); John Harvey, Vice-Chairman [1952-1954], Chairman [1954-1956] (9); Squadron Leader Albert Cooper inviting WSC and CSC to lunch; Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon, Foreign Secretary]; George Christ [Parliamentary Liaison Officer, Conservative Party, and Editor Weekly News Letter] on speech ideas for WSC (3); Donald Forbes, Chairman [from 1956] (14); 2nd Lord Mancroft on addressing the Young Conservatives at Woodford. Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from: secretaries Chips Gemmell, Lorna Cowper, Lettice Marston (Lettice Shillingford), Jane [?Portal, later Lady Williams of Elvel], Grace Hamblin, ["Jo"] Sturdee ("N S") [later Lady Onslow], E Sayer, Elizabeth Gilliatt, Monica Graham, Anthony Montague Browne, and Doreen Pugh; CSC (President of Woodford Conservative Association); [Prime Minister's Private Secretaries] Peter Oates and John Colville; Christopher Soames; and from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to [Diana], Lady Mancroft.Other subjects include: constituents' enquiries mainly on housing matters; various association matters, including a delay in handing in some nomination papers, events such as a 1954 fete at the Royal Wanstead School [Essex] and a 1956 function at Chartwell [Kent], views on tensions with Egypt over the Suez Canal, visits by WSC and CSC, and local funding, recruiting, and personnel; requests for WSC or CSC to hold honorary positions, and attend or support local events; arrangements for visits to the House of Commons and Chartwell; matters concerning the 1951 general election including Liberal support; a rail disaster at Stratford [Essex]; requests for WSC's autograph; the differential rents scheme for council housing; matters concerning the local Young Conservatives; matters concerning WSC's speeches in the constituency.Also includes: various material produced by the association; a draft of Hawkey's contribution to the 1951 association Year Book; various drafts of messages and speeches in WSC's name (some from Christ), including notes for his speech (11 May 1957) on foreign policy, the Labour Party, and the government's achievements; appointment and agreement for Arthur Kelting to be WSC's election agent, 1951; list of those killed at Stratford; timetable for November 1954 visit to constituency; lists of invitees to the Chartwell function and of association officers and the executive council.


  • Creation: Nov 1950 - Dec 1958

Conditions Governing Access

Open, except for folio 50 which has been removed on grounds of data protection due to presence of sensitive personal information about potentially living individuals until review on 1 January 2027.


2 file(s) (453 loose folios)

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