Skip to main content

Cambridge University Libraries are providing a blend of online and controlled in-person services. Please see our website for more details.

Political: Constituency: Woodford [Essex]: papers and correspondence for the general election., Apr 1955 - Jun 1955

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 3/22A-B

Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: W Hubert Barlow-Wheeler, WSC's election agent (18); John Harvey, Chairman of Woodford Conservative Association (9); Stephen Pierssene, General Director, Conservative and Unionist Central Office, on a hoax letter from the "Conservative Propaganda Centre"; George Christ [Parliamentary Liaison Officer, Conservative Party, and Editor Weekly News Letter] (2); Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon] (2), (1) also from Clarissa Eden [earlier Clarissa Spencer-Churchill, later Clarissa, Lady Avon]; Alan Lennox-Boyd [later 1st Lord Boyd of Merton] on WSC speaking at Biggleswade [Bedfordshire]; George Murray of the Daily Mail on notes for possible inclusion in WSC's speeches (2); Michael Berry [later Lord Hartwell, Chairman], Daily Telegraph; Sir Roger Hawkey (2); [George] Chaplin [Vice-Chairman of Essex County Council]; Sir Frank Lord, Chairman, Oldham [Lancashire] Conservative Association; Sarah [Beauchamp, earlier Sarah Churchill and Sarah Oliver, later Sarah, Lady Audley]; 1st Lord Woolton [earlier Frederick Marquis, Chairman, Conservative and Unionist Central Office] (2); [Percy] Rugg [Chairman], Junior Carlton Club [Political Council]; [Sir Philip] Margetson, Assistant Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis. Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from: secretaries Lettice Shillingford [earlier Lettice Marston], Elizabeth Gilliatt, Doreen Pugh, and Gillian Maturin; Christopher Soames [Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister].Other subjects include: details of WSC's preparations, arrangements and itinerary for the election campaign and election night, including his adoption meeting; WSC's retirement as Prime Minister; Harvey's campaign in East Walthamstow [Essex]; the Chigwell [Essex] constituency; the wider publication of WSC's election address; local council election results; appeals and comments by constituents on a variety of issues, including Sunday opening, retail, foreign policy, transport, schools, pensions, equal pay for women, food, rating, tax, and animal rights; WSC's Liberal opponent; best wishes and congratulations on WSC's victory; thanks to election helpers; the return of WSC's election expenses.Also includes: source material for WSC's election address including an extract from WSC's speech (Woodford, 23 November 1954) and copies of his addresses for the 1950 and 1951 elections; drafts and copies of WSC's 1955 address on the state of Britain, Labour's policies particularly nationalisation, and foreign affairs; drafts and copies of "Things are better" leaflet; various election leaflets for Woodford, London and Westminster, and Sevenoaks [Kent] including (1) for Sir Harold Webbe; copy of Fabian report, "Management and Consent"; itineraries for WSC; WSC's resignation statement sent to Harvey; the text of WSC's resignation broadcast; information on the "Socialist" candidate Keith Milner and John Biggs-Davidson; cuttings on WSC's campaigning; material from various pressure groups including a circular letter from 25th Lord Grey de Ruthyn [earlier John Butler-Bowdon] of the League Against Cruel Sports; copy of "Pig Farming"; canvas returns; election notices; list of election helpers; comparison of WSC's majorities between 1924 and 1951.


  • Apr 1955 - Jun 1955

Conditions Governing Access



2 file(s) (2 files (312 loose folios))

Language of Materials


The UK Archival Thesaurus has been integrated with our catalogue, thanks to Kings College London and the AIM25 project for their support with this.