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The Papers of Sir Frederick Catherwood

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CATH

Scope and Contents

The collection of papers held at Churchill Archives Centre relate to Catherwood's European Parliamentary career and include papers on economic, monetary and political union; the Common Agricultural Policy and Northern Ireland.


  • Creation: 1954 - 1994

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

(Henry) Frederick (Ross) Catherwood was born 30 January 1925, the son of late Stuart and of Jean Catherwood. He was educated at Shrewsbury School, then at Clare College, Cambridge. In 1954, Catherwood married Elizabeth, daughter of late Rev Dr D. M. Lloyd Jones, with whom he had two sons and one daughter.

Catherwood began his career as a qualified Chartered Accountant and held senior positions within industrial firms between 1952-74. He was Conservative Member of Parliament for Cambridgeshire from 1974-84, then a European Member of Parliament for Cambridge and North Bedfordshire from 1984-94. He held several European Parliament positions and chaired the Committee for External Economic Relations (1979-84) which considered issues such as relations with the Gulf States, limitation of imports of Japanese cars, reduction of farm subsidies, and the removal of internal trade barriers. Catherwood was also Deputy Chairman of the European Democratic Group (1983-7) and Chairman of the cross-party group on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (-1993) which aimed to reduce the CAP costs. From 1983-9 and 1993-4 Catherwood was a member of the Joint Delegation between the European Parliament and the United States House of Representatives. He was also Vice-President of the Foreign Affairs and Security Committee.

Catherwood's publications include "The Christian in Industrial Society" (1964, rev. edn 1980), "The Christian Citizen" (1969); "A Better Way" (1976); "First Things First" (1979); "God’s Time God’s Money" (1987); "Pro Europe?" (1991); "David: Poet, Warrior, King" (1993) and his memoirs "At the Cutting Edge" (1995).

Sir Frederick Catherwood died on 30 November 2014.


29 archive box(es) : paper

Language of Materials



The papers are mainly arranged in the order imposed by Catherwood himself.

Other Finding Aids

The finding aid to the collection is available on the Janus website and in hard copy form in the reading room at Churchill Archives Centre and at the National Register of Archives in London.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was deposited at Churchill Archives Centre by Sir Frederick Catherwood, 1995, and by his son, Christopher Catherwood, 2008 and 2013.


The collection was listed by Natalie Adams of Churchill Archives Centre, January 2003, and Madelin Terrazas, July 2009. Catherwood himself had described the box files which make up this collection in some detail and his descriptions have been largely retained. Biographical information was obtained from Catherwood's entry in "Who's Who" (A and C Black) and from information supplied with the collection.


Catherwood, Sir Henry Frederick Ross, 1925-2014, Knight and economist

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

Churchill Archives Centre
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