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BROADHURST, Rt Hon Henry, 1840-1911, MP


Reference code(s): GB 0097 BROADHURST

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: BROADHURST, Rt Hon Henry, 1840-1911, MP

Date(s): 1873-1910

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 2 boxes

Name of creator(s): Broadhurst | Henry | 1840-1911 | MP


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born in 1840; educated at Littlemore Village School, Oxfordshire; worked in a blacksmith's shop, then as a stonemason until 1872; Secretary, Labour Representative League, 1875; Secretary, Parliamentary Committee of the Trades Union Congress, 1875-1890; MP for Stoke-on-Trent, 1880-1885, Bordesley, 1885-1886, Nottingham, 1886-1892, and Leicester, 1894-1906; Under-Secretary of State, Home Department, 1886; served on Royal Commissions, including Reformatory and Industrial Schools, Housing of the Working Classes, and the Condition of the Aged Poor; offered and refused Inspectorship of Factories and Workshops, 1882, and the Inspectorship of Canal Boats, 1884; JP and Alderman, County of Norfolk; Poor Law Guardian, Erpingham Union; member of Cromer Urban District Council; Chairman, Lifeboat Committee; founder of Tooting Common Club; founder of the Golf Links, Cromer and Sheringham, Norfolk; died 1911.
Publications: Henry Broadhurst, M.P: the story of his life from a stonemason's bench to the Treasury bench told by himself (Hutchinson & Co., London, 1901); Handy book on household enfranchisement (1885).


Scope and content/abstract:

Correspondence, mainly to the Rt Hon Henry Broadhurst, MP, 1873-1910, from correspondents including the Rt Hon William Ewart Gladstone, Prime Minister; the Rt Hon Joseph Chamberlain, MP; the Rt Hon Sir William George Granville Venables Vernon-Harcourt, MP; John Duke, 1st Baron Coleridge; Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke; Henry James, 1st Baron James of Hereford; Francis Knollys, 1st Viscount Knollys; George H Croxden Powell; Archibald Philip Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery; and Charles Robert Wynn-Carrington, 1st Marquess of Lincolnshire. There is a name index in the catalogue.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

The correspondence is arranged chronologically.

Conditions governing access:

This collection has been microfilmed and the originals withdrawn from public use for preservation purposes. The microfilm must be used. Apply to Archivist for originals.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Apply to Archivist for copyright details. Microfilm copies only.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Printed handlist available.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Previously listed as Coll L/SR 151.

Immediate source of acquisition:


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Microfilm made available by Follet Preservation Microfilming Project, 1998. Films are held on open access in the Library (Archives MF 65-66).

Related material:

The BLPES holds a typescript of Broadhurst's autobiography (Ref: Coll Misc 0269); there is correspondence with him in the papers of Alfred George Gardiner (Ref: Gardiner/1/4), the Frederic Harrison papers (Ref: Harrison/1/22), and the papers of the Independent Labour Party (Ref: ILP/4/1894).

The Bishopsgate Institute, London, holds letters to George Howell, MP, 1873-1886; the British Library, London, has correspondence with William Ewart Gladstone, 1878-1896 (Ref: Add MSS 44456-524); the Bodleian Library, Oxford University, contains correspondence with John Wodehouse, 1st Earl of Kimberley, 1882-1883 (Ref: MSS Eng a 2013-14, b 2047-49, c 3933-4514, d 2439-92, e 2790-97), the TUC Library at the University of North London holds two manuscript volumes relating to Broadhurst's life and work, 1872-1905 (Ref GB 1924 Broadhurst).

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Sources: Who's Who 1897-1996 (A & C Black, 1996); British Library On-Line Public Access Catalogue 97; Historical Manuscripts Commission National Register of Archives. Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Sep 2000

Politics | Political science

Personal names
Broadhurst | Henry | 1840-1911 | Trades Unionist and politician
Carrington | Charles Robert | Wynn- | 1843-1928 | 3rd Baron Carrington and 1st Marquess of Lincolnshire | politician x Wynn-Carrington | Charles Robert x Carrington | 3rd Baron x Lincolnshire | 1st Marquess
Chamberlain | Joseph | 1836-1914 | statesman
Dilke | Sir | Charles Wentworth | 1843-1911 | 2nd Baronet | politician and author
Duke | John | 1820-1894 | 1st Baron Coleridge | Lord Chief Justice of England x Coleridge | 1st Baron
Gladstone | William Ewart | 1809-1898 | statesman
Harcourt | Sir | William George Granville Venables | Vernon- | 1827-1904 | Knight | statesman x Vernon-Harcourt | Sir | William George Granville Venables
James | Henry | 1828-1911 | 1st Baron James of Hereford | lawyer and statesman x James of Hereford | 1st Baron
Knollys | Francis | 1837-1924 | 1st Viscount Knollys | Private Secretary to King Edward VII x Knollys | 1st Viscount
Powell | George Herbert Croxden | 1856-1924 | poet and writer
Primrose | Archibald Philip | 1847-1929 | 5th Earl of Rosebery | statesman and author x Rosebery | 5th Earl of

Corporate names