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Westminster Diocesan Archives

Series C: papers of St Gregory's, Paris and the English Mission


Reference code(s): GB 0122 Series C

Held at: Westminster Diocesan Archives

Title: Series C: papers of St Gregory's, Paris and the English Mission

Date(s): 1701-1782

Level of description: Series

Extent: 2 boxes

Name of creator(s): Dicconson | Edward | 1670-1752 | Vicar Apostolic of the Northern District
St Gregory's | Paris


Administrative/Biographical history:

St Gregory's was a small college belonging to the English secular clergy founded in Paris in the late 17th century. Its main purpose was to enable suitable ecclesiastics who had completed their training at Douai or the other colleges abroad to pursue advanced studies at the Sorbonne before working on the mission to England. It closed in 1786.

The 'English Mission' was an unofficial term for the pastoral activity of the Catholic Church in England from the reign of Elizabeth I to the restoration of the hierarchy in 1850.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of St Gregory's, Paris, (the Paris Seminary), 1701-1782 and an account of the English Mission by Bishop Edward Dicconson, Vicar Apostolic of the Northern District, [c 1741-1752].


Language/scripts of material: English, French and Latin.

System of arrangement:

Arranged in two sections as outlined in the Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

Open for consultation by appointment only between 12:00 - 5:00, Mondays and Wednesdays. Call: 0207 938 3580 or email: for appointments.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only on the undertaking of a copyright declaration. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Westminster Roman Cathlic Diocesan Trustees.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

No additional finding aids.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Papers relating to Douai College used to form part of the C Series. These papers were given to St Edmund's College, Ware in 1965.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received by the archive from Archbishop's House.


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

Further material on the Paris Seminary can be found in Series A.

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Compiled by Sarah Drewery. Sources: Allison, AF, 'The Origins of St Gregory's Paris', Recusant History Vol 21, No 1, p11.

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 2008

Catholicism | Christianity | Ancient religions | Religions
Missionary training | Vocational education
Missions | Missionary work | Religious activities
Religious education | Social science education
Roman Catholics | Catholics | Christians | Religious groups

Personal names

Corporate names
St Gregory's | Paris x Paris Seminary