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DICKINSON, Willoughby Hyett (1859-1943)


Reference code(s): GB 0074 F/DCK

Held at: London Metropolitan Archives

Title: DICKINSON, Willoughby Hyett (1859-1943)

Date(s): 1886-1949

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 0.76 linear metres (665 documents).

Name of creator(s): Dickinson | Willoughby Hyett | 1859-1943 | 1st Baron Painswick | politician


Administrative/Biographical history:

Willoughby Hyett Dickinson was born in 1859 at Stroud, Gloucestershire. He was knighted in 1918 and became a peer in 1930, taking the title Lord Dickinson of Painswick, where he had his family home.

In 1899 Dickinson became an Independent London County Council member for Wandsworth; his party came to be known as the Progressive Party. He was Deputy Chairman of the LCC 1892 to 1896, and Chairman in 1899. After serving as an alderman for a number of years he finally left the Council in 1907. Dickinson's career as an MP lasted from 1906 until 1918, for which period he was the Liberal member for North St Pancras; he joined the Labour Party in 1930.


Scope and content/abstract:

Personal papers of Willoughby Hyett Dickinson, Lord Dickinson of Painwick. These papers reflect Dickinson's interests as a London County Councillor, an MP and a peer, and also his involvement in the London Liberal Federation, of which he was Chairman 1896-1918, the World Alliance for promoting International Friendship through the Churches and the League of Nations Union.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

The papers are as Dickinson arranged them; with the exception of one file they are in strict chronological order-papers from 1889 are given the reference F/DCK/02, papers from 1890 the reference F/DCK/03, and so on. The exception is a file of papers concerning women's suffrage, a cause championed by Dickinson for many years: this file has the reference F/DCK/52 and is the last item on this list.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Physical characteristics:


Finding aids:

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Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in the Greater London Record Office on 6 October 1972.



Archivist's note:

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: Records prepared May to September 2011.

Local government personnel | Personnel | People by occupation | People
Members of Parliament | People by roles | People
Peers | People by roles | People
Personal archives | Archives
Personal papers | Primary documents | Documents | Information sources
Politicians | Political leadership | Internal politics
Suffrage | Electoral systems | Internal politics
Women | Sex | Sex distribution

Personal names
Dickinson | Willoughby Hyett | 1859-1943 | 1st Baron Painswick | politician

Corporate names
LCC | London County Council x London County Council
League of Nations Union x League of Free Nations Association x League of Nations Society
London Liberal Federation x London Liberal Party
World Alliance for Promoting International Friendship through the Churches