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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/417
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1888-1951
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 5 volumes.
Name of creator(s): Diocese of Western China


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Church Missionary Society began activities in Western China in 1891, establishing an outpost in Chungking [Chongqing] in Szechwan [Sichuan] Province. By 1894 they had expanded to Mienchow, Chungpa, Anhsien, and Sintu. They were supervised by the Bishop of Mid-China, but he found it impossible to supervise a district which was geographically far removed from his own. Therefore a separate Diocese was created, and the Reverend William Wharton Cassels was appointed Bishop in 1895.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Diocese of Western China, comprising registers of baptisms and marriages and baptism and marriage certificate books.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

CLC/147/MS17360-61:Registers; CLC/147/MS17362: Certificates.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information may be subject to access restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The records of the Diocese of Western China were deposited in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library in April 1977. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

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Description Notes

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:
August to October 2010.

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