Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/ACC300
TitleAccession 300: Papers of Morris Gelsthorpe
Extent6 files, 2 docs. and 1 photograph
DescriptionThis collection comprises official and personal papers of (Alfred) Morris Gelsthorpe which includes correspondence, copy minutes and other papers as assistant bishop and bishop in the Sudan concerning the interrelationship between CMS, its missionaries and the local church. It also includes a typescript biography, his own recollections and other miscellaneous letters and papers
ArrangementThis collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into two series: Official Papers and Miscellaneous Papers
Access ConditionsAccess to all registered readers
Finding AidsA catalogue of this collection (forming part of the wider CMS/ACC unofficial papers catalogue) is available on the online archive catalogue. Click on the Finding Number to display the summary contents list of the catalogue and to view the full catalogue. A paper copy of this catalogue is also available for consultation at Special Collections.
Access StatusOpen
Administrative History(Alfred) Morris Gelsthorpe (1892-1968) was educated at King's School, Canterbury and Hatfield College, Durham. He was ordained as deacon in 1919 and priest in 1920 and became curate of St Gabriel's, Bishop Wearmouth, 1919-1923. He was accepted as a CMS missionary in 1923 and served at Awka in Eastern Nigeria, becoming Principal of the CMS Awka Training College in 1928 until 1932. In 1933, he was consecrated as Assistant Bishop to the Bishop on the Niger and in 1938 was appointed as Assistant Bishop to the Bishop in Egypt and the Sudan, Bishop Gwynne. During the Second World War, he served in France and Mesopotamia in the Durham Light Infantry and the Machine Gun Corps, attaining the rank of Major and was awarded the DSO. In 1945, when Sudan was created a separate diocese, he became Bishop in the Sudan where he remained until his resignation in 1952. He returned to England where he was rector of Bingham, Nottinghamshire, 1953-1963 and Assistant Bishop of Southwell.
Source: Crockford's Clerical Directory, 1963-1964; letter to Special Collections from JM Gelsthorpe, 2005.
Custodial HistoryPresented to the CMS in July 1973; transferred on permanent loan to the Special Collections Department by the CMS in the 1980s
Related MaterialThe Special Collections Department holds the Church Mission Society Archive, the official archive of the society (GB 0150 CMS), which includes papers relating to Gelsthorpe's service as a CMS missionary and activities as assistant bishop and bishop


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