George Hull Bowers: Papers

Reference and contact details: GB 12 MS.Add.8862
Title: George Hull Bowers: Papers
Dates of Creation: Early 19th century-early 20th century
Held at: Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
Extent: 2 boxes
Name of Creator: George Hull Bowers, Dean of Manchester
Language of Material: English
Level of Description: fonds

Administrative/Biographical History

George Hull Bowers (1794-1872), Rector of St Paul's, Covent Garden, 1832-1847, and Dean of Manchester, 1847-1871. Bowers promoted schemes for 'schools for the sons of clergymen and others', and was a founder of Marlborough School, Wiltshire. He suggested the foundation of Rossall School, Fleetwood, Lancashire, and promoted Haileybury College, Hertfordshire. He was an advocate of the 'free and open church movement', and was instrumental in the erection of St Alban's Church, Cheetwood, Manchester.

Scope and Content

Letters and papers to Bowers as Rector of St Paul's, Covent Garden, especially from the patron, the Duke of Bedford; letters and papers about the foundation of Marlborough College; letters and papers to Bowers as Dean of Manchester, especially about the Manchester Parish Division Act, 1850; and papers on education, including a scheme for increasing the revenues of Rossall School, 1860.

[1] Personal papers, including documents on Bowers' appointment to the Covent Garden Church; commonplace book; passport; Mrs Bowers' diary, 1864; and newspaper obituaries of Bowers.

[2] Letters to Bowers as Rector of St Paul's, Covent Garden, 1831-1847.

[3] Papers on Marlborough School, 1842-1858, including pamphlets, rules, prospectuses, a form-list, travel arrangements for boys, a poster of dormitory rules, and a declaration by tradesmen of Marlborough.

[4] Letters about Marlborough School, 1843-1861: letters from subscribers or potential subscribers to the original fund; letters on the appointment of the first masters, 1843; letters from or about members of the Council; and letters on nominees and nominations for places in the school.

[5] Papers as Dean of Manchester, including a copy of the charter to the Collegiate Church, Manchester, 1635; the form of enthronement of James Prince Lee, Bishop of Manchester; letters, petitions, memoranda and newscuttings on the Manchester Parish Division Act, 1850; and an account of the foundation of St Alban's, Strangeways and Cheetwood, Manchester, 1854-1858.

[6] Letters to Bowers as Dean of Manchester.

[7] Papers on education, including a title deed for a school at Chorlton-cum-Hardy, 1843; a scrapbook of newscuttings on education, 1846-1847; Rossall School calendars, 1857 and 1863, and a plan for increased fees, 1860; and a prospectus for Haileybury College.

[8] Letters from Bowers to his wife and daughters.

[9] Miscellaneous material of the Bowers and Stapylton families.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposited by Miss Madeleine Stapylton, 1968 and 1991

Access Conditions

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Finding Aids

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