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Papers of Reverend Howard Joseph Church

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Reports, memos, and speeches by the Reverend Howard Church relating to the Athi River Camp and Mau Mau rehabilitation.


  • 1953-1957


2 files (85 ff.)

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Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS.Afr.s.2257].
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Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 1213

Biographical / Historical

Howard Church was born on the 26 March 1904 and was educated at Perse School, Cambridge (1915-1918) and St. Lawrence College, Ramsgate (1918-1921). In 1925 he entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he passed a BA degree in 1928, and he then entered Ridley Hall Theological College (1928-1930). After serving as a curate of St. Johns, Blackheath (1930-1932), during which time he was ordained as a deacon (1930) and as a priest (1931), Church joined the Church Missionary Society in Kenya where he served as a missionary from 1933-1946. In 1947 he became vicar of St. Marks, Nairobi where he remained until 1953 at which point he started work at Athi River Camp. After Athi River Camp, Church's work included serving as the vicar of Christ Church, Sparkbrook, Birmingham (1956-1959). He retired in 1972 and died on the 1 March 1984.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Reverend Howard Church's widow on the 27 October 1995.
Papers of Reverend Howard Joseph Church
Marion Lowman
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom