Papers of Bishop Llewellyn Henry Gwynne

Reference code(s): GB 0150 CMS/ACC18
Held at: Birmingham - University of, Information Services, Special Collections Department
Title: Papers of Bishop Llewellyn Henry Gwynne
Date(s) of contents: circa 1880-1957
Level of description: Sub-fonds
Extent and medium: 159 vols., 12 files, and 8 items


Name of creator(s):

Administrative/Biographical history: Llewellyn Henry Gwynne, (1863-1957) Bishop of Egypt. Gwynne was vicar of Emmanuel Church, Nottingham 1892-1898; CMS missionary to Sudan 1899-1905; Archdeacon of Sudan, 1908; and Army Chaplain in Europe 1914-1919. He returned to Sudan 1919 and became Bishop of Egypt and the Sudan in 1921. He retired to England 1946 and died in 1957.
Reference: Finding aid

Custodial history: Deposited with the CMS by Mrs. L. Marsden per Canon Harper, 1961; transferred on permanent loan to the Special Collections Department by the CMS in the 1980s

Immediate source of acquisition:


Scope and content/abstract: This collection relates to Gwynne's lengthy career as clergyman and missionary. It includes an incomplete series of Gwynne's diaries, 1884-1957, together with some devotional diaries and appointment diaries. It also includes a series of 50 notebooks containing sermons and addresses which he delivered over the period 1906-1957. Other material includes correspondence, including letters from Gwynne to Miss Estelle Blythe, 1910-1956 and to Rev Morris Gelsthorpe, Assistant Bishop of Egypt and the Sudan, other letters received by him and some subject correspondence files. It also includes typescripts, manuscripts, printed copies of some of his writings and photographs relating mostly to Sudan and Egypt. Gwynne also compiled an army book relating to the service of army chaplains during the First World War which contains manuscript biographical information and newscuttings with illustrations, with a name index.

System of arrangement: This collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into two series: Family Papers (with some sub-series) and Miscellaneous Papers.


Language: English

Conditions governing access: Open. Some of Gwynne's diaries, those covering the period 1945-1957, are closed until 2030; similarly, his devotional diaries, 1944-1957, are closed until 2030. All other records are open to registered readers.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Finding aids: A catalogue of this collection to file and item level is available in electronic format on the University of Birmingham Information Services Online Archive Catalogue. A paper copy of this catalogue is also available for consultation in the Special Collections Department reading room.


Related material: The Special Collections Department holds the Church Missionary Society Archive, the official archive of the society, (GB 0150 CMS) which includes papers relating to Gwynne's service as a CMS missionary.


Date(s) of descriptions: Created 15/08/2001, modified 16/09/2002

First World War
Visual materials

Personal names
Gwynne | Llewellyn Henry | 1863-1957 | Anglican clergyman and missionary

Corporate names
Church Missionary Society

East Africa