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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
WACE, Very Reverend Henry (1836-1924)
Created 1874-1894
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 volume


Name of creator(s)

Wace, Henry, 1836-1924, Very Reverend, Principal of King's College London

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 10 December 1836, London; educated at Marlborough, Rugby, King's College London and Brasenose College Oxford, attaining a BA in Classics and Mathematics; Honorary Fellow of Brasenose, 1911; ordained Curate, St Luke's, Berwick Street, London, 1861-1863; St James's, Piccadilly, London, 1863-1869; Grosvenor Chapel, London, 1870-1872; delivered Boyle Lectures, 1874, 1875; Bampton Lectures at Oxford, 1879; Warburton Lecturer at Lincoln's Inn, 1896; Select Preacher at Oxford, 1880-1881, 1907 and at Cambridge, 1876, 1891, 1903 and 1910; Professor of Ecclesiastical History, King's College London, 1875; Prebendary of St Paul's, 1881; Principal of King's College London, 1883-1897; Chaplain of Lincoln's Inn, 1872-1880; Preacher of Lincoln's Inn, 1880-1896; Rector of St Michael's Cornhill, 1896-1903; Chaplain to Inns of Court Rifle Volunteers, 1880-1908; Dean of Canterbury from 1903; received honorary freedom of the City of Canterbury, 1921; died 9 January 1924.

Publications: Editor of A Dictionary of Christian Biography, literature, sects and doctrines with W Smith, 4 vols (John Murray, London, 1877-87); Some Central Points of Our Lord's Ministry (Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1890); editor of Sussex folk and Sussex ways: a new edition with illustrations (Chatto & Windus, London, 1892); Christianity and Agnosticism. Reviews of some recent attacks on the Christian Faith (W. Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh, 1895); editor of Luther's Primary Works, together with his shorter and larger Catechisms, translated into English with C A Buchheim, (Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1896); editor of The Doctrine of Holy Communion and its Expression in Ritual. Report of a conference held at Fulham Palace in October 1900 (Longmans & Co, London, 1900); editor of Confession and Absolution. Report of a Conference held at Fulham Palace on December 30 and 31, 1901, and January 1, 1902 (Longmans & Co, London, 1902); Christianity and Agnosticism (Christian Knowledge Society, London, 1904); The Education Crisis: letters on the subject by the Dean of Canterbury (H Wace), Dr. Clifford and others. Re-published from the "Times," January, 1907 (Christian Knowledge Society, London, 1907); Principles of the Reformation, practical and historical (James Nisbet & Co, London, 1910); editor of A Dictionary of Christian Biography and Literature to the end of the sixth century A D, with an account of the principal sects and heresies with W C Piercy (John Murray, London, 1911); Some Questions of the Day, biblical, national, and ecclesiastical (James Nisbet & Co, London, 1912); Some Questions of the Day, national, ecclesiastical and religious (Chas J Thynne, London, 1914); The War and the Gospel: sermons and addresses during the present war (C J Thynne, London, 1917); Creative Christianity (Addresses) with others (Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1921); The Story of the Passion, its own message considered in addresses (John Murray, London, 1922); The Story of the Resurrection (John Murray, London, 1923); Boyle, Bampton and Warburton lectures, and sermons.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Principal's records of King's College London.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Bound volume of printed documents, mainly relating to King's College London, some annotated by Wace, and including, Return made by the Council in compliance with a request received December 1893, from the Education Department ; Instructions to advise and opinion of counsel , 1893; Report of the Committee on grants to University Colleges in Great Britain, 1892; Fifth report of the Royal Commission on Scientific Instruction and the Advancement of Science, 1874; Gresham University Commission, The report of the Commissioners appointed to consider the draft charter for the proposed Gresham University in London, 1894, and Answers to the objections raised against the charter of the Gresham University ; Draft charter of the Gresham University, 1893; Corrections of mistakes in evidence affecting University College .

System of arrangement

1 volume

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services, King's College, London.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Draft handlist available in hard copy in the reading room of the College Archives.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

Correspondence with Edward White Benson, 1883-1896, letters to Archibald Campbell Tait, 1874-1882, and correspondence with Frederick Temple, 1896-1902, at Lambeth Palace Library; letters to Robert William Dale, 1875-1891, at Birmingham University Information Services, Special Collections Department; letters to Joseph Barber Lightfoot, 1870-1883, at Durham Dean and Chapter Library; letters to C C Osborne, 1905-1906, British Library, Manuscript Collections; letters to Brooke Foss Westcott, 1875-1894, Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Description control

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.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

Feb 2000

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  • Documents
  • Educational administration
  • Educational levels
  • Educational publications
  • Higher education
  • Higher education institutions
  • Information sources
  • Official publications
  • Universities

Personal names

  • Wace, Henry, 1836-1924, Dean of Canterbury, Historian and Controversialist

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives

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