RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
Alt Ref NoFP Randolph
Extent17 volumes
TitleRandolph, John (1749-1813), Bishop of London
DescriptionThe collection includes visitation returns for the entire diocese, 1810 (volumes 9-12), and a supplementary series of returns about curates, lecturers and chapels in 1812, which were confined mainly to the city of London (volume 14). A further volume of returns consists of the original replies to the enquiry initiated by the House of Lords about the numbers of places of worship in parishes with a population of over 1,000 in 1810 (volume 13).
FindingAidsCatalogue descriptions based on index by Melanie Barber, Deputy Librarian, March 1988, combining a comprehensive index of correspondents and places, with a selective subject index. The visitation returns were indexed under parish or place, and not under the name of the clergyman responsible for making the return.

The letters and papers were addressed either to tbe bishop or to his secretary, William Wright. This distinction has not however been retained in the catalogue descriptions since the secretary was acting in the name of the bishop.
AdminHistoryThe Randolph Papers include seven volumes of correspondence relating to the administration of the diocese of London (volumes 1-3, 5-8). Much of this correspondence was generated by the bishop's implementation of the provisions of 43 George III, c. 84, enforcing the residence of the parochial clergy. Under this act, clergy were required to make an annual return to the bishop of their residence, or reasons for their non-residence. Clergy were exempted from residence on precise grounds, such as the holding of a canonry or a university fellowship; they were also granted licences for non-residence on account of infirmity or lack of a suitable parsonage house. Non-resident incumbents were required to appoint a curate to officiate in their stead.
AcquisitionThe papers form part of the Fulham Papers which were originally at Fulham Palace, and were deposited in the Library in two instalments in 1960 and 1977.

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68Randolph; John (1749-1813); Bishop of London1749-1813
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