RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
LevelFonds
Alt Ref NoRCED
Extent25 files
TitleROYAL COMMISSION ON ECCLESIASTICAL DISCIPLINE
Date1899-1906
DescriptionThe Royal Commission transferred the records to Lambeth Palace on the completion of their work. These included minutes, report, publications submitted in evidence, and correspondence files. The Commission allocated a file for each correspondent or witness, numbered 1-862. However less that 10% of these correspondence files were transferred to Lambeth.
Appraisal2 post books and file of expenses paid were not kept.
LanguageEnglish
FindingAidsCatalogue descriptions based on typescript catalogue.
Descriptions available on the National Archives Discovery site <http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk> as well as the Library catalogue.
CreatorNameRoyal Commission on Ecclesiastical Discipline, 1904-
AdminHistoryIn 1904 a Royal Commission was set up 'to inquire into the alleged prevalence of breaches or neglect of the law relating to the conduct of divine services in the Church of England and to the ornaments and fittings of churches; and to consider the existing powers and procedure applicable to such irregularities and to make such recommendations as may be deemed requisite for dealing with the aforesaid matters'. It was chaired by Sir Michael Hicks Beach. 118 meetings were held, the first meeting taking place in May 1904. The inquiry lasted two years, and a variety of evidence was heard from clergy and laity representing both high and low churchmanship. 164 witnesses were examined, many of whom represented the Evangelical wing organised by the Joint Evidence Committee of the Church of England League and the National Protestant Church Union, and the Church Association. The report, which was signed 21 June 1906, was thereafter published together with the majority of the evidence heard by the Commission: "Report of the Royal Commission on Discipline" together with "Minutes of evidence taken before the Royal Commission".
RelatedMaterialThe service books, manuals and parish magazines, which were submitted in evidence and identified in the Commission's published report and evidence, have been transferred to the Printed Books sequence in the Library.
See also: Archbishops' papers; Fulham papers; MSS.

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611Royal Commission on Ecclesiastical Discipline; 1904-19061904-1906
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