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Edmund Sykes Lamplough (1860-1940)

Edmund Sykes Lamplough was descended from the noted Wesleyan layman Dr James Hamilton (1740-1827).  Edmund was an underwriter and deputy —chairman of the famous London insurance house Lloyd's.

A devout Methodist, of whom it was said that he was married to his church, Lamplough occupied several leading lay offices such as the Treasurership of the Overseas Missionary Department and the co-Treasurership of the Ministerial Training Fund. He served as Vice-President of Conference in 1935. Lamplough was a passionate collector of Wesleyana and  was President of the Wesley Historical Society from 1927.

With his brother Williamson (1854-1925), Edmund was a generous benefactor of the New Room and Wesley's Chapel in City Road, London. He also restored and refurnished Charles Wesley's Bristol house and presented it to the Methodist Church. The brothers built Sunfields Chapel in Blackheath as a memorial to their parents.

Lamplough's collection of Wesleyan manuscripts are now on deposit with the Methodist Archives at the University of Manchester Library.

Source: A Dictionary of Methodism in Britain and Ireland, edited by John Vickers (2000) and  The Methodist Recorder, 20th October 1940

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