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Congregational College Archives

Date range: 1783-1980.

Archives of the Northern Congregational College, formerly the Lancashire Independent College, and of its predecessor and constituent institutions.

There are academic and financial records of twelve other training institutions which have been absorbed or become affiliated over the years:

  • Rotherham College (1795-1889)
  • Idle Independent Academy (1800-1831)
  • Leaf Square Academy
  • Pendleton (1809-1816)
  • Blackburn Academy (1815-1843)
  • Airedale Independent College (1831-1889)
  • Western College, Bristol (1845-1969)
  • Cavendish Theological College, Manchester (1860-1864)
  • Congregational Institute, Nottingham (1864-1920)
  • Yorkshire United Independent College, Bradford (1887-1958)
  • Paton College, Nottingham (1899-1968)
  • Bradford Student House (1909-1958)
  • Edinburgh Student House (1919-1940)

There are minutes and other records from four Congregational churches in Bradford (1783-1953), and the correspondence, diaries and papers of the Manchester minister William Roby (1766-1830).

See also the Congregational College printed collection and the Thomas Raffles collection.

Finding aids

Unpublished outline list.


The John Rylands Library

Using the reading rooms in the John Rylands Library