A collection of artefacts and documents, Archbishop Frederick Temple (1821-1902)
Lot 368
A collection of artefacts and documents, Archbishop Frederick Temple (1821-1902)
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Auction Details
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A collection of artefacts and documents, Archbishop Frederick Temple (1821-1902)
comprising a large silver Coronation Medal from the 1902 Coronation of Edward Vll, housed in an oak frame containing a signed photograph of Queen Alexandra and a letter to Mrs Temple from Queen Alexandra, dated 19th December 1902 on Buckingham Palace notepaper. Together with a smaller silver Coronation Medal and ribbon awarded to Mrs Temple, as wife of the Archbishop of Canterbury. Together with a printed silk cartoon of Archbishop Frederick by Sir Francis Gould on his appointment to Canterbury, two glass negatives of a letter of condolence from the Kaiser to Mrs Temple, together with Frederick Temple's photograph album, and books comprising: The Memoirs of Archbishop Frederick Temple by Seven friends in 2 vols. Early associations of Archbishop Temple at Blundell's School. The Temple memoirs. The Church Monthly 1903. Together with the order of the funeral service for Archbishop Frederick Temple signed by Queen Alexandra, with a collection of press cuttings.


  • Frederick Temple was born in the Ioninan Islands, the son of an Army Major. After attending Blundell's School in Tiverton he took a scholarship to Balliol College, Oxford, where he was elected a Fellow in 1842. He was ordained in 1846 and devoted himself to education issues until he went to Rugby School as Master in 1858. Appointed Bishop of Exeter by Gladstone in 1869 amid some controversy and strong protests from parts of the clergy, he later won strong support for his role and was translated to London in 1885 to general acclaim. A tireless worker for the working classes and the Temperance movement, his punishing workload took its toll on his health and eyesight and it was with reluctance that he accepted the appointment as Archbishop of Canterbury in 1896 at the advanced age of 76. He presided at the Coronation of King Edward Vll in 1902 and it was later that year, whilst speaking in the House of Lords on the Education Bill, that he was taken ill and passed away on December 23rd. He was buried in Canterbury Cathedral.
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