A collection of artefacts and documents, Bishop Frederick (Freddy) Temple (1916-2000) and his father.
Lot 370
A collection of artefacts and documents, Bishop Frederick (Freddy) Temple (1916-2000) and his father.
£2,000 - 3,000
US$ 3,400 - 5,000
Auction Details
Lot Details
A collection of artefacts and documents, Bishop Frederick (Freddy) Temple (1916-2000) and his father.
Comprising a silver presentation salver inscribed Presented to Freddy and Joan Temple by the congregation of St John's cathedral Hong Kong June 1959 Hallmarked Sheffield 488gms. A cased gilt metal and enamel Orthodox crucifix with chain, presented by Patriarch Athenagoras to Freddy Temple 1959, A collection of Papal Medals, comprising a silver medal of Pope John XXIII, 50mm diam., from 1958; another smaller medallion, 33mm diam., dated 1960; and a gilt-metal one of John Paul II, 31mm diam. The first two contained in boxes of issue. Presented to Freddy when acting as Chaplain to Archbishop Fisher. Together with books; The Man of Ten talents, Richard Chevenix-Trench, & Freddy Temple - A portrait by Christopher Dodd. Other material includes a personal account of the wedding of Princess Margaret by Freddy Temple, and a pair of watercolours by Col. FC Temple.
Also, The C.B.E. and group of eight to Lieutenant Colonel F.C. Temple, Indian Volunteer Force,
The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, C.B.E., 2nd type, Civil Division; Defence Medal; War Medal; Coronation Medal 1902, silver issue; Jubilee 1935; Coronation 1937; Indian Volunteer Decoration, G.V.R., engraved on reverse (Lt.Col.F.C.Temple, Ghota Nag. R., A.F.I.); Volunteer Force Long Service and Good Conduct, G.V.R., impressed (Maj. F.C.Temple, Ghota Nag R., A.F.I.). Mounted as worn. With corresponding miniatures which includes a C.I.E. miniature, and a separate Finnish medal for 1939-1940 with bar Kenttaarmeija, with named certificate. Small correction to the last, otherwise very fine.


  • Frederick Stephen (Freddy) Temple was born in Patna, India, the son of Colonel Frederick C Temple an Indian Government Engineer and Grandson of Archbishop Frederick Temple. He was educated at Rugby and Balliol in the family tradition and then spent the war years in the Friends Ambulance Service before returning to Trinity Hall Cambridge after hostilities to prepare for Holy Orders. Working as Curate and then Rector in small Nottinghamshire and Manchester parishes, he was appointed Dean of Hong Kong cathedral in 1953. Whilst there, he met Archbishop of Canterbury Geoffrey Fisher who invited him in 1959 to return to England and take up the post of Chaplain at Lambeth and to assist in winding up his affairs before retirement. Freddy did have the opportunity of accompanying the Archbishop on his historic pilgrimage to Jerusalem, Istambul and Rome, where the Archbishop was the first English Primate to meet the Pope since the reformation. Appointed Vicar of Portsea in 1961, he threw immersed himself in the work of this busy and diverse community until Bishop Tomkins offered him the Archdeaconry of Swindon in 1970. He remained there when raised to the Bishopric of Malmesbury and until his retirement in 1983, although he remained an Honorary Assistant Bishop to the diocese. Later Freddy's health gradually failed and he died in a nursing home at Purton, Wiltshire on November 26th 2000.

    Lieut. Colonel Frederick Charles Temple was born in Exeter on 25th June 1879. He was the son of the late Frederick Temple Archbishop of Canterbury and Beatrice Blanche, daughter of the Rt Hon William Sebright Lascelles. He was educated at Rugby School and at Balliol College, Oxford. He took an Apprenticeship under late James Mansergh, F.R.S. 1901-03; Engineer Birmingham Elan Valley Waterworks, 1903-05; Military Works Services, India, 1905-07; various appointments P.W.D. India, 1907-19; Chief Town Engineer 1919 and Administrator 1924-32, Jamshedpur; District Grand Lodge of Bengal, 1932-34; Relief Eng. and Supply Officer, Government of Bihar and Orissa, 1934-35; served in Indian Volunteer Force, Bihar Light Horse, Indian Defence Force, Auxiliary Force (India), Chota Nagpur Regiment, 1908-28; Lt Col. (Hon Col) commanding 1928-33; Hon A.D.C. to the Viceroy, 1931-36; Lieut-Col Comdg Home Defence Bn 1940-41; served in Ministry of Home Security, 1941-42; Regional Controller Ministry of Fuel and Power, 1942-46; Director of Opencast Coal Production, 1947-49. M.Inst.C.E., M.I.Mech.E.
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