st thomas' | F.C.Archer’s Historical Notes
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The whereabouts of the original notebooks referred to is now unknown. However 2 typewritten copies are held in the church records, one of these copies was scanned and checked for this website.
Frederick Charles Archer was the first Headteacher of Keresley Newlands School (1926 to 1939) and he spent some time researching the history of the parish. His original notebooks were passed to the then vicar, but their whereabouts is now unknown.
However, in 1965 some typed copies were prepared for presentation to the retiring churchwarden of the Mission Church, other copies were intended to be placed in various libraries and two copies have been kept in the church records and have been made available here. (Eventually it is hoped to have both volumes available, this link is to volume one.)
These notes give more information about the early history than any other document in the church’s possession.