'A good return'
Level: Category
Level: Fonds
Scope and Content:
Circular letter appealing for funds on behalf of St Giles Christian Mission, 4 Ampton Street, Regent Square [London] W.C., signed in print by William Wheatley, superintendent. Describes the mission's work 'among the poorest of London's poor', including the provision of holidays for children at the mission's holiday homes in [Wantz Avenue], Maldon. Includes print of 'a poor home in London' and printed photographs of a 'poor woman' in need of medical care, 'holiday home candidates', exterior of the holiday homes with a group of girls playing, 'Langford Cut, Maldon' and 'The Promenade, Maldon'.
Photographs credited to 'R. Poole, Maldon'; circular printed by W.J. Clark and Company, Hanway Street, London W.

Dated roughly by the clothing of the girls in the photograph, and by a reference to the charity having been established for 'nearly half a century'.
Dates of Creation:
1 folded sheet
Creator Name:
St Giles Christian Mission
Admin History:
St Giles Christian Mission still existed in 2011 as a charity working in London (charity number 208434). According to its website www.sgcm.co.uk (consulted 22 July 2011) it 'was founded in 1860 as a domestic mission of Bloomsbury Baptist Church'. For William Morter Wheatley (1838-1926) see the obituaries printed in The Times and the Manchester Guardian, 18 February 1926, according to which he had left business 'about 50 years ago' to devote himself to the mission that he had founded in London. He became superintendent of the mission in 1892 (Manchester Guardian, 21 July 1892).

At Maldon, Kelly's Directory of Essex for 1902 - but not the edition of 1899 - shows St Giles Christian Mission Home (W. Wheatley superintendent, Mrs M. Lance, matron), at 1 Wantz Avenue. This entry is repeated in the editions of 1906-1926; in 1929 it becomes St Giles’s Christian Mission & Wheatley’s Home (W. Wheatley, superintendent, Mrs L. Gray, matron), at The Retreat, Wantz Avenue; in 1933 Mr Wheatley disappears from the entry and is replaced by A.G. Chatfield, secretary; and in the last directory, in 1937, Mr Chatfield in turn is replaced by Miss M. Baxter, acting secretary, the address being shown as The Retreat, Wantz Avenue, Wantz Road. The date of the home's closure is unknown.
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Key terms

TypeKey termsDescription
Subjects Charities Appeal leaflet for St Giles Christian Mission, c.(1899-1909)
Subjects Children Appeal leaflet for St Giles Christian Mission, c.(1899-1909)
Personal Names R.
Maldon, c.(1899-1909)
Personal Names William Morter
superintendent of children's home, Maldon, c.(1899-1909)
Place Names 1 Wantz Avenue
St Giles Christian Mission Home
Appeal leaflet, c.(1899-1909)
Place Names Promenade
Printed photograph, c.(1899-1909)
Document Types Circular letter Appeal on behalf of St Giles Christian Mission, c.(1899-1909)
Institutions St Giles Christian Mission Illustrated appeal for funds, c.(1899-1909)
Institutions W.J. Clark and Company printers, London, c.(1899-1909)