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Noel, Conrad (Christian Socialist)

Conrad le Despenser Roden Noel (1869-1942) was educated at Winchester School, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and Chichester Theological College. His early career was chequered; he was refused ordination because of his political beliefs and in 1906, with Percy Widdrington and others, formed the Church Socialist League. In 1910 he got the private living of Thaxted through Lady Warwick where he stayed until his death. He published The Labour Party (1907), Socialism and church tradition (1909) and Socialism in church history (1910). The papers include subject files including notes for sermons (1909-1941) and papers related to his publications and letters sent to his wife after his death in 1942. Seven notebooks cover a miscellany of topics including the correspondence concerning the refusal of the Bishop of Exeter to ordain him in 1893-4. There are typescripts of his publications, obituaries, volumes of newspaper cuttings, mainly relating to Christian Socialism, printed material he collected (c.1871-1945), a cash book and ledger (1912-1914), photographs and a folder of travel material. Embedded in his papers are the letters, poetry and correspondence of his father, Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel [DNO; DNO(2)].

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