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The Congo Institute, Colwyn Bay

  • NLW MS 24109i & iiC.
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  • 1883-1910

A manuscript volume, 1883-1891 (NLW MS 24109iC), in the hand of Arthur W. Wrigley, a member of the Toller Congregational Chapel, Kettering, Northamptonshire, containing an eyewitness account of his visit to 'The Training Institute for Congo Lads at Colwyn Bay', dated November 1890, given as an address to the Toller Chapel Christian Band (ff. 39-50). The Congo Training Institute was established by the Baptist missionary William Hughes at Colwyn Bay, Denbighshire, in April 1889, to train African children who would then be sent home as missionaries.
The volume also contains 'A Short History of the Toller Chapel Sunday Schools', June 1883 (ff. 1-4 verso), addresses on the subjects of 'The Sabbath', 1885 (ff. 5-14), and 'Peace', 1890 (ff. 29-38), annual reports of the Christian Band, 1889-1890 (ff. 18 verso-25), and copies of religious poems and hymns (ff. 14-18, 26-28 verso, 37 verso-38, 49 recto-verso, 50 verso-51). Also included is a further volume, [?1910], entitled 'Reminiscences' (NLW MS 24109iiC), containing manuscript copies, in an unknown hand, of various people's memories of the Toller Sunday Schools, apparently intended for a centenary souvenir (ff. 1-22, rectos only).

Wrigley, Arthur Walter, 1869?-1894


The series comprises correspondence relating to the unsuccessful bid to hold the National Eisteddfod in Colwyn Bay in 1933. It includes copies of the published invitation by the Colwyn Bay District and suggestions for literary competition subjects. Also includes some material relating to local eisteddfodau.