Ford Papers

The Thomas Ford Papers include personal manuscript notebooks and a list of sermons preached by Dr. Thomas Ford (1742-1821).

Dr. Thomas Ford  was Vicar of Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, between 1773-1821. One notebook (PR8/1) contains notes of travels, meetings and events in various counties of England and Wales. Each county is arranged in alphabetical order, with a map from John Cary's atlas and a list of parishes with their patrons.

There is a chronological list of sermons (PR8/2) with a brief biography of Ford's life and many of the sermons themselves can be read in PR8/4.

The indexed notebook (PR8/3) contains poems, speeches and literary fragments on a variety of topics. There are accounts of public events in Melton Mowbray and district and some personal writings, such as this tribute to his wife MS 34(Elizabeth) written on 22nd October, 1816.

Thomas Ford's sermon of 1 December, 1782 was published to help raise money for the relief of the poor of Melton Mowbray.

A pamphlet entitled Reminiscences of Dr. Ford was published by Vincent Wing (1864?) and is bound with other pamphlets on Melton Mowbray in our Special Collections at SCM 12897.

Descriptions of individual items in the Thomas Ford Papers can be found in our Archives Catalogue.

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