Fonds F12 - Douglas Ellory Pett fonds

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CA ON00389 F12


Douglas Ellory Pett fonds


  • 1952-1978 (Creation)

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0.36 metres of textual records.

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The Rev. Dr. Douglas Ellory Pett died on February 18, 2005. He was Sacrist at Gloucester Cathedral from 1954 to 1958. He was School Chaplain at Gloucester King's School and taught English. His doctoral thesis was based on an examination of the sermons of Cardinal John Henry Newman. As Vicar of Gulval, Penzance, from 1961 to 1966 he first became interested in gardening. The main thrust of his ministry was as resident Chaplain at St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London, from 1966 to 1983. In retirement he developed further his interest in horticulture and garden history. This led to the publication of a series of books on the gardens of Cornwall. A frequent visitor to the Isles of Scilly, his research on horticulture and flower growing there were awarded the biennial prize for research in 2004 by the Royal Institute of Cornwall. He published two works on the subject, "Horticulture on the Isles of Scilly" and "The Narcissus Trade, 1870-1950".

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In 1985 the Assistant Chief Librarian contacted Rev. Douglas Pett for a copy of his Ph.D. thesis on Newman. In May 2005, Mrs. Mary Pett, his widow deposited Pett's research notes on his thesis as well as his extensive collection of first editions of works by and about Newman to the library's rare book collection.

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Fonds consists of the archival materials received in conjunction with the book collection of Rev. Douglas Ellory Pett (B.A., B.D., Ph.D.) of Truro, Cornwall, England, who wrote a thesis on Newman "The Published and unpublished Anglican sermons of John Henry Newman : Prolegomena to an Edition". Fonds is comprised of the following series: Manuscripts Research and reference notes

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Revised by S Rogers, 28 November 2018.
Revised by S Rogers, 3 July 2019.




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