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Flintshire Record Office
Ridgway, M. H., church photographs

Reference code(s): GB 0208 D/DM/1106

Held at: Flintshire Record Office

Title: M. H. Ridgway MSS

Short Title: Ridgway, M. H., church photographs

Creation date(s): [c. 1946]-2003

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 434 items

Name of creator(s): Frederick Herbert Crossley, FSA (1868-1955), of Chester; Canon Maurice H. Ridgway, (1918-2002).


Administrative/Biographical history: Canon Maurice Hill Ridgway (1918-2002) was a priest and scholar. He was born in Stockport, Cheshire, and grew up in the Chester area. He was ordained at Chester Cathedral, and served several parishes, including Bunbury, Cheshire, 1949-[1962], and Bowden, Cheshire, 1962-1983. He was made an honorary Canon of Chester Cathedral, 1966. He retired to Rhydycroesau, Shropshire. His interests included medieval stained glass and rood screens and Cheshire silver. His published works included Church plate of the St Asaph Diocese (Denbigh, 1997), and articles for periodicals, including Archaeologia Cambrensis. Canon Ridgway died on 20 December 2002. Frederick Herbert Crossley, FSA (1868-1955), of Chester, was an authority on wood carving and church furniture, and wrote many articles on roofs, lofts and rood screens of Welsh churches for Archaeologia Cambrensis. He amassed a vast collection of photographs of medieval architecture, numbering about ten thousand negatives by 1932. A study of Welsh rood screens he conducted with Maurice Ridgway won the G. T. Clarke prize in 1946.


Scope and content/abstract: Photographs of stained glass, rood screens and roofs of North Wales and border churches, mainly taken by Fred Crossley, [c. 1946]-[c. 1955], with some by Maurice Ridgway, [c. 1946]-[c. 1997]; research notes and photographs relating to church plate of St Asaph Diocese, 1997; and obituary of Canon Ridgway, 2003.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Denbighshire; Flintshire; church exteriors (Batsford series); miscellaneous (1st accession); Denbighshire; Flintshire and Other Counties(2nd accession); Denbighshire and Flintshire (3rd accession); Denbighshire (4th accession); research notes, photographs etc (5th accession).

Conditions governing access: No restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at Flintshire Record Office.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. The archive includes an item post-dating the death of Canon Ridgway.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Flintshire Record Office, M. H. Ridgway MSS; 'Obituary of Canon Maurice Ridgway, Priest', The Daily Telegraph, 4 January 2003, p. 29; 'Mr Fred H. Crossley', The Times, 28 Jan 1955, p. 10.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: January 2004

Church buildings | Wales, North, | Photographs
Church plate | Wales, North, | Research
Glass painting and staining | Wales, North, | Photographs

Personal names
Crossley , Frederick Herbert , 1868-1955
Ridgway , Maurice H. , 1918-2002

Corporate names

Denbighshire (Wales)
Flintshire (Wales)
Wales ()

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