Robert Jeffery | Gladstone's Library

Robert Jeffery

History and Provenance

The Very Reverend Robert Jeffery (1935-2017) was a churchman, author and translator.  After graduating from King’s College London he served as curate of St. Andrew’s Church, Grangetown, followed by a curacy at St Mary’s Church in Barnes. He spent much of his life in parish ministry, alongside roles in the British Council of Churches and the Missionary and Ecumenical Council. In 1978 he was appointed Archdeacon of Salop, and eleven years later, Dean of Worcester: during his time at Worcester he was integral to the reinvigoration of the cathedral’s built environment. In 1995 he left Worcester for a position as Sub-Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. He published eleven books, mainly on the life of the Church. He is also known for his Penguin Classics translation of Thomas á Kempis’s Imitation of Christ (2013).

Jeffery’s personal and research papers were deposited at Gladstone’s Library after his death in 2017.

Access and Finding Aid

The archive is currently undergoing full inventory and arrangement. It is not currently listed on the Library’s online catalogue but basic finding aids are available on request. Please send requests to

All archives and special collections can only be accessed via a Request to Read Restricted Items form, which must be submitted at least 14 days in advance of your visit.

As this is a contemporary archive, some items may be closed to researchers. If access is possible, you will need to complete a Request to Read Closed Items form.

Arrangement and Description

The collection consists of printed items, journals, sermons, lectures and memoir notes.

Additional Information

Licensing enquires should be directed to the Jeffery family via Gladstone's Library. Please contact for details.

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