Thomas Wilson (philanthropist)

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Thomas Wilson (11 November 1764 - 17 June 1843) was a Congregationalist benefactor of chapels and educational institutions and founder member of the Council of University College London from 1825.

Congregational church religious denomination

Congregational churches are Protestant churches in the Reformed tradition practicing congregationalist church governance, in which each congregation independently and autonomously runs its own affairs.

University College London, which has operated under the official name of UCL since 2005, is a public research university located in London, United Kingdom. It is a member institution of the federal University of London, and is the third largest university in the United Kingdom by total enrolment, and the largest by postgraduate enrolment.

Thomas Wilson was a man of considerable wealth, his income being drawn from the manufacture of silk ribbon and from Remington family legacies (John Remington Mills was his nephew). As a prominent Victorian philanthropist, and a model to many, he promoted many causes, principally educational and theological.

Between 1794 and 1843, Thomas Wilson was Treasurer of Hoxton Academy and its successor Highbury College, Middlesex; from 1825 onwards he was a founder member of Council of University College London.

Thomas Wilson was an early Director of the London Missionary Society, and in 1837 he became one of the founders of the Metropolitan Chapel Fund Association. Prior to this, he had already built at his own expense, several new Congregational chapels in London and elsewhere; the most famous being Claremont Chapel in Pentonville (1819) and Craven Chapel in Regent Street, Westminster, (1822). Paddington Chapel in Westminster was another of Wilson's foundations, and here the congregation included Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Samuel Dyer.

London Missionary Society British religious organisation (1795-1966)

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Islington Area of London

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City of Westminster City and borough in London

The City of Westminster is an Inner London borough that also holds city status. It occupies much of the central area of Greater London including most of the West End. Historically in Middlesex, it is to the west of the ancient City of London, directly to the east of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and its southern boundary is the River Thames. The London borough was created with the 1965 establishment of Greater London. Upon its creation, it inherited the city status previously held by the smaller Metropolitan Borough of Westminster from 1900, which was first awarded to Westminster in 1540.

Thomas Wilson's son and biographer, Joshua Wilson (1795-1874), was instrumental in proposals to form the Congregational Union of England and Wales. Letters addressed to Thomas Wilson's wife are preserved at the Congregational Library in London.

Dr Williamss Library

Dr Williams's Library is a small research library located in Gordon Square in Bloomsbury, London.

A memorial to Thomas Wilson stands at Abney Park Cemetery in Stoke Newington, London, in the Yew Walk.

Abney Park Cemetery cemetery in the London Borough of Hackney

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Stoke Newington district in the London borough of Hackney

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