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Fanny Grattan Guinness – The Wide World and Our Work in it

Fanny Grattan Guinness (1831–1898)
Fanny Grattan Guinness (1831–1898)

Today’s free book is the story of Harley House Missionary Training Institute in London, told by Fanny Grattan Guinness. Wikipedia notes:

In March 1873 Henry and wife Fanny started the famous East London Missionary Training Institute (also called Harley College) at Harley House in Bromley-by-Bow, East End of London with just six students. The renowned Dr. Thomas Barnardo was co-director with Dr. Guinness and greatly influenced by him. The school trained 1330 missionaries for 30 societies of 30 denominations.

Harley College became so successful it needed a larger home. In 1883, Elizabeth Hulme offered Guinness “Cliff House” near Calver, Derbyshire. Harley College was renamed Hulme Cliff College. Now known as Cliff College it continues to this day training and equipping Christians for mission and evangelism.

In 1873 Guinness founded the East London Institute for Home and Foreign Missions, the root of the Regions Beyond Missionary Union. In 1877 he founded the Livingstone Inland Mission, which worked in Congo, Argentina and Peru. His son Dr. Henry Grattan Guinness (1861–1915), known as Harry to distinguish him from his father, founded the Congo-Balolo Mission in 1888 and co-founded the Congo Reform Association in 1904. He traveled to India, where he wrote critically that to the people there, “God is everything, and everything is God, and, therefore, everything may be adored. … Her pan-deism is a pandemonium.”

From 1903-1907 as a widower, Mrs Guinness had died in the autumn of 1898, he went on world missionary tours before retiring in 1908 to his final resting place in Bath, UK.


My thanks to Book Aid for making a copy of this public domain title available for digitisation.

Mrs H. Grattan Guinness (a.k.a. Fanny Emma Guinness (nee Fitzgerald) [1831–1898], The Wide World and Our Work in It. The Story of the East London Institute for Home and Foreign Missions. London: Hodder & Stoughton, n.d. Hbk. pp.268. [Click here to visit the download page for this title]


  1. Introductory
  2. Our Institute, and Why we Founded it
  3. A Country Branch
  4. Former Students and their Present Spheres
  5. Pounds, Shillings, and Pence
  6. Solemn Questions
  • Appendix

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