The records include registers of guests and papers relating to the closure of the homes. There are two prospectuses, and a large number of photographs showing the interior of the homes and a visit by the Whitechapel Women's meeting (ACC/1926/E/12-13).
The Home of Rest began while Rev Jackson was still at the Clapton Circuit. Initially, he rented a large house to enable local people to spend convalescent holidays there, and to give local people a free holiday. However, when the lease expired he decided to build a proper holiday home in Marine Parade, Southend. This was finished in 1901. It continued to give free holidays to those who couldn't afford to pay anything at all, but also offered cheap holidays. Originally intended for Primitive Methodists, it also took members of other churches. In addition, the Holiday Home was used for giving the women of Whitechapel a day out, and for taking the children on a trip to the seaside. A second home was opened just behind the first.
However, increasing financial difficulties, a dispute with the Southend Circuit and the increasingly unsuitable position of the Homes forced them to close.
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