Supporting the Manna Society – The Life and Times of Blessed William Way


A talk to support the Manna Society’s day centre for homeless people near London Bridge

This is a PowerPoint presentation with notes for a talk about the life and times of the Kingston Martyr, the Bl. William Way. The talk was the based on research for two papers about the Martyr which are on this website. It should have been given at St Raphael’s Church, Kingston, on Palm Sunday, 5 April 2020, as part of a Lenten project to raise funds for the support of The Manna Society. This runs a day centre for homeless people near London Bridge.  Unfortunately the talk had to be called off in compliance with the Government’s control measures to address the current Coronavirus pandemic.  Details of the good work of the Manna Society can be found at

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The Author

David A. Kennedy, PhD

About 20 years ago, I accompanied my late wife to some talks on the use of computers in historical research and began to help her with her genealogical studies. Later, I took part in a project, organised by the Centre for Local History Studies at Kingston University, to digitise the Enumerators’ Books for the Kingston Census of 1851-1891. This rekindled my interest in history, especially that of Kingston upon Thames, where I live. This website has been set up so that I can share my research findings, some based on digitised material, with others who may be interested in them.

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