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Reference code(s): GB 0074 P83/MRY1

Held at: London Metropolitan Archives


Date(s): 1557-1969

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 31.19 linear metres

Name of creator(s): Parish of Saint Mary, Islington | Church of England


Administrative/Biographical history:

Saint Mary's is the ancient parish church of Islington. This church served the whole parish until 1814 when a chapel of ease was constructed, followed over time by 40 more churches to serve a rapidly expanding population. It is first mentioned in documents in 1163. A church has existed on the site on Upper Street since at least the 12th century, although the present church dates to 1954 after the building of 1754 was bombed during the Second World War. The churchyard was closed for burials in 1853 and laid out as a public garden.

From: 'Islington: Churches', A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 8: Islington and Stoke Newington parishes (1985), pp. 88-99.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the parish of Saint Mary, Upper Street, Islington, including registers of baptisms, marriages, burials and banns; registers of preachers and church services; minutes of Vestry and Parochial Church Council minutes; Churchwardens' financial accounts and correspondence; statistics; papers relating to the construction and maintenance of the church buildings including plans and elevations, faculties and correspondence; legal documents relating to church property, such as deeds; parish magazines; papers relating to parochial charities and schools; and records of the Mutual Assurance Society and other parish societies.

Church rate books and papers relating to the collection of rates; minutes of various committees including the Trustees of the Parish and committees relating to highways and the workhouse; papers relating to civil functions of the parish, including the appointment of watchmen and constables, regulation of weights and measures, surveyor's papers, sanitation and medical care, workhouse and poor relief, apprentices, settlement examinations and removal orders.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

The records have been sorted into categories which reflect divisions between the different functions and operations of the parish and its administration. Order within these categories reflects chronology.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 1998.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the depositor.

Physical characteristics:


Finding aids:

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Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited by the Vicar, 20 February 1958.
Records P83/MRY1/1163 - 1165 found in an LCC strong-room and transferred to the deposited records of the parish in the former London County Record Office, now the Greater London Record Office.
Records P83/MRY1/1166 - 1281 deposited by the Vicar on 27 February 1968.
Records P83/MRY1/1282 - 1296 transferred from the Records of Islington Board of Guardians in the Greater London Record Office, February 1971.
Records P83/MRY1/1297 deposited by H. B. Wedlake, Saint and Co., solicitors, in the Greater London Record Office, 29 October 1969.
Records P83/MRY1/420 - 1162 transferred from the records of the Islington Board of Guardians, 6 October 1954 and 28 June 1961.


DESCRIPTION NOTES Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: April to June 2010.

Banns register | Marriage records | Documents | Information sources
Baptism registers | Parish records | Documents | Information sources
Burial registers | Parish records | Documents | Information sources
Church architecture | Architecture
Church of England | Anglicanism | Protestantism | Christianity | Ancient religions | Religions
Church rates | Taxation | Fiscal policy | Finance
Church records and registers | Primary documents | Documents | Information sources
Church services | Religious practice | Religious activities
Church societies | Religious organizations | Religious institutions
Churches | Religious buildings | Buildings | Architecture
Churchwardens | Laity | Religious groups
Churchwardens records | Documents | Information sources
Conferences | Group communication | Communication process
Ecclesiastical parishes | Parishes | Administrative units | Local government | Public administration | Government
Marriage registers | Parish records | Documents | Information sources
Parish constables | Local government personnel | Personnel | People by occupation | People
Parish councils | Parishes | Administrative units | Local government | Public administration | Government
Parish surveyors | Surveyors | People by occupation | People
Poor law apprenticeships | Apprenticeship | Training methods
Poor relief | Social welfare
Preaching | Religious practice | Religious activities
Religious charities | Religious organizations | Religious institutions
Removal orders from parish | Removal orders | Settlement records | Documents | Information sources
Removal orders to parish | Removal orders | Settlement records | Documents | Information sources
Sanitation | Environmental engineering
Settlement examinations | Settlement records | Documents | Information sources
Vestry | Parish meetings | Meetings | Group communication | Communication process
Workhouses | Buildings | Architecture
Meetings x Conferences
Burial records
Health services
Legal documents

Personal names

Corporate names
Parish of Saint Mary | Islington | Church of England

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