Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/353
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
Title: ENGLISH CHURCH, BRUGES
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 4 production units.
Name of creator(s): English Church | Bruges, Belgium
The Bishop of London was held to exercise responsibility for Anglican churches overseas where no other bishop had been appointed. He retained responsibility for churches in northern and central Europe until 1980, but his jurisdiction in southern Europe ceased in 1842 on the creation of the diocese of Gibraltar. In 1980, the Bishop of London divested himself of all overseas jurisdiction and a new diocese of 'Gibraltar in Europe' was established.
Bruges had a large English community from the 15th century, particuarly merchants, and also expatriates at the exiled Royalist court (Charles II lived in Bruges for some time during the Commonwealth period). From 1815 Anglicans worshipped in a disused convent chapel, which was renamed Saint Mary's Church by 1830. In the 1960s it became clear that the building was in dire need of repair; however, the English community was much smaller. It was decided to share a church building with the United Protestant Church. The chaplain is based at Ostend.
Scope and content/abstract:
Records of the English Church in Bruges, Belgium, comprising minute books and account book.
ACCESS AND USE
Language/scripts of material: English
System of arrangement:
Records arranged by MS number, assigned during cataloguing at the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section.
Conditions governing access:
Available for general access.
Conditions governing reproduction:
Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.
Please see online catalogues at: http://search.lma.gov.uk/opac_lma/index.htm
Immediate source of acquisition:
The records were deposited in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library in October 2003. They were catalogued in the same year by a member of Guildhall Library staff. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.
See also DL/E/A to DL/E/E for papers relating to the Diocese of London Overseas Jurisdiction; CLC/318 for the Diocese in Europe and CLC/319 for the Diocese of Gibraltar.
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: August to October 2010.