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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): ACC/2709
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1804-1988
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 1.5 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Congregational Church of England and Wales


Administrative/Biographical history:

Christ Church at Whetstone United Reformed Church has its origins in independent meetings first held in Whetstone in 1788. In 1817 the meetings were moved to Totteridge where at first the congregation met in private houses. A permanent chapel with adjacent school room were constructed on Totteridge Lane in 1827, named the 'Totteridge Lane Chapel'. In 1884 it was agreed that the church should move to the developing residential area of Oakleigh Park, Whetstone, and a plot of land was duly purchased. A new church and school were built and opened in 1888, with the name 'Whetstone Congregational Church, Oakleigh Park'. In 1900 the church was gutted by a fire. It was decided to convert the damaged church into a hall, and build a new church and school room. In 1972 the Congregational Church merged with the Presbyterian Church to form the United Reformed Church, and the Whetstone church accordingly changed its name to 'The United Reformed Church, Whetstone'. Extensive rebuilding work was undertaken in 1975-1976, including the construction of a new church and a block of flats. In 1979 the name 'Christ Church at Whetstone United Reformed Church, Oakleigh Park' was adopted.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Christ Church at Whetstone United Reformed Church including Church Meeting minutes; Deacons' Meeting minutes; papers regarding buildings and property; papers relating to charity and fundraising; register of baptisms, marriages and burials, 1936-1962; Sunday School minutes; Church magazines and Year Books; press cuttings; publication The History of Christ Church at Whetstone by H.E. Hill, 1988 and other papers relating to the history of the church.

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In sections according to catalogue.

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: Depositor

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Description Notes

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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:
January to March 2009

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