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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): ACC/1413
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1888-1944
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 3.78 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Congregational Church of England and Wales


Administrative/Biographical history:

Park Chapel on Crouch Hill was opened in 1855. Alterations increased its seating to 1,017 in 1877 and 1,430 by 1894. After further extensions it had the largest Congregationalist attendances in Hornsey. The chapel and its halls formed a popular social centre, accommodating Hornsey British school until 1877. The Grove mission was apparently established in 1881 and served from Park chapel in 1951.The Chapel amalgamated with Ferme Park Baptist Church to form Union Church, Crouch End in 1974.

Mount View Congregational church was founded to serve Stroud Green. A hall was opened in 1887 and used for worship until the completion of a larger building in 1893. The church was closed and demolished in 1935.

Hornsey British school was built in 1864 and opened in 1865, largely through the efforts of Russell Maynard, a member of Park chapel. The schoolrooms, for boys, girls, and infants, adjoined the chapel. The school was supported by voluntary contributions in 1870 but received a parliamentary grant from 1871. Between 1871 and 1873 the average attendance rose from 94 to 177. Hornsey school board took over the premises in 1875 and later moved the pupils to Park Road school.

Source: A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 6: Friern Barnet, Finchley, Hornsey with Highgate.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Park Chapel, Hornsey, including declaration of trust and deeds; Deacons' Meeting minutes; Church Meeting minutes; Church registers of attendance; service sheets; financial records; papers relating to buildings and property; correspondence; papers relating to societies including the Sunday School and Dorcas Society; papers relating to the choir; papers relating to Hornsey British School; Church magazines and year books; plans; photographs; printed material; papers relating to the Blenheim Road Mission; papers relating to the Grove Mission and registers of marriages and baptisms at the Mount View Chapel, 1887-1913.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

In 4 sections: ACC/1413-1: Park Chapel, Hornsey, ACC/1413-2: Blenheim Road Mission, ACC/1413-3: Grove Mission and ACC/1413-4: Mount View Chapel.

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

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received in 1978 (ACC/1413).

Allied Materials

Related material:

The Records of Ferme Park Church are listed under ACC/1361 and ACC/1412.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

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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