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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): ACC/2541
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1867-1982
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 2.72 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Baptist Union of Great Britain x General Baptists x Particular Baptists


Administrative/Biographical history:

Upper Holloway Baptist Church was founded by 72 members on 29 April 1868. It was the first church to be built by the newly formed London Baptist Association, one of whose main objects was the promotion of the new Church building. When Upper Holloway was chosen in 1866 as an ideal situation, where housing development was progressing fast, the members of Camden Road Baptist Church and other local churches helped in its foundation.

The Church became one of the largest Baptist churches in London with a seating capacity of 1200 and a membership of over 950. It played an important role in the religious, political and social life of North London, it ran several mission stations, including Rupert Road Mission Hall and Hercules Road Mission. It was known locally as Woods's Chapel after one of the ministers, John Roskruge Wood (Minister 1874-1912).

In 1989 the premises were pulled down and a new development on the same site is providing accommodation for elderly and frail elderly people as well as a new Church building.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Upper Holloway Baptist Church, 1867-1982, including Committee of Management minutes and papers; Deacons Meeting minutes and papers; Church Meeting minutes and papers; registers of church members; registers of marriages; financial accounts; papers relating to the Sunday School; papers relating to the Sisterhood Society; papers relating to the Baptist Women's League; papers relating to the Youth Club; papers relating to the Choir; Year Books and papers relating to the Rupert Road Mission Hall.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Administrative papers; Registers; Groups and Organisations; Magazines and Newsletters; Subsidiary Mission Halls.

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:

Deposited by the Minister on 16 December 1987 (ACC/2541).

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Encounter in London: The Story of the London Baptist Association, 1865-1965, by W Charles Johnson; and The Baptists of London 1612-1928, by W T Whitley.

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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