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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): ACC/2824
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1966-1987
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.6 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Baptist Union of Great Britain x General Baptists x Particular Baptists


Administrative/Biographical history:

There was a Baptist meeting house in Hounslow as early as 1818, and a chapel was constructed on the south side of the High Street. However, following controversy over the admission of the unbaptized into the church, membership dropped to a dozen by 1878. Broadway Baptist Church on the north side of the High Street was constructed in 1929 following a resurgence in congregation numbers. It was damaged by enemy action in 1941 and narrowly avoided demolition.

The Baptist church in Acton originated in 1856, and a church was established in Church Road in 1864. The South Acton Baptist Church was formed in 1894 when the congregation at Church Road split over a disagreement. They constructed a Chapel on Newton Avenue in 1895. The designation of the church altered several times as the ministers changed: Newton Avenue Baptist church in 1900-1901, the Evangelistic Free church in 1902-1908, and the Church of Christ in 1909-1911. It reverted to a Baptist church between 1912 and 1915, but withdrew from the London Baptist Association and the Baptist Union between 1924 and 1926. The church registered as a Baptist Free church in 1944, and was renamed the South Acton Baptist church in 1960. In 1977 the church rejoined the Church Road Baptists and the Newton Avenue building was sold, and was used by the Ukrainian Autocephalic Orthodox church.

Grange Park Baptist Church, Lansbury Drive, Hayes was founded in 1935 and still serves the local community.

A Baptist meeting house in Staines is first recorded in 1778, but the congregation declined and it was closed. A meeting house reopened in Church Street in 1824. This was replaced in 1837 by the Baptist Chapel in Bridge Street.

The North Road Baptist Church, Old Brentford, is thought to have its origins in an earlier chapel at Troy Town. By 1819 the meetings were established in an outhouse on the east side on North Road. A permanent chapel was opened on the west side of North Road in 1840. It was heavily bombed in 1940 but was restored in 1954.


Scope and content/abstract:

Marriage registers for the following Baptist churches: Broadway Baptist Church, High Street, Hounslow, 1929-1971; Baptist Free Church, Newton Avenue, Acton (known as the South Acton Baptist Church from 1960), 1946-1976; Grange Park Baptist Church, Lansbury Drive, Hayes, 1966-1987; Baptist Chapel, Bridge Street, Staines, 1978 and Baptist Chapel, North Road, Old Brentford, 1981.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Volumes arranged by church.

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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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records donated by the Baptist Union of Great Britain, Baptist House, 129 Broadway, Didcot, 14 May 1990 (Acc/2824).

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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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