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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): N/C/63
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1877-1978
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 1.28 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Congregational Church of England and Wales


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Beckenham Congregational Church was founded in 1878. It was situated on Crescent Road. In 1903 it was part of the Kent Association and County Missionary Society Metropolitan District, and had 206 members. In 1972, when the Congregational and Presbyterian Churches merged, it became Beckenham United Reformed Church.


Scope and content/abstract:

Church Books containing various entries including history of chapel, minutes of Church Meetings, roll of members, marriages and baptisms, 1878-1934; membership rolls, 1902-1949; Deacon's Meeting minute books, 1878-1952; minutes of the Building Committee, 1884-1889; minutes of the Finance Committee, 1896-1916; Church Meeting minutes, 1934-1954; Missionary Committee minutes, 1911-1965; general correspondence, 1902-1912; financial accounts, 1877-1914; annual reports, 1879-1910; printed items including notices, hymn sheets, appeals, handbills, programmes, brochures and histories, 1877-1998; newspaper cuttings, 1906-1928; The Outlook monthly magazine, 1930-1954; papers regarding the Church centenary, 1978 and photographs of ministers, staff and the interior and exterior of the Church, 1877-1930.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Registers; Minutes; Administrative papers; Printed items; Photographs.

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 1968 (AC/68/067).

Allied Materials

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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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