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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): N/C/06
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1824-1891
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.3 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Presbyterian Church of England


Administrative/Biographical history:

Alexander Fletcher was born in 1787 in Perthshire and became a minister in the United Presbyterian Church in 1806. He moved to London in 1811 and was soon established as a popular preacher at the Albion Chapel, London Wall. However, in 1824 he was prosecuted in the civil courts for breach of promise. Although no verdict was reached the United Associate Synod suspended Fletcher from office. He therefore established his own chapel on Grub Street, joined by the majority of his Albion Chapel congregation. The chapel susbequently moved to a large building in Finsbury Circus - at the time, the largest chapel in London. Fletcher remained at the Finsbury Chapel for 35 years. He was reconciled with the United Presbyterian Church in 1849. He died in 1860.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Finsbury Chapel including register of baptisms, 1824-1889; register of marriages solemnized in Finsbury Chapel, 1838-1864; minute book of Managers of Finsbury Chapel, 1835-1841 and 1864-1890; minutes of special meetings of members and seatholders, 1889-1891, including minutes of meetings of trustees concerning closure of chapel and disposal and copy letter of trustees to Reverend J. Vench requesting him to deliver up his keys "also any papers or documents he may have in his possession belonging to the Chapel", and photograph of exterior of chapel, [1890].

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Registers; Minute Books; Photograph.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: Depositor

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited 20 August 1964 (AC/64/48).

Allied Materials

Related material:

See also O/376.

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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