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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): LMA/4409
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1870-1951
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.16 linear meters
Name of creator(s): Presbyterian Church of England


Administrative/Biographical history:

The first Presbyterian worship in Maidstone took place in 1672. The Christ's Church Presbyterian Church was situated on Brewer Street and flourished between 1873 and 1881. It is possible that it subsequently closed because in 1947 a meeting was held of people interested in founding a Presbyterian congregation in Maidstone which is described as lacking a church of this denomination. Meetings were held in classrooms at Elms School, London Road and the congregation was placed under the session of Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church, Chatham, as a preaching station. A Sunday School and other societies were founded. Attempts were made to purchase land on which to construct a church, however, it was decided that the congregation was too small to support a full time preacher and in 1951 the meetings were ended.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Christ's Church Presbyterian Church, Maidstone, comprising minute book of the Provisional Committee, 1873-1874; minute book of the Committee, 1875-1881 and financial accounts, 1873-1881.

Records of the Presbyterian Preaching Station, London Road, Maidstone, comprising minute book of the Board of Management, 1947-1951 and Women's Missionary Association minute book, 1949.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

LMA/4409/A/003 and LMA/4009/A/004: Preaching Station records; LMA/4409/A/001 and LMA/4409/A/005, 006, 007 and 009: Christ's Church, Brewer Street. LMA/4409/A/008 is inscribed 'Highfields, Withyham', see LMA/4370.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: Depositor

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited by the United Reformed Church (URC) History Society in 2001 (B01/024).

Allied Materials

Related material:

See LMA/4373 for Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church, Chatham.

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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