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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): ACC/1850-5
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1861-1940
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 0.15 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Methodist Church of Great Britain x United Methodist Church x Wesleyan Methodist Church x Primitive Methodist Church


Administrative/Biographical history:

Canning Town Primitive Methodist Church, Swanscombe Street, later Mary Street, originated in 1853 when members of the 3rd London circuit started mission meetings. A church was built in Swanscombe Street in 1858 and enlarged in 1861. It was included in the new 8th London circuit (1874) and in 1877 a new church, seating over 1,000, was opened in Mary Street. The importance of open-air work was stressed by the erection of a permanent platform on land adjoining the church and by frequent street processions. Mary Street headed the new Canning Town circuit (1881) and in 1903 had the largest Primitive Methodist congregation in West Ham. It was bombed about 1943 and was later demolished.

From: A History of the County of Essex: Volume 6 (1973), pp. 123-141.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Mary Street Methodist Church, Canning Town, including registers of baptism, 1861-1940; request for a piece of land next to Mary Street Chapel to be registered as a place of worship, 18 Feb 1884 and collection journal and Society Stewards's record, 1930-1940.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Registers; Documentation.

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:

Received in 1983 (Acc/1850).

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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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