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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): LMA/4008/ICMC
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1882-1978
Level of description: subfonds
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Extent: 0.5 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:

Islington Central Methodist Church was also known as Islington Central Hall. It was built in 1929 to replace Wesleyan Methodist churches at Drayton Park, Highbury and Liverpool Road, Islington. The first minister was the Reverend Donald Soper who was there between 1929 and 1936. Soper cleared the Church of debt, developed children's cinema, organized breakfasts for 500 each Christmas morning, and sponsored concerts and variety evenings. He also founded a centre where unemployed men could barter their skills. The Church left the London Central Mission Circuit in 1938 and in 1941 united with Archway Central Hall to form the London Mission North Circuit. The church was closed in 1953 and the work transferred to the Albany Mission, Hornsey Road, which was itself replaced by Islington Central Methodist Church, Palmers Place in 1963.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Islington Central Methodist Church and its predecessors, including registers of baptisms for Drayton Park Methodist Church, Highbury, 1882-1931, and Islington Central Methodist Church, 1931-1963; minutes of Quarterly Meetings and Leader's Meetings; Trustees correspondence, minutes and financial accounts and papers relating to the Sunday School.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

In sections: Registers; Administration; Trustees; Staffing; Schools.

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:

Received in 1983 (Acc/1849)

Allied Materials

Related material:

See also: N/M/43/11/1,2; N/M/43/16/1-4.

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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