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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 P82/GEO1
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1730-1994
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 3.44 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Parish of St George, Bloosmbury | Church of England


Administrative/Biographical history:

The parish of Saint George, Bloomsbury, was formed in the early 18th century as respectable Bloomsbury residents complained at having to pass through the notorious slum area known as 'The Rookery' to reach the parish church of Saint Giles in the Fields. The Commissioners of the Fifty New Churches Act of 1711 agreed to fund a new church and Nicholas Hawksmoor was engaged to design the building. The church was completed in 1731. The stepped pyramid steeple was inspired by Pliny's description of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus: it used to have lions and unicorns at the base, while the statue on top is King George I in Roman dress. More recently the parish has united with St John the Evangelist, Red Lion Square.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the parish of Saint George, Bloomsbury, including registers of baptisms, marriages, and burials; fee books; photographs; and record of furnishings.

Please note that some recently deposited material has not yet been catalogued (as of March 2010). Please ask a member of staff for details.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

P82/GEO1/001-065: Parish Registers; P82/GEO1/066-087: Other Parish Records.

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 for these records rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records deposited in 1959, with further accessions in March 1996 and March 2009.

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:
March to April 2010.

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