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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 DRO/029
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1653-1994
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 5.72 linear metres (212 files).
Name of creator(s): Parish of St Mary, Hendon | Church of EnglandParish of Christ Church, Hendon | Church of EnglandParish of St Mary Magdalene, Hendon | Church of England


Administrative/Biographical history:

The church of Saint Mary is situated on Church End, Hendon. It appears that a church has existed on the site since the 9th century. The church has been rebuilt, enlarged and restored several times, including in the 13th, 15th, and early 16th centuries, with restorations in 1783, 1827 and 1915. The church includes the monument of Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, founder of Singapore; while Charles Johnson (1679-1748), dramatist; Sir Joseph Ayloffe, Bt. (1709-81), antiquary; Nathaniel Hone (1718-84), portrait painter; George Carter (1737-94), painter; and Benjamin Travers (1783-1858), eye surgeon, are buried in the churchyard.

Source of information: 'Hendon: Churches', A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 5: Hendon, Kingsbury, Great Stanmore, Little Stanmore, Edmonton Enfield, Monken Hadley, South Mimms, Tottenham (1976), pp. 33-37 (available online).


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the parish of Saint Mary, Hendon, including registers of baptisms, marriages, burials and banns of marriage; registers of church services; papers relating to parish boundaries; papers relating to the benefice; papers relating to church buildings and the churchyard; minutes of Vestry meetings and Parochial Church Council meetings; financial accounts; papers of parish organisations including charities, schools, societies and clubs.

Also records of Saint Mary Magdalene, Holders Hill Road, Hendon, a mission church of Saint Mary's which opened in 1934 and remains part of the same parish. There are also two items for Christ Church, Brent Street, Hendon, another daughter church which became an independent parish in 1923.

Summary of Registers at LMA: Saint Mary, Church End, Hendon, Composite registers 1653-1812, Registers of baptisms 1813-1992, Registers of marriages 1754-1989, Registers of burials 1678-1953; Christ Church, Brent Street, Hendon, Register of baptisms 1894-1912. Later registers are in the custody of the incumbent.

C 1894-1966 M 1923-1971 C 1663-1992 M1654-1989 B 1653-1953 No Registers held

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The parish registers in this series were renumbered in October 1994 during the course of its final cataloguing. Readers with references from prior to that date should order registers using the key to current and former document references. The records are arranged in 17 series.

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:

Deposited in June 1976.


Allied Materials

Related material:

See also ACC/1150. Records relating to the Civil functions of Saint Mary's Vestry (including vestry minutes, rate books, and overseers and churchwardens accounts) are in the custody of the London Borough of Barnet, Archives and Local Studies Centre, Chapel Walk, Egerton Gardens, Hendon NW4.

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:
March to April 2010.

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