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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 DRO/059
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1800-1978
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 2.65 linear metres (155 files).
Name of creator(s): Parish of St George, Old Brentford | Church of England


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Township of Old Brentford was formerly part of the ancient parish of Ealing and had no church nor chapel of its own until 1762 when an unconsecrated chapel was built from subscriptions raised from 57 prominent inhabitants. The baptisms, marriages and burials, of inhabitants of Old Brentford continued to be recorded in the registers of St. Mary, Ealing until 1828 when a district was assigned to St George's Chapel. Baptisms were performed there from 1828 and marriages from 1837 when it was licensed for their solemnisation. The brick building constructed in 1766 by J. J. Kirby, in the shadow of the Gas Works, had become dilapidated by 1863 and was demolished in 1886. A new site had been purchased in 1852 but was used as the site for St. Paul's iron church, built in 1861, and another site, bought in 1881, was made superfluous by the creating of the parish of St. James Gunnersbury. Eventually it was decided to build a new church on the old site, designed by A. W. Blomfield. Fittings transferred from the old chapel included a painting of the Last Supper by Zoffany, c. 1770. The church was closed in 1959 and used as a musical museum from 1963. In 1961 St. George was amalgamated with St. Lawrence, New Brentford and St. Paul, Old Brentford.

Source of information: 'Ealing and Brentford: Churches: Brentford', A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 7: Acton, Chiswick, Ealing and Brentford, West Twyford, Willesden (1982), pp. 153-157. Available online.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the parish of Saint George, Old Brentford, including registers of baptisms, marriages, burials; banns of marriage, confirmations and church services; preachers' books; papers regarding parish boundaries; papers relating to glebe lands; papers and correspondence relating to the building of a new church; Vestry minutes; papers of the parish school; parish magazines and orders of service.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Records arranged in one series: Parish Records (DRO/059/001-155).

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:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records DRO/059/001-142 deposited in 1984; records DRO/059/143-155 deposited in 1989.

Allied Materials

Related material:

For baptisms and burials before 1828 and marriages before 1837 see the records of St Mary, Ealing (DRO/037). For Churchwardens' Rates & Accounts, 1865-1885, see DRO/037/B/01/066-076. See DRO/060/068 for registers from Apr 1961. See also the records of Saint Lawrence, New Brentford (DRO/058) and Saint Paul, Brentford (DRO/060).

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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