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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 DRO/002
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1501-1962
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 5.8 linear metres (478 documents).
Name of creator(s): Parish of St Mary, Staines | Church of England


Administrative/Biographical history:

The parish of Staines, first specifically mentioned in 1179, was probably founded at least one hundred years earlier. Originally, it had jurisdiction over a large area including the dependent chapelries of Teddington, Ashford, Laleham and possibly Yeoveney, but by the thirteenth century Teddington had become virtually independent. However, although by the fifteenth century Laleham and Ashford had become regarded as separate parishes, with fixed boundaries and independent administrations, their benefices did not finally become detached from Staines until 1859. This explains the presence of items relating to Laleham among the records of St Mary, Staines. Before the Dissolution, the advowson lay with the Abbot and Convent of Westminster, and after that date, it was transferred to the Crown, whilst the right to tithes fell into lay hands. From 1725-1844 this right belonged to the Coussmaker family of Westwood, Surrey. The present church of St. Mary, Staines was built 1828-1829, but it incorporates the tower of the earlier church.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the parish of Saint Mary, Staines, including registers of baptisms, banns, marriages and burials; registers of church services; notes for sermons and talks; papers relating to tithes and endowments; offertory bank books; papers of the Churchwardens including financial accounts, rates, funds, correspondence, papers relating to the maintenance of church buildings, insurance, visitations and regulations.

Vestry meeting minutes, agendas, notices and papers of the Vestry clerk; minutes of the Parochial Church Council and Finance Committee; records of the Overseers of the Poor including financial accounts, rates, requests for poor relief, papers regarding settlement, maintenance and apprenticeship, the workhouse, and the almshouses; papers of the Surveyors of the Highway including accounts, rates and correspondence; papers of the Beadle and Constable; papers relating to parish charities.

Papers relating to parish schools including the National Boy's School, Staines School Board, Bridge Street School, London Road School and the Sunday School; papers of the Trustees for Building a New Church, including minutes, accounts and correspondence.

Also papers of church societies including the Coal and Clothing Club, Provident Sick Club, Mothers' Meeting, Friendly Socieities and Church Travellers' Club; notes on the history of St Mary's Church and monuments; church magazines and year books.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

Records arranged in 22 subfonds: A. Incumbent; B. Churchwardens; C. Vestry; D. Parochial Church Council And Finance Committee; E. Overseers Of The Poor; F. Surveyors Of The Highway; G. Beadle And Bellman; H. Constable; I. Headborough; J. Inclosure; K. Allotments; L. Charities; M. Schools And Churchrooms; N. Missions And Church Association; O. Trustees For Building New Church; P. Church Reform League; Q. Clubs And Societies; R. Ashbys Staines Brewery Ltd. S. Linoleum Manufacturing Company Ltd. T. Historical Notes And Prints; U. Magazines And Year Books; V. Miscellaneous.

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.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in November 1960.

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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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