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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 DRO/004
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1550-1981
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 11.23 linear metres (548 files).
Name of creator(s): Parish of St Andrew, Enfield | Church of England


Administrative/Biographical history:

Enfield was the second-largest parish in Middlesex, covering 12,460 acres. The boundaries of the parish were marked by Cheshunt, Northaw, South Mimms, Monken Hadley, East Barnet and Edmonton, and by the river Lea.

By 1691 each of the four wards of the parish had a representative churchwarden. Vestry meetings were held monthly, usually in a room at the church, chaired by the vicar. From around 1580 an overseer of the poor was also appointed for each ward, and a beadle was appointed from 1750. The workhouse was situated at Chase Side although some of the poor were farmed out and children were apprenticed. A surveyor of highways is first mentioned in 1705 and by the end of the century there was a surveyor for each ward. In 1836 Enfield joined Edmonton Poor Law Union and used their facilities; the workhouse at Chase Side was converted into a school.

The church of Saint Andrew is situated on Market Place, at the centre of Enfield. The building dates to the 14th and 15th centuries but has been heavily restored over the years, and was extended in 1824.

Source of information: A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 5: Hendon, Kingsbury, Great Stanmore, Little Stanmore, Edmonton Enfield, Monken Hadley, South Mimms, Tottenham (1976), pp. 241-243 (available online).


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Parish of Saint Andrew, Enfield, including registers of baptisms, marriages, banns, burials, confirmation and communicants; registers of services; incumbent's correspondence; records of the Churchwardens including rate books, minutes and financial accounts; records of the Vestry including financial accounts, Clerk's papers, inventories and minutes; records of the Overseers of the Poor including rate books, financial accounts, settlement certificates, pauper examinations, removal orders, bastardy bonds and apprenticeship indentures; records of the Surveyors of Highways including rate books and financial accounts.

Papers of parish charities including financial accounts and legal documents; papers of the Sunday School, Guild of Youth and Guides; copies of the parish magazine; papers relating to the maintenance of buildings, including the church, vicarage and church hall; deeds and faculties for the churchyard; and Parochial Church Council minutes.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Records arranged in 12 sub-fonds:
DRO/004/A: Incumbent;
DRO/004/B: Churchwardens;
DRO/004/C: Vestry;
DRO/004/D: Overseers of the Poor;
DRO/004/E: Surveyors of Highways;
DRO/004/F: Charities;
DRO/004/G: School;
DRO/004/H: Societies;
DRO/004/I: Printed material;
DRO/004/J: Church Buildings;
DRO/004/K: Churchyard;
DRO/004/L: Parochial Church Council.

Conditions governing access:

Many files are only available on microfilm. Please check access.

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 March 1987.

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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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