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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 DRO/026
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1559-1965
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 2.4 linear metres (50 documents).
Name of creator(s): Parish of St Leonard, Heston | Church of England


Administrative/Biographical history:

The origins of the church at Heston are unclear. Heston was part of Isleworth and the church may have been founded from the church at Isleworth. In the 11th century both churches were given to the Abbey of Saint Valéry, who endowed a vicarage by 1310. By the 13th century the parishes were separated and remained unchanged until 1835 when new churches were built and new parishes were made, reducing Heston parish in size. The Bishop of London held the advowson of Heston church in 1570.

The 15th century church of Saint Leonard was considered too small and in poor repair, and was re-built in 1865. Some effort was made to incorporate earlier features and it seems that 13th and 15th century stonework was reused, while the 15th century tower remains intact. A mission church was opened at Broad Walk in 1953.

From: 'Heston and Isleworth: Churches', A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 3: Shepperton, Staines, Stanwell, Sunbury, Teddington, Heston and Isleworth, Twickenham, Cowley, Cranford, West Drayton, Greenford, Hanwell, Harefield and Harlington (1962), pp. 122-129. Available online.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the parish of St Leonard, Heston, including registers of baptisms, marriages and burials; and registers of graves.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Records arranged in one sub-fond: A: Incumbent.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information may be subject to access restrictions

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:

Deposited in November 1974.

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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