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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 P71/MMG
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1548-1969
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 6.69 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Parish of St Mary Magdalene, Bermondsey | Church of England


Administrative/Biographical history:

The parish of Saint Mary Magdalene is the ancient parish of Bermondsey. The parish church was probably founded by a local monastery. It remained the only parish in the area until 1840, when the parish of Saint James was established in response to the growing population of Bermondsey. Christ Church, Saint Paul, Saint Anne, Saint Crispin, Saint Augustine and Saint Luke all followed between 1845 and 1885. The medieval church building was rebuilt in the seventeenth century, and later added to and restored, particularly in 1883.

Source of information: 'Parishes: Bermondsey', A History of the County of Surrey: Volume 4 (1912), pp. 17-24.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the parish of Saint Mary Magdalene, Bermondsey, including registers of baptisms, marriages and burials; registers of preachers; church services registers; papers relating to the parish school; faculties; papers relating to the churchyard; Easter Vestry meeting minutes; Parochial Church Council meeting minutes; cash book; and parish magazines.

Records relating to civil functions including copies of Acts of Parliament; bye-laws of the Directors of the Poor and Overseers of the Poor account books.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The records have been sorted into categories which reflect divisions between the different functions and operations of the parish and its administration. Order within these categories reflects chronology.

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 deposited in multiple accessions between 1954 and 1981.

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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