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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 P69/CTC
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1538-1951
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 224 production units.
Name of creator(s): Parish of Christ Church, Newgate Street, City of London | Church of England
Parish of Saint Nicholas Shambles, City of London | Church of England


Administrative/Biographical history:

History of the united parishes of Christchurch Newgate Street and Saint Leonard Foster Lane, and the former parish of Saint Nicholas Shambles:

The church of Saint Nicholas Shambles was built some time before 1196. It was demolished in 1547 and the parish dissolved. The parish of Christchurch Newgate Street (also known as Christchurch Greyfriars) was formed in the same year to replace the parish of Saint Nicholas Shambles and also that of Saint Ewin. Very little is known about the parish of Saint Ewin, and no records are known to have survived.

The church of the former monastery of the Friars Minor, or Grey Friars, became the parish church of the new parish of Christchurch Newgate Street. The first church built on the site in 1225 was for the Friars, but it was rebuilt by 1348. In turn this was destroyed by the Great Fire and was rebuilt by Wren in 1687-1704. Apart from the steeple this church was destroyed in the Blitz. The steeple tower and vestry have been restored and the rest of the site turned into a garden. The church of Saint Leonard Foster Lane was destroyed in the Great Fire and not rebuilt and in 1670 the parish was united to Christchurch Newgate Street.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the parish of Christ Church, Newgate Street, City of London, including some records for Saint Nicholas Shambles (1538-1547 only). Records include parish registers from 1547-88 and then from 1724 (baptisms, banns, marriages); Vestry minutes from 1869; Churchwardens' accounts from 1891; church rate and tithe rate assessments books; and poor rate assessment books.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

As the archive is large and complex, and to assist the user, the catalogue has been arranged in sections each with a code as follows: A Parish registers; B Vestry and parish officers; C Rate assessments and inhabitants lists; D Charities and estates.

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 to these records rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Many records were destroyed in the Great Fire (1666) or the Blitz (1940-41), and of those that survive many are damaged.

Immediate source of acquisition:

The records of the united parishes have been deposited in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library at various dates since 1900. The most recent deposits for each parish are as follows: Christchurch Newgate Street, 2006; St. Leonard Foster Lane, 1960. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

United with the parish of St Leonard Foster Lane (P69/LEN2) and St Nicholas Shambles (see P69/CTC/A/001/MS09264).

In 1891, administration of the charitable gifts and bequests of the parish of Christchurch Newgate Street was transferred to the City Parochial Foundation. Deeds relating to these gifts and bequests, 1600-1851, have been deposited amongst the records of the City Parochial Foundation.

Churchwardens' accounts of Christchurch Newgate Street 1546-8 are held by St. Bartholomew's Hospital Archives and Museum, West Smithfield, London EC1A 7BE and are available by appointment only.

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:
April to June 2010.

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