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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 P84/PAU
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1861-1978
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 2.01 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Parish of St Paul, Onslow Square, Kensington | Church of England


Administrative/Biographical history:

Onslow Square was built between 1845 and 1865 on estate left by a wealthy seventeenth-century alderman Henry Smith. The architect of the church was James Edmeston. The exterior of the church is faced with Kentish rag and is basically Perpendicular in style with a distinctive slender spire. Saint Paul's was consecrated at Christmas 1860. One vicar, Hanmer Webb Peploe, whose incumbency was 1876-1909, made the church a noted centre of Evangelism. Memorial tablets include one to Sir Charles James Freake, who contributed most of the funds of the church and was the builder and developer responsible for the construction of the estate upon which the church stood.

In 1977 St Paul's united with Holy Trinity Brompton and the last service was on 1st May that year.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the parish of St Paul, Onslow Square, Kensington, including registers of baptisms, marriages and confirmations; church service registers; staff records; papers relating to the benefice; records of the Parochial Church Council; papers relating to Saint Paul's Church Home; parish magazines and published sermons.

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 to these records rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records deposited in 1981, 1993, and 2003.

Allied Materials

Related material:

See also P84/TRI2 for Holy Trinity Brompton.

Publication note:

Survey of London, Volume XLI, (1983), LMA Library reference 92.1 GLC.

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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