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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 P69/MRY1
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1530-1986
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 4.64 linear metres (280 production units).
Name of creator(s): Parish of St Mary Abchurch, City of London | Church of England


Administrative/Biographical history:

The church of Saint Mary Abchurch was founded in the 12th century and belonged to the Prior of Saint Mary Overie (now Southwark Cathedral). The medieval church was destroyed during the Great Fire of 1666 and the church was rebuilt by Christopher Wren between 1681 and 1696. It was badly damaged by bombing in 1940 and was carefully restored. It is now one of the City of London's Guild Churches.

The church of Saint Lawrence Pountney had been destroyed in the Great Fire of London and was not rebuilt and in circa 1670 the two parishes were united.

Information from The London Encyclopaedia, eds. Weinreb and Hibbert (LMA Library Reference 67.2 WEI).


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the parish of Saint Mary Abchurch, Abchurch Yard, City of London, including registers of baptisms, burials, marriages and banns; church services registers; Vestry minutes; administrative papers; Churchwardens' accounts and vouchers; papers and plans relating to the maintenance of the church building; rate books and rate assessments; deeds for parish properties; and plans of the parish.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The catalogue has been arranged in sections representing sub-groups each with a code as follows: A Parish registers, B Vestry and parish officers, C Rate assessments and inhabitants lists, D Charities and estates, E Parish schools.

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:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The records of the parish of St Mary Abchurch have been deposited with the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library at various dates, together with the records of the parish of St Lawrence Pountney. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

United with St Lawrence Pountney (P69/LAW2).

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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