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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 P89/PAU3
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1883-1986
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 1.26 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Parish of St Paul, Portman Square | Church of England


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Portman Chapel was constructed in 1779 as a chapel serving the Portman Estate, newly laid out in this area. The chapel fell within the parish of Saint Marylebone. In December 1831 the church became the parish church of Saint Paul. In 1870 the church was rebuilt and expanded. In 1901 it was reconsecrated as the parish church of Saint Paul, Portman Square. After the Second World War the population of the area decreased and the parish was united to All Souls' Langham Place (P89/ALS). The church was closed and demolished in 1972. It was replaced by Saint Paul's, Robert Adam Street, which was consecrated in 1970.

The chapel should not be confused with the Portland Chapel, Great Portland Street, which was also renamed Saint Paul's (P89/PAU1).


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the parish of Saint Paul, Portman Square, Marylebone, including registers of baptisms, confirmations, marriages and banns; church services registers; curates' licences; papers relating to parish boundaries; papers relating to the new church building including plans and elevations, photographs and correspondence; financial accounts; Vestry and Parochial Church Council minutes; minutes of the St Paul's Thursday Club; and volumes of monthly notes.

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:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records P89/PAU3/1-135 deposited in the Greater London Record Office on 18 June 1982; records P89/PAU3/136-146 deposited by the incumbent in the Greater London Record Office, 15 February 1985.

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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:
April to June 2010.

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