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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 P69/BOT1
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1466-1984
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 27.4 linear metres (816 production units).
Name of creator(s): Parish of St Botolph Aldersgate, City of London | Church of England


Administrative/Biographical history:

The parish of Saint Botolph Aldersgate existed from at least the 13th century, the church standing near Aldersgate, one of the gates of the City of London. Botolph was a 7th century Saxon Abbot and the patron saint of travellers, so his churches were usually situated at the city gates. The church was enlarged in 1488, repaired in 1627, rebuilt in 1754-57 and repaired again in 1833 and 1851. The parish was united with Saint Bartholomew the Great in 1954 and became one of the City of London's "Guild Churches". The churchyard is laid out as a garden, Postman's Park.

Glasshouse Yard was an extra-parochial liberty in the northern part of the parish of Saint Botolph Aldersgate. It extended outside the City into Goswell Street.

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 Botolph, Aldersgate. The main archive dates from the 17th century, but it also includes churchwardens' accounts from 1466, vestry minutes from 1601 and muniments of title from 1365. Parish registers include baptisms, burials, banns, marriages and church services. The archive includes poor rate assessments; tithe rate assessments; records of the extra-parochial liberty of Glasshouse Yard, which was in the northern part of the parish; and records relating to a number of parish charities, including Dame Anne Packington's School.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English and Latin.

System of arrangement:

To assist the user, the catalogue has been arranged in sections each with an archival classification 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 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:

The records of St Botolph Aldersgate have been deposited with the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library at various dates since 1906. The most recent deposit was in 1985. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

See P69/BAT3 for Saint Bartholomew the Great. The Section also holds an illuminated early 15th century missal which once belonged to the parish (Ms 515), which is not part of the parish archive.

In 1891, administration of the charitable gifts and bequests was transferred to the City Parochial Foundation. Deeds relating to these gifts and bequests (1365-1718) have been deposited amongst the records of the City Parochial Foundation [Ms 23737/21-22].

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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