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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 P69/HEL
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1565 - 2021
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 9.5 linear metres (430 production units)
Name of creator(s): Parish of St Helen Bishopsgate, City of London | Church of England


Administrative/Biographical history:

The medieval parish church of Saint Helen Bishopsgate was attached to a Benedictine nunnery, founded on the site in around 1204. When the religious house was dissolved in 1538, the church reverted to its parochial use.

The parish of Saint Martin Outwich was united with Saint Helen Bishopsgate in 1873, and its church, which had been destroyed by fire in 1765 and rebuilt in 1796, was pulled down in 1874.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the parish of Saint Helen Bishopsgate, City of London. The records include parish registers (baptisms, marriages, banns, burials), service registers, Churchwardens' accounts, church rate and poor rate assessments, Vestry minutes, administrative papers and deeds, estate papers, and faculties. Date ranges of registers: Christenings 1575-2011; Marriages 1575-1870, 2004-2010; Burials 1575-1853; Banns 1653-1993; Confirmations 1956-2011.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

P69/HEL/A: Parish Registers; P69/HEL/B: Vestry and Parish Officers; P69/HEL/C: Rate Assessments and Inhabitants Lists; P69/HEL/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:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The records of St Helen Bishopsgate and St Martin Outwich have been deposited in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library at various dates since 1922. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

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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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