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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 P97/MRY
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1670-1934
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 7.97 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Parish of St Mary Magdalene, Woolwich | Church of England


Administrative/Biographical history:

The church of Saint Mary Magdalene is the ancient parish church of Woolwich. The original church dated to the 12th century but was becoming ruinous by 1718. The parishioners successfully petitioned Parliament to include the church in the scheme created under the 1711 "Act for the building of Fifty New Churches in the Cities of London and Westminster or the Suburbs thereof". The new church was constructed between 1727 and 1739 by bricklayer Matthew Spray, working under the supervision of two anonymous gentlemen.

The parish has been united with Saint John, Wellington Street (P97/JN) and Holy Trinity, Beresford Square, Woolwich (P97/TRI).


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the parish of Saint Mary Magdalene, Church Street, Woolwich, including registers of baptisms, marriages, banns and burials; Vestry minutes; Churchwardens' accounts; Overseers' accounts; registers of church services; financial records; papers of parish charities; Parochial Church Council minutes; parish magazines; and scrapbooks.

Access & Use

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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 by the Rector in the London County Record Office and the Greater London Record Office, 15 March 1954, 17 October 1956 and 11 November 1965.

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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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