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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 P69/OLA1
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1491-1978
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 4.28 linear metres (527 production units).
Name of creator(s): Parish of St Olave, Hart Street, City of London | Church of England


Administrative/Biographical history:

History of the united parishes of St Olave Hart Street, All Hallows Staining and St Katherine Coleman:

Saint Olave Hart Street is named after King Olaf of Norway who fought with Ethelred the Unready against the Danes in the Battle of London Bridge, and was canonised for his defence of Christendom. King Olaf died in 1025 and this church was founded soon after. The original church was rebuilt in the 13th century and again in 1450. Samuel Pepys and his wife worshipped here and are buried here. Restorations were needed after the Second World War.

The parish of All Hallows Staining was united to the parish of Saint Olave Hart Street in 1870 and the church of All Hallows Staining was demolished in the same year. In 1921 the parish of Saint Katherine Coleman was united to Saint Olave Hart Street (with All Hallows Staining) and the redundant church was demolished in 1926.

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 Olave, Hart Street, City of London. Parish registers (baptisms, marriages, burials, banns) date from 1563; vestry minutes date from 1707, churchwardens accounts date from 1691. Other records include preachers' books; papers relating to poor relief; poor rate books; church rate books; and papers of parochial charities.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The catalogue has been arranged in sections representing subgroups each with an initial letter code as follows: A Parish registers. B Vestry and parish officers. C Rate assessment and inhabitants lists. 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.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The records of the three churches were first deposited in 1901-2 and there have been several later deposits - including parish registers of St Olave Hart Street covering 1563-1704 received in 1993. The most recent deposits for the parishes of All Hallows Staining and St Katherine Coleman were made in 1953. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

In 1891, administration of the charitable gifts and bequests of the parish of St Olave Hart Street was transferred to the City Parochial Foundation. Deeds relating to these gifts and bequests, 1570-1799, have been deposited amongst the records of the City Parochial Foundation.

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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