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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 P93/FAI
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1890-1945
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.64 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Parish of St Faith, Stepney | Church of England


Administrative/Biographical history:

A mission run by Saint Dunstan's (P93/DUN) existed for some time in cramped quarters in Shandy Street. Money for a new building became available through over-subscription to the costs of a legal case between the Rector of Stepney and Annie Besant.

Saint Faith's was described as one of the most charming of Stepney's churches. Work commenced in 1891 and it was licensed for use on October 24th 1891. It was not until 1901 that the church was finally completed. The Rector of Saint Dunstan's was discomfited by the cost as his church had been severely damaged by fire and it was very difficult to find money to pay for both Saint Faith's and for the restoration of Saint Dunstan's.

Saint Faith's remained a chapel of ease to Saint Dunstan's until 1926. An Order in Council allowed it to become a parish church for several districts around it, but the new parish was very short-lived. The church was badly shaken by a bomb blast in 1940 and had to be closed. The parish was re-united with Saint Dunstan's after post war re-organisation. The church building has since been demolished.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the parish of Saint Faith, Shandy Street, Stepney, including registers of baptisms and marriages; church services registers; financial accounts; map of the parish; and inventories.

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 deposited in 1955.

Allied Materials

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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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