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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 P69/DUN1
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1494-1960, 1997
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 6.50 linear metres (145 production units).
Name of creator(s): Parish of St Dunstan in the East, City of London | Church of England


Administrative/Biographical history:

The parish church of Saint Dunstan in the East, Idol Lane, was built during the second half of the 13th century. The main body of the church survived the Great Fire, but the tower and steeple had to be rebuilt by Christopher Wren. The church was rebuilt in the early 19th century when it was discovered that the roof had forced the medieval nave out of line. It was bombed and mostly destroyed during the Second World War, however the tower and nave walls have been restored and the site turned into a garden. The parish was united to All Hallows Barking (P69/ALH1) in 1960.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the parish of Saint Dunstan in the East, City of London. The records held include parish registers (marriages, burials, baptisms, banns) from 1558, vestry minutes from 1537, churchwardens' accounts from 1494, and poor rate assessment books.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

The catalogue has been arranged in sections each with an archival classification code as follows: P69/DUN1/A Parish registers; P69/DUN1/B Vestry and parish officers; P69/DUN1/C Rate assessments and inhabitants lists; P69/DUN1/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.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The records of St. Dunstan in the East have been deposited in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library at various dates since around 1919. The most recent deposit was in 2011. 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, updated June 2012.

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