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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 P69/BAT3
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1563-1981
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 20.65 linear metres (679 production units).
Name of creator(s): Parish of St Bartholomew the Great, City of London | Church of England


Administrative/Biographical history:

The church of Saint Bartholomew the Great, situated in West Smithfield, is London's oldest church. It is the only surviving part of the Augustinian priory founded in 1123. The church was enlarged mid-12th century and 1230-1240. Parts were rebuilt 1336 and 1405-1406. In 1539 the priory was dissolved and the nave of the church was pulled down. The choir was left intact for the use of parishioners. The other monastic buildings were sold to Sir Richard Rich and leased out for various uses. In 1628 the central tower was removed and a new one built at the west end. Painter William Hogarth was christened here in 1697. The church was restored in 1863-1885, and in 1932 the choir screen was erected. The church has appeared as a set in a number of films and television shows, including Four Weddings and a Funeral. The parish of Saint Botolph Aldersgate (P69/BOT1) was united with that of Saint Bartholomew the Great in 1954.

Some 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 Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield, City of London. The records include parish registers (baptisms, marriages, burials, banns), rate assessments, Churchwardens' accounts, Vestry and Parochial Church Council minutes, legal papers, deeds, plans and photographs, papers relating to the maintenance of the building, charity and school papers, and administrative records.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

To assist the user, the catalogue has been arranged in sections each with an archival classification code as follows: P69/BAT3/A Parish registers; P69/BAT3/B Vestry and parish officers; P69/BAT3/C Rate assessments and inhabitants lists; P69/BAT3/D Charities and estates; P69/BAT3/E Parish schools.

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:

The records of St. Bartholomew the Great have been deposited with the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library at various dates since 1936. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

P69/BOT1 - Saint Botolph Aldersgate.

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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