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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 P85/CTC1
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1862-1986
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 2.16 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Parish of Christ Church, Norwood | Church of England


Administrative/Biographical history:

The area of Gipsy Hill began to expand rapidly in the 1860s, and a temporary iron church built in 1862 soon became filled to capacity. A larger, permanent building was constructed by 1867, designed by John Giles in a Gothic style. Saint Jude's Mission Church was established in 1880. A tower was added in 1889. The church was rebuilt in 1987 after a fire destroyed the original church, leaving the tower fabric largely untouched.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the parish of Christ Church, Gipsy Hill, Norwood, including registers of baptisms, marriages, confirmations and banns; registers of church services; Vestry and Parochial Church Council minutes; records of the Churchwardens; papers relating to the maintenance of the church including faculties; photographs; parish magazines; papers regarding endowments and the benefice; financial records.

Also papers of Saint Jude's Mission Church including preachers' books; account book; and photographs.

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 by the vicar on 16 February 1956. Additional parish records deposited 20 August 1982, 23 May 1989 and 3 August 1989.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

See 'Norwood: Churches', in the Survey of London: volume 26: Lambeth: Southern area (1956).

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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