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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 P95/MRY3
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1855-1991
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 5.44 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Parish of St Mary, Balham | Church of England


Administrative/Biographical history:

Saint Mary's originated in a proprietary chapel constructed between 1805 and 1808 on the initiative of several wealthy Balham residents, including William Wilberforce. In 1824 the building was extended; and in 1855 it was consecrated as a parish church and dedicated to Saint Mary. Further extensions were added in 1882 and 1903. The church was damaged by bombing during the Second World War and in 1976 after an IRA bomb went off in the area.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the parish of Saint Mary, Balham High Road, Balham, including registers of baptisms, marriages and confirmations; registers of church services; preachers' books; Vestry and Parochial Church Council minute book; financial accounts; parish magazines; administrative records; faculties and plans relating to the construction and maintenance of the church; papers relating to parish boundary alterations; papers relating to tithes; records of the parish schools; orders of service 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 in 1976.

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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