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SAINT MARY, WHITECHAPEL: WHITECHAPEL HIGH STREET, TOWER HAMLETS

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 P93/MRY1
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Full title: SAINT MARY, WHITECHAPEL: WHITECHAPEL HIGH STREET, TOWER HAMLETS
Date(s): 1558-1947
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 6.33 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Parish of St Mary Matfelon, Whitechapel | Church of England

Context

Administrative/Biographical history:

By the thirteenth century the ancient parish church of Saint Dunstan's Stepney (P93/DUN) was too small for the population of the area. A new church, Saint Mary Matfelon, was built as a chapel of ease. The name Matfelon is of French origin. The church certainly existed by 1280 and achieved parish status by 1320; it was rebuilt in 1362. The church was covered in limewash, hence the name 'Whitechapel', which gave its name to the district. The building was badly damaged in the Second World War and was pulled down. The site is now a public garden. The parish was divided between Christ Church with All Saints (P93/CTC1) and Saint Augustine with Saint Philip (P93/AUG).

Content

Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the parish of Saint Mary, Whitechapel High Street, including registers of baptisms, marriages, banns and burials; administrative and financial records; papers relating to parish charities and poor relief; tithe collectors' books; sections and elevations of the church building.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English

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:

Please see online catalogues at: http://search.lma.gov.uk/opac_lma/index.htm

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records deposited by the Rector of St Botolph, Aldgate, in 1955, 1958, 1962 and 2005.

Allied Materials

Related material:

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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