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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 P92/CTC
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1671-1996
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 14.29 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Parish of Christ Church, Southwark | Church of England


Administrative/Biographical history:

In 1627 John Marshall, a gentleman of Axe Yard, Southwark, left property in trust for various charities, including the erection of a new church, to be called Christ Church, in Saint Saviour's Parish in which the population had increased significantly. No action was taken until 1663 when the trustees began to consider the bequest. William Angell, lord of the manor of Paris Garden, donated some land, and in 1671 the church was constructed and a new parish was formed from the manor. It was necessary to rebuild the church in 1738-1741 as the marshy ground was damaging the foundations. Further restorations took place in 1870 and 1890. In 1941 the church was gutted by an incendiary bomb; and in 1956 the parish was amalgamated with that of the church of Saint James. A new church was constructed in 1959.

Information from 'Christ Church', Survey of London: volume 22: Bankside (the parishes of St. Saviour and Christchurch Southwark) (1950), pp. 101-107.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the parish of Christ Church, Blackfriars Road, Southwark, including registers of baptisms, marriages and burials; papers relating to the burial ground; Vestry and Parochial Church Council minutes; church services registers; maps of the parish; papers relating to the maintenance of the church building; prints of the church interior and exterior; financial records; papers relating to parish charities and schools; and historical notes.

Also records relating to local taxation including poor rate books; church rate books; minister's rate books; church yard/burial ground rate books, highways rate books, watching and lighting rate books, sewers and draingage rate books.

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 may be subject to access restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

The church was bombed in World War Two; many registers were damaged by fire and water, some destroyed.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records deposited by the Rector in the London County Record Office, 23 November 1953 and 15 September 1958. Further records transferred from the records of the Boards of Guardians to the London County Record Office, 18 May 1953. Further records deposited by the Rector in the London County Record Office, 8 March 1960. Further records transferred by Welfare Department to the Greater London Record Office, on 24 January 1966.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

See also the Diocese of Southwark website for more information (accessed May 2010).

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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