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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 P69/LAW2
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1614-1954
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 2.24 linear metres (207 production units).
Name of creator(s): Parish of St Lawrence Pountney, City of London | Church of England


Administrative/Biographical history:

The church of Saint Lawrence Pountney is referred to in medieval documents by several different names: Saint Lawrence next the Thames, Saint Lawrence in Candlewigstrate, and Saint Lawrence de Lundenstane. In 1334 the church was converted into a college with a master and seven chaplains by John de Poulteney, and the name was changed. The college was dissolved between 1547 and 1553 and the church became a parish church again. The church was destroyed in the Great Fire of London and was not rebuilt, and in circa 1670 the parish was united with Saint Mary Abchurch. The church of Saint Mary Abchurch was rebuilt by Christopher Wren between 1681 and 1696. Saint Mary Abchurch is now one of the City of London's Guild Churches.

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 Lawrence Pountney, City of London, including registers of baptisms, marriages and burials; Vestry minutes; Churchwarden's accounts and papers relating to poor relief; tithe rate and poor rate assessments; papers relating to parish charities.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The catalogue has been arranged in sections representing sub-groups each with a code as follows: A Parish registers, B Vestry and parish officers, C Rate assessments and inhabitants lists, D Charities and estates, E Parish schools.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

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 the parish of St Mary Abchurch have been deposited with the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library at various dates, together with the records of the parish of St Lawrence Pountney. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

United to the Parish of St Mary Abchurch (P69/MRY1).

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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