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SAINT PETER, WESTCHEAP: CITY OF LONDON

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 P69/PET4
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Full title: SAINT PETER, WESTCHEAP: CITY OF LONDON
Date(s): 1438-1970
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 2.16 linear metres (408 production units).
Name of creator(s): Parish of St Peter, Westcheap, City of London | Church of England

Context

Administrative/Biographical history:

History of the united parishes of Saint Peter Westcheap, Saint Matthew le Querne, Saint Matthew Friday Street, and Saint Vedast Foster Lane:

The church of Saint Peter Westcheap stood on the south west corner of Wood Street, on the north side of Cheapside. Built in the 12th century, it was rebuilt out of proceeds of the estate of John Sha in 1503. It was repaired in 1616-17, before being destroyed in the Great Fire. It was not rebuilt. The parish was united with Saint Matthew Friday Street in 1670.

The church of Saint Matthew Friday Street was repaired in 1632-3, and burnt in the Great Fire. It was rebuilt and enlarged by Wren, 1681-7. After restoration in 1861-2, it was taken down in 1881 and the parish united to Saint Vedast Foster Lane.

The church of Saint Michael le Querne stood at the western end of the City's great market. A corn market was sometimes held in the churchyard (which gave the parish its name). The church was repaired in 1617, burnt in 1666 and not rebuilt. The parish was subsequently united to Saint Vedast Foster Lane.

The church of Saint Vedast Foster Lane stood on the east side of Foster Lane. It was dedicated to the bishop and patron saint of Arras. The church was rebuilt in 1519, repaired and enlarged in 1614, and destroyed in the Great Fire. It was rebuilt in 1670-3. A steeple was added in 1697-8. It was restored after bomb damage in 1941 and fitted out with furniture from other churches.

Content

Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the parish of Saint Peter, Westcheap, City of London, including registers of baptisms, marriages and burials; Vestry minutes; Churchwardens' accounts; general financial accounts; papers relating to poor relief; poor rate assessments and papers relating to parish properties.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English

System of arrangement:

The catalogue has been arranged in sections 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:

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:

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

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The archives of the united parishes have been deposited in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library at various dates. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

United with Saint Michael le Querne (P69/MIC4) and St Vedast (P69/VED).


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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