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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 P69/ALB
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1583-1941
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 2.33 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Parish of St Alban, Wood Street, City of London | Church of England


Administrative/Biographical history:

The church of Saint Alban, Wood Street, was constructed on the supposed site of the chapel of King Offa, the 8th century ruler of Mercia, who founded Saint Alban's Abbey. The churchyard was used by the Barber-Surgeons' Company for the burial of dissected felons. The church was rebuilt in 1633 but burned down during the Great Fire of 1666. It was reconstructed by Wren to the same design in 1685-85, although a tower was added in 1697. After a bombing raid in 1940 everything except the tower was destroyed. The ruins were demolished in 1955, leaving the tower.

After the 1666 Great Fire, Saint Olave, Silver Street, was united with the parish of Saint Alban's; and in 1894 Saint Michael, Wood Street was united with Saint Alban's.

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 Alban, Wood Street, City of London, including registers of baptisms, marriages and burials; register of church services; Vestry minute books; Churchwardens' records; poor rate assessment books; tithe rate assessment books; and account books listing charitable donations.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

To assist the user 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.

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:

The records of Saint Alban Wood Street and Saint Olave Silver Street were deposited in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library in 1903 and 1951. Further records were presented privately to the Library in 1993 and these do not form part of the parish deposit. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

For Saint Michael, Wood Street, see P69/MIC7. For Saint Olave, Silver Street, see P69/OLA3.

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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