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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/150
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1782-1940
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 15 production units.
Name of creator(s): St Alphage Society | educational charity


Administrative/Biographical history:

The St Alphage Society was formed in 1738 under the direction of the Reverend J. Broughton, secretary of the Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge. A weekly evening lecture was supported from Society funds and in 1751 a school was opened to clothe and educate five (later increased to thirty) poor children. For many years the school was associated with the City of London First National Schools in White Street, Finsbury, but on the closure of these premises in 1879 an agreement was made for the education of 20 poor boys and 20 poor girls at the Aldersgate Ward School, then at 160 Aldersgate Street. The Society originally met in the vestry of St Alphage London Wall and subsequently at various locations across the City including (successively) Newgate Street, Cannon Street, Aldersgate Street and Little Britain. The Society disappears from trade directories in 1960.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of St Alphage Society comprising minutes 1782-1940 and agendas 1925-40 (Mss 7021, 10479); financial records 1800-1940 (Mss 7022, 10481, 18917); admissions register 1903-38 (Ms 10480); copy will of James White dated 1794 (Ms 7023); vouchers and correspondence 1880-1940 and counsel's opinion 1903 (Ms 10482-3); list of officers and subscribers 1891, and histories of the Society 1907 and 1910 (Ms 18917).

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

The records have been sorted into an order which reflects divisions between the different functions and operations of the organisation and its administration.

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.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The records of the St Alphage Society were deposited at Guildhall Library by Norman & Son (B. Norman was treasurer to the Society) and the parish of St Botolph Aldersgate in 1952 and later, and catalogued at various dates by members of Guildhall Library staff. The whereabouts of any further records is unknown. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

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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:
June to August 2010.

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