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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 A/JM
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1567-1936
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 3.07 linear metres
Name of creator(s): John Marshall's Charity


Administrative/Biographical history:

In 1627 John Marshall, a gentleman resident in Axe Yard (now Newcomen Street), Southwark, left property in trust for various charities, including the erection of a new church. This was to be called Christ Church, and was to be built in a part of Saint Saviour's Parish in which the population had increased significantly. Money was also left to pay for a minister, provide university scholarships for poor Southwark students, and hold a weekly lecture. Instructions were given that the remainder of the money should be used for "the Mayntenance and Continuance of the sincere preaching of God's most holie Word in this Land for ever". Under this section of the will the Charity made grants to poor clergy and now contributes grants towards the provision of housing for the clergy.

The 1855 Marshall's Charity Act allowed the Trustees greater freedoms, including the right to make grants towards the construction of new churches. A later Charity Commission Scheme gave them the power to make grants towards the restoration and repair of existing churches in Kent, Surrey or Lincolnshire.

For more information see the charity website at (accessed July 2010).


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of John Marshall's Charity, including administrative records; papers relating to estates and property; papers relating to work in the parish of Christ Church, Southwark; records of funding for education; receipts and bills; acts and legislation; maps and plans. Also papers of the Commissioners of Sewers for Surrey and Kent, the Militia Commissioners for Southwark, and Borough Market.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

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.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records of the Trustees of John Marshall's Charity transferred from 9, Newcomen Street, S.E.1, to the London County Record Office, the County Hall, Westminster Bridge, S.E.1, January, 1956.

Allied Materials

Related material:

For the parish of Christ Church, Southwark, see P92/CTC.

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:
June to August 2010.

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