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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/313/F
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1697-1955
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 13 production units.
Name of creator(s): St Paul's Cathedral | London


Administrative/Biographical history:

Details of "The Ritual and Religious Services of the Cathedral" are given by W Sparrow Simpson in Chapter in the History of Old St Paul's (1881), pp.41-58. Certain "Ceremonials at, and Processions to St Paul's" are recorded in Dugdale (1818 edn), pp.431-66, including the funeral of Lord Nelson in 1806, pp.455-63. For papers concerning the Duke of Wellington's funeral at St Paul's, 1852-3, see Ms 25783/368 (among the "Shenley deeds", see section CLC/313/L/H).

For music at the cathedral, see W Sparrow Simpson, Gleanings from Old St Paul's (1889), pp.155-244; JS Bumpus, The Organists and Composers of St Paul's Cathedral (1891); and Watkins Shaw, The Succession of Organists: of the Chapel Royal and the Cathedrals of England and Wales from c. 1538 (1991). For the cathedral's organ and bells, see section CLC/313/I. The performances of cathedral choir boys in the "Paul's playhouse" are described by Reavley Gair, The Children of St Paul's: The Story of a Theatre Company, 1553-1608 (1982), which lists the Masters of the Choristers, choristers/actors and playhouse managers (pp.184-185), as well as plays known to have been performed in the period (pp.186-187). NB: Gair appears to have found little of relevance in the cathedral archives. See section CLC/313/H for details of an article about the site of the playhouse.

For details of the medieval "Boy Bishop" Ceremony held at Old St Paul's on St Nicholas' Day (6th December), and an edition of a sermon preached at St Paul's by a Boy Bishop, c 1490-6, see Camden Miscellany, vol.7 (1875), introduction and pp.1-13. The sermon was usually prepared by the cathedral's almoner. A statute of 1263 concerning the ceremony is edited by W Sparrow Simpson, Registrum, pp.91-94.

The Guildhall Library Printed Books Section has a number of printed sermons delivered at St Paul's, which can be found using a classification search for "L 12.75", as well as service sheets for certain important cathedral occasions which can be found using a classification search for " L 12.71". Printed sermons held by St Paul's Cathedral Library are described in W Sparrow Simpson's St Paul's Cathedral Library: A Catalogue, pp.48-55 & 85-120.

For sermons and other (civic, papal or political) pronouncements delivered at Paul's Cross, see W Sparrow Simpson Chapters in the History of Old St Paul's, pp.149-232; ME Cornford, Paul's Cross: A History (1910); PE Jones "St Paul's Cross" in Guildhall Historical Association Transactions, vol.2 (1957), pop.14-22; and M Maclure, The Paul's Cross Sermons 1534-1642 (1958). The current cross in the cathedral courtyard is a 20th century memorial of the famous preaching cross first recorded in the late 12th century. The cross was originally built in stone, but was replaced ca. 1450 by wooden cross with a covered pulpit. These were destroyed in 1643 by order of Parliament. During the medieval period, in bad weather, Paul's Cross sermons were often delivered in the cathedral crypt ("Shrouds"). From the 17th century the Paul's Cross sermons were delivered in the cathedral itself, the Corporation of London extending hospitality to the preachers: see PE Jones, "St Paul's Cross" in Guildhall Historical Association Transactions, vol.2 (1957), pp.14-22. For payments to Paul's Cross preachers, see section CLC/313/G.

Meetings of Convocation of the southern province were regularly held at St Paul's.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Dean and Chapter of Saint Paul's Cathedral, London, relating to services held in the Cathedral, including:

*Register of marriages, 1697-1740 (CLC/313/F/001/MS25740). Note: THIS REGISTER MUST BE CONSULTED ON MICROFILM.

* Register of burials, 1760-1812 (CLC/313/F/002/MS25741). Note: THIS REGISTER MUST BE CONSULTED ON MICROFILM.

* For INDEXES ONLY of baptisms (to 1939), see CLC/313/F/004/MS25743/001; marriages (to 1939), see CLC/313/F/004/MS25743/002; and burials (to 1836), see CLC/313/F/004/MS25743/003.

* Register of preachers at Sunday morning services, Holy days etc., 1726-1925 (CLC/313/F/005/MS25805).

* Register of preachers at Sunday afternoon and evening services, and on weekdays etc., 1871-1912 and 1928-55 (CLC/313/F/007/MS25806/001-005).

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Records arranged by MS number, assigned during cataloguing at the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section. For a detailed discussion of the arrangement of the collection, see the fonds level description for Saint Paul's Cathedral, reference CLC/313.

Conditions governing access:

Restricted access: please see staff.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The bulk of the archives of St Paul's Cathedral were transferred to the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library in September 1980. They were catalogued by a member of Guildhall Library staff in around 1989. Other accessions were received from the 1960s onwards. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Baptisms 1708-13 and 1875-1975, marriages 1740-58 and 1877-1982, and burials 1814 onwards are retained by the Cathedral Librarian. NO EARLIER REGISTERS ARE KNOWN TO SURVIVE. No marriages were recorded during the years 1758-1876.

London Diocese burial register transcripts, 1814-20 & 1825-38 (DL/A/E/043/MS11232). Note: THIS TRANSCRIPT MUST BE CONSULTED ON MICROFILM.

London Diocese list of confirmation services at St Paul's, 1889-94 and 1898-1900 (not recording names of candidates) (DL/A/D/051/MS17847).

London Diocese list of candidates for confirmation services at St Paul's, 1979-81 (DL/A/D/057/MS20883) .

See also Special licences among the records of London Diocese, issued by the Archbishop of Canterbury for marriages at St Paul's 1877-1980 (DL/A/D/037/MS21648/001-021, incomplete).

For records of monuments in the cathedral, see section CLC/313/I; for marriage licensing records for the Peculiar jurisdiction see section CLC/313/K.

Publication note:

For transcripts and indexes of baptisms 1708-13 and 1875-97, marriages 1697-1758 and 1877-96, and burials 1760-1899, see Harleian Society, vol.26 (1889).

A typescript index of burials 1813 [sic]-53, compiled by Monnica Stevens, is held by the Guildhall Library Printed Books Section (Fo Pam 8935).

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:
August to October 2010.

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