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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/401
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1887-1978
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 40 production units.
Name of creator(s): St George's Anglican Church | Rapallo, Italy


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Bishop of London was held to exercise responsibility for Anglican churches overseas where no other bishop had been appointed. He retained responsibility for churches in northern and central Europe until 1980, but his jurisdiction in southern Europe ceased in 1842 on the creation of the diocese of Gibraltar. In 1980, the Bishop of London divested himself of all overseas jurisdiction and a new diocese of 'Gibraltar in Europe' was established.

The first regular chaplaincy was established at Rapallo, north Italy, in 1875, and services were held in the private chapel of the Palazzo Serra, which later became the Hotel de l'Europe.

|n 1894 a piece of ground next to the cemetery in Rapallo was purchased for use as a burial ground for British residents and other protestants. In response to growing numbers of British visitors, it was decided to build a permanent church. Work began on St. George's church in 1901, and the first services were held there in January 1904. It was requisitioned by enemy forces during the Second World War and although services resumed after the war, numbers of British visitors fell and the church was eventually sold in 1975.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Anglican church of Saint George, Rapallo, Italy, comprising registers of baptisms, marriages and burials 1906-1974; service registers 1887-1974; committee minutes 1901-1934; financial papers 1904-60; papers regarding the construction and fabric of church 1901-1931 and inventory 1948; register of subscriptions and donations 1901-14; correspondence 1954-1978; notes on history of church, photograph and other papers. Catalogued in 2006 and 2007 by an assistant archivist.

Permission for access to records less than 30 years old should be sought from the Chaplain of St. Mark's Church, Florence (contact details may be obtained from the information desk).

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Records arranged by MS number, assigned during cataloguing at the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section.

Conditions governing access:

Restricted access: please see staff.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The records were deposited by the chaplain of St. Mark's Church, Florence, in 2006 and 2007. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

See also DL/E/A to DL/E/E for papers relating to the Diocese of London Overseas Jurisdiction; CLC/318 for the Diocese in Europe and CLC/319 for the Diocese of Gibraltar.

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:
August to October 2010.

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