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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/179
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1664-1957
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 38 production units.
Name of creator(s): Devonshire Square (Particular) Baptist Church


Administrative/Biographical history:

The church was founded in c 1653 by William Kiffin at Devonshire Square, although the archives of the Devonshire Square meeting includes one volume relating to its constitutional predecessor, the Turners' Hall meeting, previously at Petty France, Artillery Lane and Walbrook, which moved to Devonshire Square in 1727 (see Ms 20228/1B); and several volumes of the meeting which, although at Devonshire Square between c 1664 and 1727, nevertheless dissolved itself in the latter year being received into the Turners' Hall meeting, when it moved to Devonshire Square. The unification was thus effected so that the Turners' Hall meeting could continue to enjoy a bequest to which it was entitled only as a distinct church. The Devonshire Square site was sold in 1870 and the meeting moved to a new chapel in Stoke Newington Road in 1871 (see Ms 20242). The Shacklewell Baptist Church, Wellington Place, Stoke Newington, founded in 1822, was united to the Devonshire Square church in 1884.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of the Devonshire Square (Particular) Baptist Church and predecessor church the Turners' Hall meeting. The records comprise memoranda and constitutional documents, minutes, records of membership and attendance, and financial material. They were catalogued by a member of Guildhall Library staff.

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 are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 1998.

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 Shacklewell Baptist Church, Wellington Place, Stoke Newington founded in 1822, was united to the Devonshire Square church in 1884 and its archive deposited with the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library with that of the Devonshire Square church in 1982. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

For further information on the church see Walter Wilson, The History and Antiquities of the Dissenting Churches ... in London.., (London 1808), vol.i, pp.400-454 and W T Whitley, The Baptists of London, (London 1928).

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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