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St Botolph's Parish, Bishopsgate

St Botolph's, BishopsgateREFERENCE CODE: Various.

ADMINISTRATIVE/BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY: There has been a church on the site of St Botolph Without Bishopsgate from before the Battle of Hastings, although the current building was completed in 1729. Designed by James Gold, the church was built to replace the previous building after it became unsafe in 1724.

The church is close to the site of the Bethlehem Hospital for Lunatics, which became known as the infamous Bedlam. Famous names associated with the church include Keats, who was baptised at St Botolph’s in 1795.


SCOPE AND CONTENT:

  • Committee minute book for St Botolph's Parish, Bishopsgate including minutes of meetings of the visiting Trustees, the Railing Committee, the Committee to Confer with the Bishop of London, the Committee on Church Expenditure and others, including the Fire Plug Committee, Committee for Watering the Streets, Committee on Revising the Rates and the Committee on Parish Estates, 1824-1835 (REF: LONDON COLLECTION MANUSCRIPTS 25)
  • Material regarding the funds and Infant School belonging to St Botolph's Parish, Bishopsgate, London including printed report of the Committee appointed by the Vestry to enquire into the Ecclesiastical funds of the Parish (annotated) (4pp), Nov 1900; printed report of the Committee appointed by the Vestry to enquire into the Ecclesiastical funds of the Parish (5pp), 6 Dec 1900; handwritten report of the St Botolph's Parish Vestry Committee set up to consider the ownership, users and disposition of the land and buildings known as the Infant School, Bishopsgate Churchyard (annotated) (7pp), 1906; typescript analysis of the poor rate for St Botolph's Parish, Bishopsgate (1p), 1894-1905 (REF: LONDON COLLECTION MANUSCRIPTS/47)
  • Handwritten list of applicants for gifts from St Botolph's Parish, Bishopsgate, listing name and address, age, marital status and general notes on the circumstances of each case (26pp), 1884-1888 (REF: LONDON COLLECTION MANUSCRIPTS/31)
  • Miscellaneous receipts to Ann Bowler, resident of the Bishopsgate area for miscellaneous goods and services, 1821-1827 (REF: LONDON COLLECTION MANUSCRIPTS/23)
  • Rent roll for St Botolph's Parish, Bishopsgate, listing streets, buildings and occupiers, 1787-1852 (REF: LONDON COLLECTION MANUSCRIPTS/26)
  • Nine photographs of Curates of St Botolph's Parish, Bishopsgate, 1863-1873 (REF: LONDON COLLECTION MANUSCRIPTS/71)