Collection AR440 - Croydon Domestic Mission

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Croydon Domestic Mission


  • 1886-1960 (Creation)

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1 box

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Croydon Domestic Mission opened July 1886 in Dennett Hall, 17 Dennett Road, Broad Green , West Croydon. The foundation stone for the hall was laid by Mr Fred Nettlefold of Norwood ( Nettlefold Sons Tool Manufacturers ).

The societys mission statement was:

The objects of the society shall be the intellectual, moral and religious improvement of the neighbourhood, and the amelioration of its condition, irrespective of creed. The operations of the society shall be conducted in an unsectarian spirit.

The 1888 street directory entry reads 59 Dennett Road, Mission Room. The street numbering had changed by 1939 and the entry in the street directory for that year appears between nos. 15 23 and reads as Dennett Hall, Randall Mrs Caretkr. (res). By 1955 the hall is numbered as 17.

The mission closed in 1959 and Dennett Hall was sold to the Full Gospel Church (also known as Assemblies of God ) for 1633,750. The sale was completed 21 December 1959.

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Accession Number: 440

Croydon Domestic Mission records

Minutes 1886-1889, 1942-59; rules; Dennett Hall licence; photographs of Dennett Hall c.1950s; etc. List available on accession file.

Item date: 1886-1960

Accession date: 27/11/1999

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This collection contains an incomplete series of minute books. It also contains a newspaper cutting giving a brief history, one photograph of Dennett Hall, two files of correspondence relating to the sale of Dennett Hall, and various miscellaneous documents.

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A report on the laying of the foundation stone was published in the Croydon Times 26 February 1954 page 4.

There is also a report on the opening of the Full Gospel Church in the Croydon Advertiser 4 March 1960 page 12f.

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