Collection AR158 - Miscellaneous Records Relating to St. James' Church, Croydon

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Miscellaneous Records Relating to St. James' Church, Croydon


  • 1923 - 1960 (Creation)

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The church was consecrated on 30 January 1829 as a Chapel of Ease to the parish of Croydon and became a parish on the 11 March 1853 with the right of soleminisation of marriages. Soon after opening, the church became associated with the East India Company College at Addiscombe and their services were held here; the south aisle was reserved for their use, many were buried and their were several memorials in both the interior and exterior of the church.

A declining congregation from the 1960s onwards eventually led to closure and the final service was held on 27 January 1980. The parish was dissolved and the area merged with St Michael and All Angels. Following a long period of disuse, during which time it was subject to vandalism, the building was acquired in 1985 for sheltered accommodation and, following conversion, opened for that purpose in the early 1990s. It is now known as Speakers Court and consists of 27 flats.

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Donated by Alan Hardcastle in August 1994.

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Accession Number: A499

Records of St James Church, Croydon

Attendance register, Kings Messengers (children), 1923-31 - gives home addresses and ages; church choir attendance register, 1938-53; estimate for building of Church Hall, May 1953; correspondence relating to rebuilding of Church Hall, 1945-60; correspondence relating to Vicarage, 1957-60.

Item date: 1923 - 1960

Accession date: 4/8/1994

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1) Attendance register, Kings Messengers (children), 1923-31 - gives home addresses and ages.

2) Church choir attendance register, 1938-53.

3) Correspondence relating to rebuilding of Church c Hall, 1944-60.

4) Estimate for building of Church Hall, May 1953.

5) Correspondence relating to Vicarage, 1957-63.

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The parish records of St James' church are held at Surrey History Centre, Woking; These can be accessed via Ancestry in the Museum of Croydon Research Room

A history of St James' Church, The Death of a Parish (1990), written by the donor is held in the Learning Collection at S70 (283) JAM.

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