Magazine archives

Very old magazines


All the old magazines have been scanned and added to a Magazine Archive in the St James's archives and can be dowloaded here. N/A means that a magazine is not available, perhaps not printed. The quality of the scans vary and correspond to the quality of each original magazine. See the links on the left. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read them which you can download free from Adobe

1884 -1899 | 1900 - 1919 | 1920 - 1939 | 1940 - 1959 | 1960 - 1979 | 1980 - 1999 | 2000 - 2019

From November 1884 until January 1933 the magazines are preserved, without their covers, bound together as hard-backed books, one or two years in a book. Consequently, there is no record of the covers of these particular magazines, which also means not many records of services and staff at this time as they were mostly printed on the covers. From January 1933 the magazines are preserved separately with their covers, all the same and showing the church staff and services. There are no records of magazines from 1937, 1938 or 1939 and only a few magazines are available from the 1940s.

The parish magazine was named The Spire in 1952 and on the online archive only the first magazine of each year is shown complete with its cover and information page to save digital space and download time. The covers were redesigned every so often until April 2006 when the Spire began to be produced 'in house'. After that time there were different covers with the first issue available from each year being complete. From October 2008 each Spire had its own individual cover and from then each magazine is available complete with its cover, the services and details of staff and contacts.

Up until the summer of 2019, one of every magazine available was stored in the church, latterly in the church office. Then in the autumn of 2019 the magazines up to April 2006 (when we changed from A5 to A4 format) were moved to the London Metropolitan Archives (LMA). This was to free up space in the office and because there are specific regulations under which these should best be stored (temperature, safety, fire risk) which the office cannot provide. To do any form of research became easier there than in the church office (contact LMA: 020 7332 3820 / e-mail). The LMA's website have put a link to our website so people can also look at them electronically. 

Cartoon of old magazinesDownloading tips

• Most magazines will appear full width on your screen. If they do not then go to the horizontal navigation bar at the top of the magazine and click the arrow at the side of the percentage box. A drop down menu will appear. Scroll down and choose the width you require. Alternately, just zoom in to your choice of text size.
• If a magazine does not download on the first double click, double click on it again. 
• If you have downloaded a magazine but cannot see the first page just start to scroll down and that will nudge the page to appear!

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Parish magazines through the years
Magazine covers (photos)

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