Magazine archives

Very old magazines


Up until the summer of 2019, one of every magazine was stored in the church, latterly in the church office. They were then moved to the London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) to free up space in the office and because there are specific regulations under which these ideally should be stored (temperature, safety, fire risk) which the office cannot provide. The magazines up to April 2006 (when we changed from A5 to A4 format) are now stored at LMA at Northampton Road, Clerkenwell which is open every day including alternate Saturdays. They have also put a link to our website so people can look at them electronically. If people want to do any form of research it will be so much easier at the LMA than in the church office. Have a look at their website and they can be contacted by e-mail and phone 020 7332 3820.

All the old magazines have been scanned and added to a Magazine Archive in the St James's archives and are recorded here. 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

N/A means that a magazine is not available, perhaps not printed. There are no records of magazines from 1937, 1938 or 1939. 

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, which also show the church staff and services. During these years the covers were all the same. All the covers from this period, which also show the vicar's name and the services, were the same. The "Parochial Notes" at the top of the first page of each magazine show details of the churchwardens, the organist, the Parochial Church Officer, various groups, clubs and so on. Only a few magazines are available from the 1940s.

All the new Spire covers from 1952 to 1959 were the same design with some pink and some yellow. The first issue available from each year below is complete with both its cover and its information page, the latter being a new feature of the magazine. The magazines from 1960-1979 the first issue available from each year below is complete with both its cover and its information page. The cover used from 1956 was continued until May 1962 when a new cover was designed. In May 1963 the same image was used as previously, but the colour changed from pink to white. The cover used from 1963 was continued until May 1973 when a new cover was designed.There were two cover designs from 1970-1979. The first issue available from each year below is complete with both its cover and its information page. The cover used from 1973 was continued then a new cover was designed and used from April 1983 to May 1987. There were two cover designs between 1990 and 1999.  The cover used from June 1987 was continued until May 1995 when a new cover was designed. The first issue available from each year below is complete with both its cover and its information page. The cover introduced in June 1995 continued to be used up until April 2006 when the Spire began to be produced 'in house'. After that time there were many different covers and from October 2008 each Spire had its own individual cover. The first issue available from each year below is complete with both its cover and its information page until October 2008, and from then each magazine is available complete with its cover, the services and details of staff and contacts.

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 click "fit width". 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 (the cover) 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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