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Parish History

Bridewell Precinct is situate on the west side of Blackfriar's Bridge, and extends to Whitefriars.¹

BRIDEWELL CHAPEL, the chapel of Bridewell Royal Hospital and Bridewell Precinct. Bridewell Precinct was absorbed into the parish of St Bride Fleet Street in 1864... and the chapel pulled down in 1871.²

1. Topographical Dictionary of London by James Elmes; published 1831

2. General Guide by The Guildhall Library at


Bridewell Palace Built on wast or garden site by Henry VIII 1515-23, after fire destroyed most of Westminster Palace in 1512. In use June 1522.[1]

1848 parish description
Bridewell Hospital and Precinct is an extra-parochial parish, in the city Without the Walls. It is part of the West London Union.[2]


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church records

To find the names of the neighbouring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes. Here is a list of church records on microfilm at the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City.

Non-Conformist Churches

Census records

1576 Subsidy


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Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Middlesex Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Poor Law Unions

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Maps and Gazetteers

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  1. Gazetteer to c.1270 and c.1520 Maps Page 67 Adapted, date accessed: 21 November 2013.
  2. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848) Adapted. Date accessed: 27 December 2013.