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Clerkenwell St James

Guide to Clerkenwell St James, Middlesex ancestry, family history, and genealogy: Parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Parish History[edit | edit source]

Clerkenwell, parish., Middlesex, within Finsbury parl. bor., London, 380 ac. Clerkenwell, par., Middlesex, within Finsbury parl. bor., London, 380 ac.[1]

'St. James Clerkenwell (1551) was an ancient parish...formerly the [mother] parish of several chapels within its boundaries. It had ..."distinct parochial district[s] attached, and...is subdivided into [several]"'.[2]..chapels. One of the larger ones was St John the Baptist, St John Square, Clerkenwell, which was a chapel of ease within the ancient parish of St James Clerkenwell. It was created as part of the Building Act previous to when it began operation--the year 1723. [3]

The following chapels and chapelries were attached to St James Clerkenwell Parish:

  • Holy Redeemer - 1882
  • St James, Pentonville - 1790
  • St John the Baptist, St. John Sq. - 1723
  • St Mark, Myddleton Sq. - 1834
  • St Mary - dissolved to become St James Clerkenwell
  • St Paul, Pear Tree St, Clerkenwell - 1865
  • St Peter, Smithfield Martyrs Church – 1871
  • St Peters
  • St Philip, Granville Square - 1834
  • St Silas, Penton Street, Pentonville - 1866

Clerkwell had as well a number of nonconformist denominations within its boundary, including meeting-houses for Baptists, Society of Friends, Independents (Congregationlists), and Wesleyan and other Methodists chapels (of which one was St James Spafields New Connecion Methodist and, one of which was a Welsh-speaking chapel). [4]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Clerkenwell St James parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

FS PRs = England, Middlesex, Westminster, Parish Registers, 1538-1912 (FamilySearch) - free
FS = FamilySearch - free
FMP = Middlesex Baptisms (FindMyPast) - ($)
FMP London = Greater London Marriage and Burial Indexes (FindMyPast) - ($)
ANC 1 = London, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 (Ancestry) - ($)
ANC 2 = London, England, Church of England Records (Ancestry) - ($)
ANC Marr = London and Surrey, England, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1597-1921 (Ancestry) - ($)
BOYD = England, Boyd's Marriage Indexes, 1538-1850 (FindMyPast) - free
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[5]
FS Catalog PRs = FamilySearch Catalog Parish registers - free
FS Catalog BTs = FamilySearch Catalog Bishop's transcripts - free
Clerkenwell St James Online Parish Records
Baptisms
Marriages
Burials
Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS PRs 1538-1912
1538-1912
1538-1912
FS 1538-1975
1538-1973
1538-1991
FMP 1543-1876




FMP London

1502-1871
1399-1992
ANC 1 1538-1812
1538-1812
1538-1812
ANC 2 1813-1917
1754-1932
1813-2003
ANC Marr

1597-1921


BOYD

1538-1850


IGI



FS Catalog PRs


FS Catalog BTs


To find the names of the neighboring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851 Map. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.

Records are also available at the London Metropolitan Archives.

Census and Inhabitants Lists[edit | edit source]

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.


1600 Lay Subsidy[edit | edit source]
1666 Hearth Tax[edit | edit source]
1693-1694 Four Shilling in the Pound Aid[edit | edit source]

Probate records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Contributor: Add information about the pertinent poor law unions in the area.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles 1887. Adapted. Date accessed: 27 November 2013.
  2. P.B. Dunn, A Guide to Ancestral Research in London, (BYU Printing Services, 2010).
  3. Samuel Lewis, ed. " Chinley - Chiswick," In A Topographical Dictionary of England 626-632. (London: S. Lewis and Co., 1848). Adapted. Online here.
  4. 'Clearwell - Clerkenwell', A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 626-632. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=50882 Date accessed: 10 February 2012.
  5. ArcherSoftware.co.uk