Bethnal Green St John, Middlesex Genealogy

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Parish History

The East End of London experienced a huge increase in its population after the Battle of Waterloo and the Commission for New Churches responded with a flurry of church building. The commissioners appointed the eminent architect Sir John Soane (1753-1837), designer of the Dulwich College Art Gallery, to draw up plans for St John on Bethnal Green, the third of his three London churches. The foundation stone was laid on 6 June, 1826.

St John's was consecrated by the Bishop of London on 16 October 1828"..."by grant from the Parliamentary Commissioners, at an expense of £17,638, and is a handsome edifice of stock brick with detailing in Bath stone and Portland stone, in the Grecian style, with a tower surmounted by a cupola. The church, especially the vestibule, staircases and crypt, are fine examples of Soane's restrained and elegant style. The living is a perpetual curacy, with a net income of £190, in the gift of the Bishop.

See St Matthew Bethnal Bethnal Green.


Civil Registration

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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.

Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts, non conformist and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. Add the contact information for the office holding the original records. Add links to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection

Census records

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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.

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