Clerkenwell St James, Middlesex Genealogy

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England  Gotoarrow.png  Middlesex Gotoarrow.png Clerkenwell St James

Parish History

The [church] of St. James...formerly [one of the two of] the only churches, [has]...a distinct parochial district attached, subdivided into three parts, viz., the district of St. James', of St. Mark's, and of St. Philip's. The living of St. James' is a perpetual curacy, with Pentonville chapel; net income, £712; patrons, the Inhabitants of Clerkenwell generally, paying church and poor's rates. The church is a substantial structure of brick with a handsome stone steeple, erected between the years 1788 and 1792, on the site of the ancient church of the priory of St. Mary, which had been previously modernised, and which, at the time of its being taken down for the erection of the present edifice, retained many vestiges of its Norman character, and contained the ashes of the last prioress of the nunnery; the last prior of St. John's; Weever, the antiquary; Bishop Burnet; and many other distinguished characters. This conventual church, on being made parochial, at the time of the dissolution of the priory, was dedicated anew to St. James the Less.

(From: A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 626-632. Their website is here.)


Civil Registration

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Church records

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Probate records

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