Horsleydown St John, Surrey Genealogy

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Parish History

HORSLEYDOWN, a parish and a sub-district in Southwark-St. Olave district, Surrey. The parish forms part of the metropolis; lies on the Thames below London bridge, near London bridge r. station; and has a postal pillar box under London, SE. It was separated from St. Olave in 1732; it bears the name of H. ST. John; and it includes a chapelry constituted in 1844, and called H. ST. Mark. Acres, 69 of land, and 25 of water. Real property, £49, 380. Pop. in 1861, 11, 393. Houses, 1, 445. Pop. of the part within H. St. Mark, 2, 920. Houses, 369. The living of St. John is a rectory, and that of St. Mark is a p. curacy, in the diocese of Winchester. Value of St. J., £350; of St. M., £130. Patron, of St. J., the Lord Chancellor; of St. M., alternately the Crown and the Bishop. The church of St. John was one of fifty new churches built about 1732; and it has the remarkable feature of a spire surmounted by an Ionic column. The district workhouse is here; and, at the census of 1861, had 327 inmates.-The subdistrict is conterminate with the parish.

(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

The district church or chapel of St Mark was built in the year 1844, taken from a portion of St John Horsleydown Parish (which see).


Civil Registration

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Church records

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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 Surrey 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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