Lambeth St Mary, Surrey Genealogy

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Lambeth St Mary, Surrey family history and genealogy research page. Guide to parish registers (baptisms, christenings, marriages, and burials), civil registration (births, marriages, and deaths), census records, history, wills, cemetery, online transcriptions and indexes, an interactive map and website resources.

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Church records

Online Lambeth St Mary Parish Register Images and Indexes
1539-1812 Ancestry baptisms, marriages, and burials[1]
1813-1906 Ancestry[2] 1754-1921 Ancestry[3] 1813-1928 Ancestry[4]
Indexes 1800-1837 FamilySearch[5]

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

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.

Census records

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Many archives and local history collections in public libraries in England and Wales offer online census searches and also hold microfilm or fiche census returns.

Images of the census for 1841-1911 can be viewed in census collections at Ancestry (fee payable) or Find My Past (fee payable)

The 1851 census of England and Wales attempted to identify religious places of worship in addition to the household survey census returns.

Ancestry UK Census Collection

Find my Past census search 1841-1911

Prior to the 1911 census the household schedule was destroyed and only the enumerator's schedule survives.

The 1911 census of England and Wales was taken on the night of Sunday 2 April 1911 and in addition to households and institutions such as prisons and workhouses, canal boats merchant ships and naval vessels it attempted to include homeless persons. The schedule was completed by an individual and for the first time both this record and the enumerator's schedule were preserved. Two forms of boycott of the census by women are possible due to frustration at government failure to grant women the universal right to vote in parliamentary and local elections. The schedule either records a protest by failure to complete the form in respect of the women in the household or women are absent due to organisation of groups of women staying away from home for the whole night. Research estimates that several thousand women are not found by census search.Find my Past 1911 census search


Pauper apprentices at Holywell. A list of apprentices sent from Surrey to Holywell Wales.  It gives name and age when apprenticed. All were bound for 21 years. Illustrated with two drawings of Cotton Works near Holywell, 1792 and 1796. Article in Journal, Hel Achau, #32, January 1991, pages 24-25. Family History Library Ref. 942.43 D25h

Poor Law Unions

Lambeth Poor Law Union

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.


Lambeth St Mary Churchyard database at Find A Grave. (73+ entries)

Parish History

'LAMBETH St Mary, a parish, and newly-enfranchised borough, in the E. division of the hundred of Brixton and of the county of Surrey and annexed to Lambeth Palace. The church, is from the latter part of the 14th century. There is a burial-ground in High-street that was consecrated in 1705.

Within this populous parish were numerous chapels and churches. Mentioned below are some of these.

Four district churches were erected in the parish [by] 1824, by aid of the Parliamentary Commissioners. These were St John's, in the Waterloo-roadSt Mark's at Kennington, St Matthew's at Brixton-Causeway, and St Luke's at Norwood. Additional, later churches included St Mary the Less, Norwood in 1842, St Mary's district church, Lambeth-Butts, erected in 1828, Holy Trinity, was erected in 1839, the York-street, Waterloo district church,  May, 1844, All Saints' district church, in the New-Cut, was consecrated in 1847South Lambeth Episcopal Chapel, Lawn-place, was erected in 1794; two'church districts, named respectivelyLambeth St Thomas's andSt Andrew's, were formed in 1846. Other incumbencies [chapels] are noticed under the heads of Brixton, Kennington, and Stockwell[which see]. For a list of all known chapels and district churches pertaining to this ancient parish, see the Comprehensive List of Chapels and District Churches within St Mary Lambeth Civil Parish.

Nonconformist churches included the Westminster Road Roman Catholic chapel, St George's, of which the foundation-stone was laid in April, 1840. There are places of worship for Baptists, Wesleyan Methodists, Welsh Methodists, Independents, Unitarians, and others.

Beyond the (Archibishop of Canterbury's) Palace library is also Lambeth Palace Chapel.

The Asylum for Female Orphans, and for the reception of deserted females the settlement of whose parents cannot be found, was instituted in 1758, and incorporated in 1800, in which is a chapel.

The General Lying-in Hospital, for the reception of patients from any part of the kingdom, and for the delivery of out-patients at their own habitations in the metropolis and its environs, was instituted in 1765, and incorporated in 1830.'[6]

Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Lambeth at St Mary's


  1. London, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1812, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as St Mary at Lambeth in Lambeth Borough. Marriages from 1754 to 1812 are not included in this database. Partially indexed.
  2. London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as Lambeth St Mary in Lambeth Borough. Partially indexed.
  3. London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as Lambeth St Mary in Lambeth Borough. Partially indexed.
  4. London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as Lambeth St Mary in Lambeth Borough. Partially indexed.
  5. Batches P006281-P006282, see: Hugh Wallis, "IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (A-M), England," IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 17 March 2012.
  6. Samuel A. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 1-6. URL: Date accessed: 14 April 2011.