Precinct of St Katherine by Tower, Middlesex Genealogy

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Parish History

The Precinct of St Katherine's-by-the-Tower incorporates most of the Tower of London, The Royal Hospital, its chapel (by that name), grounds and associated buildings.

The Tower of London was a clandestine place of marriage in early modern London.[1]

Nichols' history of St Katherine near the Tower of London (published 1824) is available online.[2]

The creation of St Katherine's Dock in 1825 drastically decreased the population of this parish.[3]

Lea's history of St Katherine near the Tower (published 1878) is available online.[4]


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.

Church records

Batch P001441 (baptisms 1584-1695, inactive 11/2/2012).

Batch M001441 (marriages 1584-1725, inactive 21/2/2012).

Ancestry's Middlesex, England, Extracted Parish Registers includes St Katherine by the Tower's Parish Registers 1584-1726.

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 and Inhabitants Lists

1666 Hearth Tax
1693-1694 Four Shilling in the Pound Aid

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish.

Before 1858, Precinct of St Katherine by Tower, Middlesex Genealogy fell under the jurisdiction of the Royal Peculiar Court of St Katherine's by the Tower. From 1858 to the present, refer to the Principal Probate Registry.

Go to London Probate Records to find the names of the courts having secondary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.


A survey of monumental brasses, published 1891, is available online.[5]

Maps and Gazetteers

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  1. Else Churchill, "Stuck in London: resources at the SOG and elsewhere." Presentation, Society of Genealogists, 2011. Slides available online.
  2. J.B. Nichols, Account of the Royal Hospital and Collegiate Church of Saint Katharine, Near the Tower of London (London: John Nichols and Son, 1824). Digitized by Google Books.
  3. Cliff Webb, My Ancestors were Londoners: A Guide to London Sources for Family Historians (London: Society of Genealogists, 2009), 18.
  4. Frederic Simcox Lea, The Royal Hospital and Collegiate Church of Saint Katherine near the Tower in Its Relation to the East of London (London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1878). Digitized by Google Books.
  5. Andrew Oliver, A List of Monumental Brasses in the City of London Churches (1891). Digitized by Internet Archive.