Rotherhithe St Mary, Surrey Genealogy

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Here is a Comprehensive List of Chapels and District Churches within Rotherhithe St Mary.


Parish History

ROTHERHITHE St Mary, a parish, in the E. division of the hundred of Brixton and of the county of Surrey, 1 mile southeast of London. This place, corruptly called Redriff, was anciently a village and marsh south-eastward of London

The location of Rotherhithe, on the river, attracted merchant maritime seamen, watermen and others, to reside here; and its inhabitants are now almost exclusively engaged in pursuits connected with shipping, dockyards, shipmasters, shipbuilding (especially) East India ships and small merchant-vessels; also some boat and lighter builders' wharfs, and numerous warehouses for rigging and victualling the navy. 

The present parochial church was erected in 1715 and has a churchyard. Additionally, there are three district churches built including the church of the Holy Trinity, Trinity Street (1838); Christ Church, erected in Paradise Row dedicated to All Saints, situated on the lower Deptford Road consecrated June, 1840. An Episcopal floating chapel is maintained for the use of seamen.

There are places of worship for Baptists, Independents, and Wesleyan Methodists.[1]

  • Beck, Edward Josselyn. Memorials to Serve for a History of the Parish of St Mary, Rotherhithe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1907. Digital version at Google Books.


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

Online Rotherhithe St Mary Parish Register Images and Indexes
1556-1812 Ancestry baptisms, marriages, and burials[2]
1813-1906 Ancestry[3] 1754-1921 Ancestry[4] 1813-1949 Ancestry[5]
Indexes 1783-1785
FamilySearch[6] 1834-1870 DocklandsAncestors[7] 1834-1870 DocklandsAncestors[7]
1834-1870 DocklandsAncestors[7] 1805-1837 Ancestry[8]

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

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.

Maps and Gazetteers

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Web sites

Wikipedia has more about this subject: St Mary's Church, Rotherhithe
  • St Mary's Rotherhithe (official website). Rotherhithe history, history of the Pilgrim Fathers, photographs, visitor directions, service times.


  1. Samuel A. Lewis. A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 697-703. Adapted. Date accessed: 22 March 2012.
  2. London, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1812, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as St Mary, Rotherhithe in Southwark Borough. Marriages from 1754 to 1812 are not included in this database. Partially indexed.
  3. London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as Rotherhithe St Mary in Southwark Borough. Partially indexed.
  4. London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as Rotherhithe St Mary in Southwark Borough. Partially indexed.
  5. London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as Rotherhithe St Mary in Southwark Borough. Partially indexed.
  6. Batches C006251, C006252, C006253, C006254, see: Hugh Wallis, "IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (N-Z), England," IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 17 March 2012.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 'Online Parish Register Search,', accessed 12 March 2012.
  8. Pallot's Marriage and Birth Indexes, Guide to Parishes (n.p.: n.p., n.d.). FHL British Book 942 V25pm