Southwark St Saviour, Surrey Genealogy, England

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For a list of all pre-1900 parishes, district churches and chapelries in Southwark, see the bottom of "Parish History" below.
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Parish History

'SOUTHWARK St Saviour Cathedral is an ancient parish and has registers commencing from the year 1538, is the principal church of these five ancient parishes in this metropolitan borough. The borough lies on the south side of the River Thames, opposite the City of London; attached with the city by the London, Southwark, and Blackfriars bridges;

'The five ancient parishes of Southwark include  St Saviour, St Olave, St George the Martyr , Christ Church, and St Thomas.

The ecclesiastical arrangement for Southwark included also the following chapelries:

  • All Hallow, Copperfield St - 1875
  • St Alphege - 1872
  • St Jude - 1850
  • St Mary Magdalen - 1843
  • St Michael - 1867
  • St Paul Westminster Road.- 1858
  • St Peter - 1846
  • St Stephen - 1850
  • St Thomas Hospital Chapel - 1690
  • Wilberforce Mission Church -

The places of worship within the new borough, which includes the parish incumbencies of Horsley-Down, Bermondsey, and Rotherhithe. Included in the borough are the following Nonconformist churches: 

  • English Presbyterian Church - 1
  • Independents - 1
  • Baptists - 15
  • Quakers - 1
  • Unitarians - 1 
  • Wesleyan Methodists - 7
  • Primitive Methodists - 1
  • Wesleyan Association - 3
  • Wesleyan Reformers - 1
  • Welsh Calvinistic Methodists - 1
  • Roman Catholics -3 

There were four additional unspecified dissenting chapels in the borough as well.[1]


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. Southwark was comprised of, as of the year 1870, three registration districts ('St Saviour, St Olave, and St George).

Church records

Online Southwark St Saviour Parish Register Images and Indexes
1538-1812 Ancestry baptisms, marriages, and burials[2]
1813-1904 Ancestry[3] 1754-1921 Ancestry[4] 1813-1854 Ancestry[5]
Indexes 1759-1835 FamilySearch[6] 1605-1625 FindMyPast[7]
1759-1835 FamilySearch[8]
1782-1837 Ancestry[9]
  • 1605-1625 - Greenstreet, James. "Marriages at St. Saviour's, Southwark, from A.D. 1605 to A.D. 1625," The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, 1611-1613: Vol. 27, No. 1 (Jan. 1896):47-49; 1613-1614: Vol. 29, No. 3 (Jul. 1898):171-173. Digital version at New York Family History ($); FHL Book 974.7 B2n v. 27, 29. Internet Archive has digitized Vol. 27 and Vol. 29 - free.

St Saviour Workhouse Baptisms 1848-1875 C058411

To find the names of the neighbouring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.

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

Non Conformist Churches

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.


Southwark Cathedral database at Find A Grave. (47+ entries)

Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites

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  1. John Marius Wilson,Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales(1870)
  2. London, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1812, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as St Saviour in Southwark Borough and St Saviour, Denmark Park in Southwark Borough. Marriages from 1754 to 1812 are not included in this database. Partially indexed.
  3. London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as Southwark St Saviour in Southwark Borough and St Saviour in Southwark Borough. Partially indexed.
  4. London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as Southwark St Saviour in Southwark Borough. Partially indexed.
  5. London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as Southwark St Saviour in Southwark Borough. Partially indexed.
  6. Batches C055181, C055182, C055183, see: Hugh Wallis, "IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (N-Z), England," IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 17 March 2012.
  7. 'Boyd's Marriage Index - Parish details by county,' (WayBack Machine), accessed 27 March 2012.
  8. Batch M055181, see: Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Surrey, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 2 April 2012.
  9. Pallot's Marriage and Birth Indexes, Guide to Parishes (n.p.: n.p., n.d.). FHL British Book 942 V25pm