St Andrew Undershaft with St Mary Axe, London Genealogy

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Parish History

"St Andrew, Undershaft, then church of, is situated at the southeast corner of the street called St Mary Axe and Leaden Hall Street. There was a church on this site dedicated to the same site as early as the year 1362, which was pulled down in 1532, and the present church erected in its room, at the expense of William Fitz Williams, who was sheriff in 1507. It derives its name of Undershaft from a very lofty Maypole, anciently called a shaft, which was annually raised in the street near to it on Mayday, and was higher than the steeple. The church is a plain Gothic structure with a well lighted body, and the square tower, with pinnacles at the angles, and a campanile with six bells within them. It is a rectory, in the gift of the Bishop of London, and is celebrated as containing the monument raised in memory of the faithful and able historiographer of the city, John Stowe..."[1]

St Andrew Undershaft belonged to Aldgate Ward and/or Bishopsgate Ward. St Mary Axe belonged to Bishopsgate Ward.


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 St Andrew Undershaft with St Mary Axe Parish Register Images and Indexes
1558-1812 Ancestry baptisms, marriages, and burials[2]
1813-1903 Ancestry[3] 1754-1920 Ancestry[4] 1813-1849 Ancestry[5]
Indexes 1558-1770 FamilySearch[6] 1558-1837 findmypast[7] 1808-1849 findmypast[8]
    1776-1800 findmypast[9] 1808-1849 findmypast[10]
    1780-1837 Ancestry[11]    

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.


1541 Subsidy
1582 Subsidy
1589 Subsidy
1638 Inhabitants List
1666 Hearth Tax

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Probate records

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

Before 1858, St Andrew Undershaft with St Mary Axe, London Genealogy fell under the jurisdiction of the Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London.

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.

From 1858 to the present, refer to the Principal Probate Registry.



Transcripts of early St Andrew Undershaft with St Mary Axe, London Genealogy tombs found in the interior of the churches were published in Catalogue of the most Memorable Persons who had visible Tombs, plated Gravestones ... in the City of London (through) A.D. 1700, which is available online.[12]

A cemetery survey (1910), available online, covers monumental inscriptions in the St Andrew Undershaft churchyard.[13]

Poor Law Unions

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Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites

Wikipedia has more about this subject: St Mary Axe
Wikipedia has more about this subject: St Andrew Undershaft


  1. James Elmes, M.R. I. A., Architect, A Topographical Dictionary of London and its Envirions (London: Whittaker, Treacher and Arnot, 1831). Adapted. Digital version: Google Books.
  2. London, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1812, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Described as St Andrew Undershaft in the City of London. 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 St Andrew Undershaft in the City of London. Partially indexed.
  4. London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Described as St Andrew Undershaft in the City of London. Partially indexed.
  5. London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Described as St Andrew Undershaft in the City of London. Partially indexed.
  6. Batches C004962, P004961, see: Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (A-M), England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 8 June 2011.
  7. 'Boyd's Marriage Index - Parish details by county,', accessed 12 June 2011; Percival Boyd, A List of Parishes in Boyd's Marriage Index (London: Society of Genealogists Enterprises Ltd., 1994). FHL Book 942 K22L 1994
  8. John Hanson, 'City of London Burials,' Find My Past, accessed 8 June 2011.
  9. 'Webb's London Marriages - Marriages, periods and parishes/churches,' (Wayback Machine) British Origins, accessed 4 July 2011.
  10. 'Greater London Burials: Middlesex and City of London Burials: Parishes, Counts and References,' (Wayback Machine) British Origins, accessed 4 April 2013.
  11. Pallot's Marriage and Birth Indexes, Guide to Parishes (n.p.: n.p., n.d.). FHL British Book 942 V25pm
  12. Payne Fisher and G. Blacker Morgan, Catalogue of the Tombs in the Churches of the City of London, A.D. 1666 (1668; reprint, London: Hasell, Watson, Viney, Ld., 1885). Digitised by Internet Archive.
  13. Percy C. Rushden, The Churchyard Inscriptions of the City of London (London: Phillimore and Co., Ltd., 1910). Digitised by Internet Archive.