St Bride Fleet Street, London Genealogy
- 1 Parish History
- 2 Resources
- 3 Maps and Gazetteers
- 4 Web sites
- 5 References
"St Bride's [sometimes called St Bridget's], Fleet Street, the church of, situated to the southward of the above described Avenue, and is bounded by the Avenue on the north; St Bride's Passage, Salisbury Square, on the west; Bride Lane on the east, and the backs of the houses of Bell's Buildings on the south. This church is a fabric of great strength and beauty, and forms one of the most striking features of the metropolis. Its interior is spacious, commodious and elegant, being 111 feet in length, 57 in breadth, and 41 in height; is remarkably well pewed, with moulded wainscot, and is composed of a lofty nave, covered with a vaulted ceiling, and aisles separated by coupled columns of the Doric order. The old church was so much damaged by the fire 1666, that it was taken down and entirely rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren, who completed it for divine services in 1680, and further embellished it in 1699. The tower and steeple were begun in October 1701, and completed in 1703. The church has since that time undergone several expensive repairs, and has been recently restored and beautified in a manner deserving its great reputation, and creditable to the munificence of the parishioners. This church appears to be of considerable antiquity, as there are records of three rectors previous to 1362. It was a very small building, till about 1480, when it was greatly enlarged by William Venor, who erected a spacious fabric at its west end, which consisted of a native and to aisles, to which the ancient church served as a choir. In 1610, the Earl of Dorset gave a large piece of ground on the west side of Fleet Ditch, for a new burial ground, and it was consecrated the second of August of that year by Dr. George Abbott, Bishop of London. The cemetery, which is behind the Westside of Farringdon Street, is still used for that purpose. It was originally a rectory in the patronage of the Abbott and and convent of Westminster and is supposed to have been converted into a vicarage about the year 1529. When Henry VIII dissolved the convent of Westminster and formed into a bishoprick this church was conferred upon the new Bishop, and restored to the Abbott by his daughter Mary, but on the restoration of the deanery plate Edward IV, the patronage was granted to the Dean and Chapter... "
Also known as St Bridget Parish.
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.
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, nonconformist 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.
- 1541 London Subsidy Roll, Farringdon Ward Without - Saynt Brydes Parysshe, courtesy: British History Online
- 1582 London Subsidy Roll, Farringdon Ward Without - St Brides Parishe, courtesy: British History Online
- St Bride, Fleet Street, Farringdon Without Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/147/537); copy: FHL Film 2228703.
1638 Inhabitants List
- St Bride, Fleet Street, Farringdon Ward Without, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/147/599); copy: FHL Film 2228704.
1666 Hearth Tax
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Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish.
Before 1858, St Bride Fleet Street, London Genealogy fell under the jurisdiction of the Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London. 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.
Transcripts of early St Bride Fleet Street, London Genealogy tombs found in the interior of the church 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.
Poor Law Unions
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Maps and Gazetteers
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- London Family History Centre Catalogue
- St Bride's Fleet Street (official website). Photographs, history (including Colonial American connections), visitor directions.
- Society of Genealogists Library Catalogue (to narrow results, conduct a subject search for 'London St Bride')
- 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.
- London, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1812, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Described as St Bride's, Fleet Street in the City of London. Marriages from 1754 to 1812 are not included in this database. Partially indexed.
- London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Described as St Bride Fleet Street in the City of London. Partially indexed.
- London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Described as St Bride Fleet Street in the City of London. Partially indexed.
- London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Described as St Bride Fleet Street in the City of London. Partially indexed.
- Batches C022421, C022422, C022423, C022424, C022425, C022426, C022427, see: Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (A-M), England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 8 June 2011.
- Batches M022421, M022422, M022423, M022424, see: Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (A-M), England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 8 June 2011.
- 'Boyd's London Burials Index - places and counts,' Find My Past, accessed 8 June 2011. Indexes adult male burials only.
- 'Boyd's Marriage Index - Parish details by county,' Origins.net, 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
- John Hanson, 'City of London Burials,' Find My Past, accessed 8 June 2011.
- 'Webb's London Marriages - Marriages, periods and parishes/churches,' (Wayback Machine) British Origins, accessed 4 July 2011.
- Pallot's Marriage and Birth Indexes, Guide to Parishes (n.p.: n.p., n.d.). FHL British Book 942 V25pm
- 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.
- Percy C. Rushden, The Churchyard Inscriptions of the City of London (London: Phillimore and Co., Ltd., 1910). Digitised by Internet Archive.