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St Bride Fleet Street

London St Bride Fleet Street ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page. Guide to parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

St Bride Fleet Street, London
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred London, Without the Walls
County London
Poor Law Union West London
Registration District West London
Records begin
Parish registers: 1587; Separate registers exist for Fleet Prison beginning 1667-1754
Bishop's Transcripts: 1801
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery None
Diocese London
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (London Division)
Location of Archive
London Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

St Bride Fleet Street

"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... "[1]

St Bride Fleet Street belonged to Farringdon Ward Without and Castle Baynard Ward.

Also known as St Bridget Parish.

1848 description

St. Bride is a parish, in the City of London Without the Walls. The patron is the Dean and Chapter of Westminster, the appropriators. It is a part of the West London Union.[2]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Church records[edit | edit source]

St Bride Fleet Street parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

FS = FamilySearch - free
FMP = Greater London Marriage and Burial Indexes (FindMyPast) - ($)[3][4]
FMP Bur = Boyd's London Burials (FindMyPast) - ($)[5]
ANC 1 = London, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 (Ancestry) - ($)[6]
ANC 2 = London, England, Church of England Records (Ancestry) - ($)[7][8][9]
ANC Marr = London and Surrey, England, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1597-1921 (Ancestry) - ($)
ANC Clan = London, England, Clandestine Marriage and Baptism Registers, 1667-1754 (Ancestry) - ($)
BOYD = England, Boyd's Marriage Indexes, 1538-1850 (FindMyPast) - free
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[10]
FS Catalog PRs = FamilySearch Catalog Parish registers - free (some restrictions may apply)
FS Catalog BTs = FamilySearch Catalog Bishop's transcripts - free
St Bride Fleet Street Online Parish Records
Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 1538-1975


ANC 1 1574-1812 1574-1812 1574-1812 1574-1812 1574-1812 1574-1812
ANC 2 1813-1915 1813-1915 1754-1931 1754-1931 1813-1887 1813-1887
ANC Marr


ANC Clan 1667-1754



IGI 1587-1628, 1601-1714, 1629-1653,
1653-1672, 1673-1793, 1709-1832,
1714-1736, 1804-1859, 1862-1874

1519-1909, 1587-1653, 1653-1754,
1714-1735, 1770-1880

FS Catalog PRs
FS Catalog BTs

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

Records are also available at the London Metropolitan Archives.

Census records[edit | edit source]

1541 Subsidy[edit | edit source]

1547 Subsidy[edit | edit source]

  • St Bride, Fleet Street, Farringdon Without Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/145/145); copy: FHL Film 2228700.

1564 Subsidy[edit | edit source]

  • St Bride, Fleet Street, Farringdon Without Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/145/218), Copy: FHL Film 2228700.

1577 Subsidy[edit | edit source]

  • 1576 London Subsidy Roll, St Brides p{ar}ishe at Alan H. Nelson website (The National Archives, Ref: E179/145/252)
  • St Bride, Fleet Street (includes Green's Rents, Bridewell, St Bride, Fleet Street, London churchyard, Salisbury Court, 'Wood Wharf,' Shoe Lane, Bridewell, 'Fleet Yard,' Green's Rents, Bride Lane, Black Horse Alley, Pipinjay Alley, Salisbury Court, Shoe Lane, and 'Catherine Wheel Alley,' Farringdon Without Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/145/252); copy: FHL Film 2228700.

1582 Subsidy[edit | edit source]

1589 Subsidy[edit | edit source]

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FamilySearch Books OnlineFamily History Archives (see page 160)

1622 Subsidy[edit | edit source]

  • St Bride, Fleet Street, Farringdon Without Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/147/505); copy: FHL Film 2228702.

1625 Subsidy[edit | edit source]

  • St Bride, Fleet Street, Farringdon Without Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/147/537); copy: FHL Film 2228703.

1638 Inhabitants List[edit | edit source]

1645 Subsidy[edit | edit source]

  • St Bride, Fleet Street, Farringdon Ward Without, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/147/599); copy: FHL Film 2228704.

1666 Hearth Tax[edit | edit source]

1692-1932 Land Taxes[edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

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.

Probate records[edit | edit source]

Will indexes for probate courts covering St Bride Fleet Street Parish are available online.

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.

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

Cemetery[edit | edit source]

St Bride churchyard
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.[11]

A cemetery survey (1910), available online, covers monumental inscriptions in the St Bride churchyard.[12]

Records of the Poor[edit | edit source]

Contributor: Add information about the pertinent poor law unions in the area.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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

Websites[edit | edit source]

(The London Family History Centre Catalogue is a terrific resource for identifying FamilySearch's London collections).
Wikipedia has more about this subject: St Bride's Church

References[edit | edit source]

  1. James Elmes, A Topographical Dictionary of London and its Environs (London: Whittaker, Treacher and Arnot, 1831). Adapted. Digitised by Google Books.
  2. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England,(1848). Adapted. Date accessed: 19 November 201
  3. Greater London marriage index parish list,, accessed 22 April 2019.
  4. Greater London Burial Index Parish Lists,, accessed 22 April 2019.
  5. Boyd’s London Burials parish list,, accessed 22 April 2019.
  6. London, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812, Ancestry, accessed 22 April 2019.
  7. London, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1917, Ancestry, accessed 22 April 2019.
  8. London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1932, Ancestry, accessed 22 April 2019.
  9. London, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-2003, Ancestry, accessed 22 April 2019.
  10. FamilySearch: a Guide to the British batches (City of London),, accessed 22 April 2019.
  11. 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.
  12. Percy C. Rushden, The Churchyard Inscriptions of the City of London (London: Phillimore and Co., Ltd., 1910). Digitised by Internet Archive.