St Helen Bishopsgate, London Genealogy

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St Helen Bishopsgate

Church records

Online St Helen Bishopgate Parish Register Images and Indexes
1575-1813 Ancestry baptisms, marriages, and burials[1]
1813-1906 Ancestry[2] 1754-1870 Ancestry[3] 1813-1851 Ancestry[4]
Indexes 1575-1837
FamilySearch[5] 1575-1870 FamilySearch[6] 1264-1837 findmypast[7]
1575-1837 TheGenealogist[8] 1575-1837 findmypast[9] 1575-1837 TheGenealogist[8]
1575-1837 InternetArchive[10] 1575-1837 InternetArchive[10] 1575-1837 InternetArchive[10]
1575-1837 FreeReg[11] 1575-1837 FreeReg[11] 1575-1837 FreeReg[11]
    1780-1837 Ancestry[12] 1754-1853 findmypast[13]
        1813-1853 findmypast[14]

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.

Census records

1541 Subsidy

1547 Subsidy

  • St Helen, Bishopsgate Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/145/139); copy: FHL Film 2228700.

1582 Subsidy

1625 Subsidy

  • St Helen, Bishopsgate Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/147/511); copy: FHL Film 2228703.

1638 Inhabitants List

1666 Hearth Tax

1695 Inhabitants Lists

1801 Census

The 1801 Census exists.[15]

1821 Census

The 1821 Census exists.[15]

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.

Probate records

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

Before 1858, St Helen Bishopsgate, London Genealogy fell under the jurisdiction of the Court of the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of St Paul's Cathedral. 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 Helen Bishopsgate, 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.[16]

A survey of monumental brasses, published 1891, is available online - free.[17]

A cemetery survey (1910), available online, covers monumental inscriptions in the St Helen Bishopsgate churchyard.[18]

A 1924 survey of (1) monuments within the church, (2) floor slabs within the church, (3) monuments in the churchyard, and (4) monuments now disappeared, is available online - free. Brass rubbings and monument sketches are also included.[19]

St Helen Bishopsgate Churchyard database at Find A Grave. (15+ entries)

Records of the Poor

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

Parish History


  • 1100s - first mentioned
  • 1992-1993 - church badly damaged by IRA bombs; later fully restored

1831 description

"St Helen Bishopsgate, the church of, is situated nearly in the middle of great St. Helens. It derives its name from its being dedicated to St. Helen's, the mother of Constantine the great, and escaped the great fire in 1666. You prepared and the new tower built in 1669, and contains many curious monuments among which is that of Francis Bancroft, who founded the alms houses called after his name. The patronage of his church appears to have been very anciently in lay hands, for in the reign of Henry the second, Randolph and his son, Robert, granted it to the dean and chapter of St. Paul's, by whom it was afterwards granted to William Fitzwilliam, who, in 1212 founded the priory of St. Helen, and conferred advowson of the church on prior S. and nuns, in whom it continued till the suppression of their convent in 1539 when it devoled to the crown. In 1551, Edward VI granted it to Ridley, Bishop of London and his successors, which was confirmed by Queen Mary, in 1553; but it appears to have again reverted to the crown; for in 1568, Queen Elizabeth granted it, by lease to Caesar Aldermary Thomas Colcel in trust for the parishioners, for a term of 21 years. This church is a vicarage, in the archdeaconry of London..."[20]

St Helen Bishopgate belonged to Bishopsgate Ward.

Maps and Gazetteers

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


  1. London, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1812, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Described as St Helens, Bishopsgate in the City of London. Marriages from 1754 to 1812 are not included in this database. Partially indexed.
  2. London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Described as St Helen Bishopgate in the City of London. Partially indexed.
  3. London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Described as St Helen Bishopgate in the City of London. Partially indexed.
  4. London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Described as St Helen Bishopgate in the City of London. Partially indexed.
  5. Batches C001422, P001421, see: Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (A-M), England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 8 June 2011.
  6. Batch M001421 (inactive 21/02/2012), see: Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (A-M), England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 8 June 2011. Indexes parish register transcripts (1575-1837) and parish registers (1837-1870).
  7. 'Boyd's London Burials Index - places and counts,' Find My Past, accessed 8 June 2011. Indexes adult male burials only.
  8. 8.0 8.1 'London Parish Register Transcripts,' The Genealogist, accessed 9 January 2012.
  9. '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
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 W. Bruce Bannerman, The Registers of St. Helen's Bishopgate, London (1904).
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Middlesex and London Coverage, FreeReg, accessed 6 November 2012.
  12. Pallot's Marriage and Birth Indexes, Guide to Parishes (n.p.: n.p., n.d.). FHL British Book 942 V25pm
  13. John Hanson, 'City of London Burials,' Find My Past, accessed 8 June 2011.
  14. 'Greater London Burials: Middlesex and City of London Burials: Parishes, Counts and References,' (Wayback Machine) British Origins (£), accessed 4 April 2013.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Colin R. Chapman, Pre-1841 Censuses and Population Listings in the British Isles, 5th ed. (Dursley, U.K.: Lochin Publising, 2002), 66, 71.
  16. 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.
  17. Andrew Oliver, A List of Monumental Brasses in the City of London Churches (1891). Digitized by Internet Archive.
  18. Percy C. Rushden, The Churchyard Inscriptions of the City of London (London: Phillimore and Co., Ltd., 1910). Digitised by Internet Archive.
  19. 'St. Helen's Bishopsgate: Monuments within the church', Survey of London: volume 9: The parish of St Helen, Bishopsgate, part I (1924), pp. 52-79. URL: Date accessed: 15 March 2012.
  20. James Elmes, A Topographical Dictionary of London and its Environs (London: Whittaker, Treacher and Arnot, 1831). Adapted. Digitised by Google Books.