St Martin in the Fields, Middlesex Genealogy

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St Martin in the Fields, Middlesex family history and genealogy research page. Guide to parish registers (baptisms, christenings, marriages, and burials), civil registration (births, marriages, and deaths), census records, history, wills, cemetery, online transcriptions and indexes, an interactive map and website resources.

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Church records

Online St Martin in the Fields Parish Register Images and Indexes
Images 1681-1926 FindMyPast[1] 1757-1915 FindMyPast[1] 1684-1856 FindMyPast[1]
1799-1811 Ancestry baptisms, marriages, and burials[2]
1813-1856 Ancestry[3] 1800-1834 Ancestry[4] 1813-1855 Ancestry[5]
Indexes 1550-1619 InternetArchive[6] 1550-1619 InternetArchive[6] 1550-1619 InternetArchive[6]
1550-1619 TheGenealogist[7] 1550-1619 TheGenealogist[7] 1550-1619


1550-1877 FamilySearch[8] 1550-1897 FamilySearch[9] 1550-1812 FindMyPast[10]
1681-1926 FindMyPast[1] 1550-1703 FindMyPast[11] 1684-1856 FindMyPast[1]
1757-1915 FindMyPast[1]
1800-1837 Ancestry[12]    

Parish Maps

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.

Online Records

The parish registers of St Martin-in-the-Fields have been indexed and the christening and marriages data are available online at Also, will be posting digital  images of these parish registers with an index for all events including the burials, in the very near future. Pallot's Marriage Index, and Boyd's Marriage Index both provide a considerable portion of the marriages of this celebrated and 'fashionable' Westminster parish. Boyd's Marriage Index is available online at and the (British) Origins Network. Pallot's Marriage Index, can be seen at

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.

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.

Census and Inhabitants Lists

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

1600s-1800 Occupiers of Houses
1666 Hearth Tax
1693-1694 Four Shilling in the Pound Aid

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Middlesex Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.


A 1940 survey of monuments and wall tablets in the crypt is available online.[13]

St Martin in the Fields Churchyard database at Find A Grave.

Poor Law Unions

Before the formation of Poor Law Unions the workhouse for the parish was established. Refer to for history and free online searchable database 1680 - 1820 for the parish records Further description.

On 29th April, 1835, St Martin's became a Poor Law Parish under the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act. Its poor relief activities were then overseen by an elected Board of Guardians, 24 in number.

In 1868, St Martin's parish was incorporated into the Strand Poor Law Union. The St Martin's workhouse was demolished in 1871 to make way for an extension to the National Gallery.

Records are held at :

  •   City of Westminster Archives Centre, 10 St Ann's Street, London SW1P 2DE. Extensive holdings include: Churchwardens' and overseers' minutes (1755-64,1772-1892, indexed 1774-84, 1856-63); List of churchwardens and overseers (1755-1856, indexed); Churchwardens' and overseers' accounts (1598-1844); Lists of the poor in churchwardens' accounts (1741-42,1758-61); Workhouse building minutes (1770-83); Workhouse sub-committee reports (1817-22); Workhouse admission and discharge registers (1725-29, 1741-1846); Workhouse admission registers (1818-33); Workhouse day books including admissions and discharges (1737-1826); Workhouse selling books [forfeits of food in return for day out] (1826-35); Workhouse building accounts (1770-1830); Workhouse accounts (1725-50); List of lunatics in workhouse day book (1744-8); Lists of nurses and children (1762-3,1768-9,1779-95); etc.
  •   London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R OHB. Holdings for St Martin-in-the-Fields workhouse: Admissions and discharges (1824-70); Births and deaths (1848-57); etc. Other holdings: Guardians' minute books (1836-68).

Parish History

'St. Martin's in the Fields the church of, is situated on the northern side of the western extremity of the Strand, and derives its name from being dedicated to St. Martin an Hungarian Saint, who was distinguished for his ferocity against the Arians, and it's addition from its former situation in the fields.

'The original church on this site is of great antiquity, as there are authentic records of the dispute between the abbot of Westminster and the Bishop of London,concerning the exemption of this church from episcopal jurisdiction. At the time of the Reformation the church was in such bad condition that Henry VIII had built a small church at his own expense, which being found not sufficiently capacious, was much enlarged in 1607 at the expense of Prince Henry and some of the nobility. At length after many expensive repairs, that building was taken down in 1721, and the first stone laid shortly after. It was finished, consecrated and opened for divine service in 1726.

'King George I who laid the first stone, gave the workmen a hundred guineas; and when the church was nearly finished he presented the parish with £1500 pounds for an organ.

'This church is remarkably handsome edifice of the Florida Roman or Italian style of architecture,designed by James Gibbs.  The interior is richly ornamented and has a splendid appearance.

'This parish is supposed to have been abstracted from that of St. Margaret, Westminster .The advowson is a vicarage in the county and archdeaconry of Middlesex, in the diocese of London, and in the patronage of the Bishop of London.'[14]

The following churches at some point, stood within the civil parish of St Martin-in-the-Field by act of Parliament:

St. John the Evangelist, Drury La. - 1855
St. Michael, Burleigh St. - 1848
St Martin le Grand, Westminster - pulled down in 1548[15]

Web sites

Wikipedia has more about this subject: St Martin in the Fields


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 'Westminster parish records coverage,' Find My Past, accessed 27 March 2012. Indexed collection.
  2. London, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1812, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as St Martin in the Fields in Westminster Borough. Marriages from 1754 to 1812 are not included in this database. Partially indexed.
  3. London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as Westminster St Martin in the Fields in Westminster Borough. Partially indexed.
  4. London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as Westminster St Martin in the Fields in Westminster Borough. Partially indexed.
  5. London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as St Martin In The Fields in Westminster Borough. Partially indexed.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Thomas Mason, A Register of Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials in the Parish of St. Martin in the Fields, In the County of Middlesex, from 1550 to 1619 (London, 1898). Digital version at InternetArchive.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 'London Parish Record Transcripts,' The Genealogist, accessed 10 March 2012.
  8. Batches C001452, C001453, C001454, C001455, C001456, C001457, C001458, C001459, C037211, C037213, J037212, J037214, K037212, K037214, P001451,see: Hugh Wallis, "IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (N-Z), England," IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 17 March 2012.
  9. Batches M001451, M001452, M001453, M001454, M001455, M001456, M001457, M037215, see: Hugh Wallis, "IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (N-Z), England," IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 17 March 2012.
  10. "Boyd's London Burials Index - places and counts," Find My Past, accessed 8 June 2011. Indexes adult male burials only.
  11. "Boyd's Marriage Index - Parish details by county,", accessed 12 June 2011.
  12. Pallot's Marriage and Birth Indexes, Guide to Parishes (n.p.: n.p., n.d.). FHL British Book 942 V25pm
  13. 'The church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields: Monuments', Survey of London: volume 20: St Martin-in-the-Fields, pt III: Trafalgar Square and Neighbourhood (1940), pp. 31-54. URL: Date accessed: 15 March 2012.
  14. James Elmes, A Topographical Dictionary of London and its Environs (London: Whittaker, Treacher and Arnot, 1831). Adapted. Digitised by Google Books.
  15. Dunn, P.B, Guide to Ancestral Research in London. (Salt Lake City, UT: 2010)