St Mary Abchurch with St Lawrence Pountney, London Genealogy

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Parish History

"St Mary Abchurch with St Lawrence Pountney, the church of, situated near the south end of Abchurch Lane, Cannon Street, and derives its name and addition, from having been dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and Ab or Up church, from its greater elevation than most of its neighbourhood. A church, similarly dedicated, stood upon this site in very early times, for we find that in 1448, the patronage of it was in the Prior and Canons of St Mary Overy, but falling to the crown in the reign of Elizabeth, her majesty granted the perpetual advowson to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge...

"The ancient church was destroyed by the great fire in 1666, and the present edifice erected shortly afterwards by Sir Christopher Wren. The parish of St Lawrence Pountney was united to this parish after the fire, and the church of that small parish was consequently not rebuilt.

"The church is a rectory, in the city, diocese and archdeaconry of London, and in the patronage of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge."[1]


St. Mary Abchurch Parish was a part of Candlewick Ward and/or Walbrook Ward.

Resources

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

St Lawrence Pountney Parish

Online St Lawrence Pountney Parish Register Images and Indexes
 
Baptisms
Marriages
Burials
Earliest
1538
1538
1538
Images
1538-1739 Ancestry baptisms, marriages, and burials[2]
Indexes 1538-1739 FamilySearch[3] 1538-1666
1737-1812
FamilySearch[4] 1539-1784 findmypast[5]
    1538-1837 findmypast[6] 1813-1850 findmypast[7]
    1800-1837 Ancestry[8] 1813-1850 findmypast[9]

St Mary Abchurch Parish

Online St Mary Abchurch Parish Register Images and Indexes
 
Baptisms
Marriages
Burials
Earliest
1558
1558
1558
Images
1558-1812 Ancestry baptisms, marriages, and burials
1813-1906 Ancestry[10] 1754-1921 Ancestry[11] 1813-1850 Ancestry[12]
Indexes 1558-1812 FamilySearch[13] 1558-1837 FamilySearch[14] 1558-1803 findmypast
    1558-1837 findmypast 1813-1851 findmypast
    1800-1837 Ancestry 1813-1851 findmypast

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

1582 Subsidy

1625 Subsidy

  • St Lawrence Pountney, Candlewick Street Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/147/512); copy: FHL Film 2228703.
  • St Mary, Abchurch, Candlewick Street Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/147/512); copy: FHL Film 2228703.

1628 Subsidy

  • St Lawrence Pountney, Dowgate Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/147/560); copy: FHL Film 2228704.
  • St Mary, Abchurch, Walbrook Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/147/564); copy: FHL Film 2228704.

1638 Inhabitants List

1645 Subsidy

  • St Lawrence Pountney, Dowgate Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/147/589); copy: FHL Film 2228704.

1645-1646 Subsidy

  • St Mary Abchurch, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/147/590 Part 15); copy: FHL Film 2228704.

Contributor: Include an overview if there is any unique information, such as the census for X year was destroyed. Add a link to online sites for indexes and/or images. Also add a link to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection.

Probate records

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

Before 1858, St Lawrence Pountney fell under the jurisdiction of the Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London. St Mary Abchurch fell under the jurisdiction of the Court of the Archdeaconry of London. In practice, many St Mary Abchurch residents left their wills in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury from the 1700s through 1858.[15] 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.

Cemetery

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Transcripts of early St Mary Abchurch with St Lawrence Pountney, 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.[16]

A cemetery survey (1910), available online, covers monumental inscriptions in the St Lawrence Pountney churchyard.[17]

Poor Law Unions

During the seventeenth century, foundlings discovered in St Mary Abchurch Parish often received the unique surname Abchurch.

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

Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: St Mary Abchurch
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Wikipedia has more about this subject: St Lawrence Pountney

References

  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 Lawrence Pountney in the City of London | St Mary Abchurch in the City of London. Marriages from 1754 to 1812 are not included in this database. Partially indexed.
  3. Batch C021632, see: Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (A-M), England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 31 October 2011. Indexes parish registers.
  4. Batch M021631, see: Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (A-M), England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 8 June 2011. Indexes parish registers.
  5. 'Boyd's London Burial Index - places and counts,' Find My Past, accessed 31 October 2011.
  6. '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
  7. John Hanson, 'City of London Burials,' Find My Past, accessed 8 June 2011.
  8. Pallot's Marriage and Birth Indexes, Guide to Parishes (n.p.: n.p., n.d.). FHL British Book 942 V25pm
  9. 'Greater London Burials: Middlesex and City of London Burials: Parishes, Counts and References,' (Wayback Machine) British Origins (£), accessed 4 April 2013.
  10. London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Described as St Mary Abchurch in the City of London. Partially indexed.
  11. London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Described as St Mary Abchurch in the City of London. Partially indexed.
  12. London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Described as St Mary Abchurch in the City of London. Partially indexed.
  13. Batch C045891, see: Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (A-M), England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 8 June 2011. Indexes parish register transcripts.
  14. Batches M001511, M045891, see: Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (A-M), England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 8 June 2011. Indexes parish register transcripts.
  15. "About Archdeaconry Court of London Wills Index 1750-1800", British Origins, accessed 23 December 2011.
  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. Percy C. Rushden, The Churchyard Inscriptions of the City of London (London: Phillimore and Co., Ltd., 1910). Digitised by Internet Archive.