St Mary Aldermanbury, London Genealogy

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Parish History

"St Mary Aldermanbury, the church of, is situated on the west side of the street so called, between Love Lane and Addle Street, Wood Street, Cheapside. It derives its name from its dedication to the Virgin Mary, and its addition from its situation. This church is of very ancient date, as appears from a sepulchral inscription, recorded to have been in the old church, bearing the date of 1116. The patronage was formerly in the Dean and Chapter of St Paul's, who in 1331, with the consent of Stephen, Bishop of London, appropriated it to the adjoining hospital of Elsing Spital. After the dissolution of the religious houses, the patronage was granted to the parishioners, who have ever since enjoyed the right of presentation.

"It is a curacy in the city, diocese and archdeaconry of London, and in the patronage of the parishioners."[1]

The church building was bombed during World War II. "It was re-erected in 1969 in the United States of America at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri."[2]

The parish was also known as St Mary the Virgin Aldermanbury Parish.


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

Pallot: 1780-1836

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

1666 Hearth Tax

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Probate records

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

Before 1858, St Mary Aldermanbury, London Genealogy fell under the jurisdiction of the Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London.

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.

From 1858 to the present, refer to the Principal Probate Registry.


Transcripts of early St Mary Aldermanbury, London Genealogy tombs found in the interior of the {{{1}}} 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.[3]

Poor Law Unions

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Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites

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  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. "Site of St. Mary the Virgin," Friends of The City Churches, accessed 18 October 2011.
  3. 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.