St Mary Woolnoth with St Mary Woolchurch Haw, London Genealogy

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Parish History

"St Mary Woolnoth with St Mary Woolchurch Haw, the church of, stands at the northeast corner of Sherbourne Lane, Lombard Street. Its addition of Woolnoth is derived from being neath (since, by corruption, noth) or nigh to the Woolstaple. The ancient church was of some antiquity, as John de Norton is mentioned as being rector in 1335. From various circumstances, suchas the discovery of tusks and bones of animanls, remains of tesselated pavements, metal vessels, part of an aquaduct, and other Roman exviae, it has been surmised, that an ancient temple, probably that of Concord, stood upon its site. It was damaged at the time of the great fire of 1666, and was sufficiently repaired to last until the act passed in Queen Anne's reign to build fifty new churches, when the old church was taken down, and the present handsome substantial edifice built in its stead. The united parishes are a rectory in the city, diocese and archdeaconry of London and in the patronage of the King, and J. Thornton, alternately."[1]

St Mary Woolchurch Haw Parish was part of Walbrook Ward, while St Mary Woolnoth Parish was part of Langbourn Ward.


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

  • Brooke, James Mark Saurin and A.W. Cornelius Hallen. The Transcript of the Registers of the United Parishes of S. Mary Woolnoth and S. Mary Woolchurch Haw, in the City of London, from Their Commencement 1538 to 1760. To which is Prefixed a Short Account of Both Parishes, List of Rectors and Churchwardens, Chantries, &c. Together with Some Interesting Extracts from the Churchwardens' Accounts. London: Bowles & Sons, 1886. Digital versions at Google Books; Internet Archive; another Internet Archive copy; another Internet Archive copy; TheGenealogist ($).

Pallot: 1800-1837

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.

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Census records

1541 Subsidy

1582 Subsidy

1638 Inhabitants List

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 Woolnoth with St Mary Woolchurch Haw, London Genealogy fell under the jurisdiction of the Archdeaconry Court of London and 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.

Poor Law Unions

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Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites

Wikipedia has more about this subject: St Mary Woolchurch Haw
Wikipedia has more about this subject: St Mary Woolnoth


  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.