Stepney St Dunstan, Middlesex Genealogy

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England  Gotoarrow.png  Middlesex Gotoarrow.png  Middlesex Parishes Gotoarrow.png  Stepney St Dunstan

See A List of District Churches and Chapels of Ease In Stepney Parish

Parish History

'St Dunstan Stepney, the [parish] church of, is situated between Whitehorse Lane, Commercial Road, and Stepney Green. Stepney is a very ancient village, and was formerly a considerable distance from London. Stow mentions, that in 1299 a parliament was held at the house of Henry Wallies, Mayor of London, who resided in this village, and here Edward I confirmed the great charter of liberty. It was originally one of the largest parishes in England, and contained within its boundaries, what are now the parishes of St Marylebone, at Stratford, St Mary, Whitechapel, St Anne, Limehouse, St John Wapping, St Paul, Shadwell, St George, Ratcliffe Highway, Christ Church, Spitalfields, and St Matthew, Bethnal Green. All these parishes have been sparated from it, yet it still remains one of the largest within the Bills of Mortality, as it still contains the hamlets of Mile-End Old and New, Ratcliffe and Poplar.

'At what period this ancient church was built is not at present known, but it appears to be a relic of the architecture of the fourteenth century. There was a church here so long ago as the time of the Saxons, when it was called the church of All Saints, and we read of the Manor of Stiben-Heath, under the reign of William the Norman; when the church changed its name does not appear. it is a large structure, consisting of a chancel, a nave, and two aisles. At the west end is a plain tower, containing a peal of twelve bells.

'For a considerable number of years this parish largely served as the apparent parish of choice of many merchant maritime and sailors of the Royal Navy. It is a rectory, in the county of Middlesex, in the diocese of London, is exempt from any archdeaconry... There are numerous additional chapels attached to this parish' (see the link above--"A List of District Churches and Chapels...)"[1]

'STEPNEY St. Dunstan and All Saints, a parish, and the head of a union, in the Tower division of the hundred of Ossulstone, County of Middlesex, 2½ miles east of St. Paul's Cathedral, London. The parish includes also the hamlets of Mile-End New Town, Mile-End Old Town, and Ratcliffe. 

'Places of worship were built for the Quakers (the Society of Friends), the New Connexion of the Countess of Huntingdon, Calvinistic Methodists, for Baptists, Roman Catholics, and three meeting-houses for Independents.'[2]

The Victoria County History of Stepney (1998) is available online. It includes chapters on manors, estates, economic history, local government, churches, Roman Catholicism, Protestant nonconformity, and charities for the poor.[3]


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

Online Stepney St Dunstan Parish Register Images and Indexes
1568-1812 Ancestry baptisms, marriages, and burials[4]
1814-1906 Ancestry[5] 1754-1921 Ancestry[6] 1813-1929 Ancestry[7]
Indexes 1568-1875 FamilySearch[8] 1568-1864 FamilySearch[9] 1568-1848 DocklandsAncestors[10]
1568-1848 DocklandsAncestors[10] 1568-1808 FindMyPast[11]
1680-1689 FindMyPast[12] 1568-1719 TheGenealogist[13]
1568-1848 DocklandsAncestors[10]
    1640-1696 Google Books    
    1800-1837 Ancestry[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.

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Census records

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.

Poor Law Unions

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  1. James Elmes, A Topographical Dictionary of London and its Environs (London: Whittaker, Treacher and Arnot, 1831). Adapted. Digitised by Google Books.
  2. Samuel Lewis, ed. A Topographical Dictionary of England 200-205. (London: S. Lewis and Co., 1848), Online here, (accessed: 05 May 2010).
  3. A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 11: Stepney, Bethnal Green (2004). URL: Date accessed: 25 March 2012.
  4. London, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1812, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as St Dunstan and All Saints (also St Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney) in Tower Hamlets Borough. Marriages from 1754 to 1812 are not included in this database. Partially indexed.
  5. London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as St Dunstan and All Saints in Tower Hamlets Borough. Partially indexed.
  6. London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as Stepney St Dunstan (also Stepney St Dunstan and All Saints) in Tower Hamlets Borough. Partially indexed.
  7. London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as Stepney St Dunstan and All Saints in Tower Hamlets Borough. Partially indexed.
  8. Batches C055761, C055762, C055763, C055764, C055765, C055766, C055767, C055768, C055769, C055771, C055772, C055773, C055774, see: Hugh Wallis, "IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (N-Z), England," IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 8 June 2011. Indexes derived from parish registers and parish register transcripts.
  9. Batches M055761, M055762, M055763, M055764, M055765, M055766, M055767, M055768, see: Hugh Wallis, "IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (N-Z), England," IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 8 June 2011. Indexes parish registers.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 'Online Parish Register Search,', accessed 12 March 2012.
  11. "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
  12. ' Publishes Half a Million More Parish Records and Launches Browse Function,', posted 13 April 2012.
  13. 'London Parish Record Transcripts,' The Genealogist, accessed 10 March 2012.
  14. Pallot's Marriage and Birth Indexes, Guide to Parishes (n.p.: n.p., n.d.). FHL British Book 942 V25pm
  15. Includes Ballast Wharf, Bednall Green, Cock Hill, Comister Alley, Dolphin Yard, East Side, Fig Tree Yard, Great Pump Yard, Kings Head Alley, Limehouse, Limehouse Poplar and Blackwell Hamlet, Little Pump Yard, Maidenhead Alley, Mile End, Nightingale Lane, Pump Yard, Ratcliffe Broadstreet West, Ratcliffe Cross, Ratcliffe Hamlet, Ratcliffe Street Landside, Ratcliffe Street Laneside, Ratcliffe Street Waterside, Rose Lane, Rose Yard, Salmond Lane, Shadwell Hamlet, Ship Alley, Spittlefields Hamlet, Stepney Church West, Storehouse Yard, Sugar House Yard, Three Fox Yard, Tiffin Alley, Trinity Yard and White Horse Street, and Unknown.