Woolwich St Mary, Kent Genealogy

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Parish History

Woolwich St Mary is an Ancient Parish historically in North West Kent and within the Greater London boundary. Woolwich remained part of Kent until 1889 when the County of London was created Woolwich Wikipedia

It is also known as the church of St Mary Magdalene [and was established by at least the year 1670, and re-]built in 1727 by an unknown architect and Deptford builder Matthew Spray. The church has been designated a grade II* listed building by English Heritage Listed Building

See North West Kent Family History Society and Woolwich St Mary Magdalene

Within this Ancient Parish were formed:

Holy Trinity: Rope Walk / Beresford Square. see List of Commissioners Churches in London Wikipedia Built 1833 as Trinity Episcopal Chapel; chapel of ease 1850, closed 1960 & demolished 1962; parish created 1881 from Woolwich St. Mary, abolished 1953.

St John the Evangelist: Wellington St. built 1845, demolished 1948; separate parish created 1869 from Woolwich St Mary, abolished 1939.. Original registers from 1869.
St Michael & All Angels: Borgard Road built 1875; parish created 1879 from Woolwich St Mary.

Here is 'A Comprehensive List of Chapels and District Churches in Woolwich St Mary Magdalen Parish'. Historically, these chapelries and churches were attached to and jurisdictionally a part of the ancient parish of St Mary Magdalen.


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 Woolwich St Mary Parish Register Images and Indexes
1670-1812 Ancestry baptisms, marriages, and burials[1]
1813-1906 Ancestry[2] 1754-1921 Ancestry[3] 1813-1938

Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts, non conformist and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. Add the contact information for the office holding the original records.

Family History Library film numbers
Woolwich St Mary

Census records

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.

Poor Law Unions

Gotoarrow.png See Greenwich Poor Law Union,Kent

Probate records

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

Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites


  1. London, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1812, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as St Mary Magdalene, Woolwich in Greenwich Borough. Marriages from 1754 to 1812 are not included in this database. Partially indexed.
  2. London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as Woolwich St Mary Magdalene in Greenwich Borough. Partially indexed.
  3. London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as Woolwich St Mary Magdalene in Greenwich Borough. Partially indexed.
  4. London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as Woolwich St Mary Magdalene in Greenwich Borough. Partially indexed.