Clerkenwell St John, Middlesex Genealogy

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Clerkenwell St John

Guide to Clerkenwell St John, Middlesex ancestry, family history, and genealogy: Parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Clerkenwell St John, Middlesex
St John Clerkenwell (1818)

Clerkenwell St John
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Ossulstone (Finsbury Division)
County Middlesex, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Clerkenwell
Registration District Clerkenwell
Records begin
Parish registers: 1723
Bishop's Transcripts: 1807
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Not created until 1858
Diocese London
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Archdeaconry of London
Location of Archive
London Metropolitan Archives

=Parish History[edit | edit source]

St John the Baptist, St John Square, Clerkenwell was a chapel of ease within the ancient parish of St James Clerkenwell. It was created as part of the Building Act previous to when it began operation--the year 1723.'[1]

The churches of St. James and St. John, formerly the only churches, have each a distinct parochial district attached.[2]

The following additional chapels and chapelries were attached to or otherwise closely associated with St John Clerkenwell:

  • Holy Redeemer - 1882
  • St James - 1551
  • St James, Pentonville - 1790
  • St John the Baptist, Street John Square - 1723
  • St Mark, Myddleton Square - 1834
  • St Mary - dissolved to become St James Clerkenwell
  • St Paul, Pear Tree Street Clerkenwell - 1865
  • St Peter, Smithfield Martyrs Church – 1871
  • St Peters
  • St Philip, Granville Square - 1834
  • St Silas, Penton Street, Pentonville - 1866

Clerkenwell had a number of nonconformist denominations within its boundary, including meeting-houses for Baptists, Society of Friends, Independents (Congregationalists) and Wesleyan and other Methodist chapels (one, a Welsh-speaking chapel). [3]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Online Clerkenwell St John Parish Register Images and Indexes
1723-1812 Ancestry baptisms, marriages, and burials[4]
1813-1906 Ancestry[5] 1754-1921 Ancestry[6] 1813-1853 Ancestry[7]
Indexes     1807-1837 Ancestry[8]    

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.

Non-Conformist Churches[edit | edit source]

Census records[edit | edit source]

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

Probate records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Websites[edit | edit source]

Clerkenwell on GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. P.B. Dunn, A Guide to Ancestral Research in London, (BYU Printing Services, 2010).
  2. Samuel Lewis, ed. " Chinley - Chiswick," In Topographical Dictionary of England 626-632. (London: S. Lewis and Co., 1848), Online here.
  3. 'Clearwell - Clerkenwell', Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 626-632. URL: Date accessed: 10 February 2012.
  4. London, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1812, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Described as St John the Baptist, Clerkenwell in Islington 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 Clerkenwell St John in Islington Borough. Partially indexed.
  6. London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Described as Clerkenwell St John in Islington Borough. Partially indexed.
  7. London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Described as Clerkenwell St John in Islington Borough. Partially indexed.
  8. Pallot's Marriage and Birth Indexes, Guide to Parishes (n.p.: n.p., n.d.). FHL British Book 942 V25pm