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St Helen Bishopsgate

London St Helen Bishopsgate ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page. Guide to parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

St Helen Bishopsgate, London
St Helens Bishopsgate.jpg
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred London, Within the Walls
County London
Poor Law Union City of London
Registration District London City
Records begin
Parish registers: 1575
Bishop's Transcripts: 1813
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery None
Diocese London
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of St Paul's Cathedral
Location of Archive
London Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

Timeline[edit | edit source]

  • 1100s - first mentioned
  • 1992-1993 - church badly damaged by IRA bombs; later fully restored

1831 description[edit | edit source]

"St Helen Bishopsgate, the church of, is situated nearly in the middle of great St. Helens. It derives its name from its being dedicated to St. Helens, the mother of Constantine the great, and escaped the great fire in 1666. You prepared (sic) and the new tower built in 1669, and contains many curious monuments among which is that of Francis Bancroft, who founded the alms houses called after his name. The patronage of his church appears to have been very anciently in lay hands, for in the reign of Henry the second, Randolph and his son, Robert, granted it to the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's, by whom it was afterwards granted to William FitzWilliam, who, in 1212 founded the priory of St. Helen, and conferred advowson of the church on prior S. and nuns, in whom it continued till the suppression of their convent in 1539 when it devolved to the crown. In 1551, Edward VI granted it to Ridley, Bishop of London and his successors, which was confirmed by Queen Mary, in 1553; but it appears to have again reverted to the crown; for in 1568, Queen Elizabeth I granted it, by lease to Caesar Aldermary Thomas Colcel in trust for the parishioners, for a term of 21 years. This church is a vicarage, in the archdeaconry of London..."[1]

St Helen Bishopgate belonged to Bishopsgate Ward.

1848 description:

St. Helen, Bishopsgate, is a parish of the city of London Within the Walls. The patron is the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's. It is a parish within the poor-law union of the City of London.[2]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Church records[edit | edit source]

Online St Helen Bishopgate Parish Register Images and Indexes
1575-1813 Ancestry baptisms, marriages, and burials[3]
1813-1906 Ancestry[4] 1754-1870 Ancestry[5] 1813-1851 Ancestry[6]
Indexes 1575-1837
FamilySearch[7] 1575-1870 FamilySearch[8] 1264-1837 findmypast[9]
1575-1837 TheGenealogist[10] 1575-1837 findmypast[11] 1575-1837 TheGenealogist[10]
1575-1837 InternetArchive[12] 1575-1837 InternetArchive[12] 1575-1837 InternetArchive[12]
1575-1837 FreeReg[13] 1575-1837 FreeReg[13] 1575-1837 FreeReg[13]
    1780-1837 Ancestry[14] 1754-1853 findmypast[15]
        1813-1853 findmypast[16]

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.

Census records[edit | edit source]

1541 Subsidy[edit | edit source]

1547 Subsidy[edit | edit source]

  • St Helen, Bishopsgate Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/145/139); copy: FHL Film 2228700.

1564 Subsidy[edit | edit source]

  • St Helen, Bishopsgate Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/145/220); copy: FHL Film 2228700.

1582 Subsidy[edit | edit source]

1625 Subsidy[edit | edit source]

  • St Helen, Bishopsgate Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/147/511); copy: FHL Film 2228703.

1638 Inhabitants List[edit | edit source]

1666 Hearth Tax[edit | edit source]

1692-1932 Land Taxes[edit source]

1695 Inhabitants Lists[edit source]

1801 Census[edit | edit source]

The 1801 Census exists and is held at The British Library.[17]

1821 Census[edit | edit source]

The 1821 Census exists and is held at The British Library.[17]

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.

Probate records[edit | edit source]

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

Before 1858, St Helen Bishopsgate fell under the jurisdiction of the Court of the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of St Paul's Cathedral. From 1858 to the present, refer to the Principal Probate Registry.

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.

Cemetery[edit | edit source]


A survey of monumental brasses, published 1891, is available online - free.[19]

  • A cemetery survey (1910), available online, covers monumental inscriptions in the St Helen Bishopsgate churchyard.[20]

A 1924 survey of (1) monuments within the church, (2) floor slabs within the church, (3) monuments in the churchyard, and (4) monuments now disappeared, is available online - free. Brass rubbings and monument sketches are also included.[21]

Records of the Poor[edit | edit source]

Contributor: Add information about the pertinent poor law unions in the area.

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]

(The London Family History Centre Catalogue is a terrific resource for identifying FamilySearch's London collections).

Wikipedia has more about this subject: St Helen's Bishopsgate

References[edit | edit source]

  1. James Elmes, A Topographical Dictionary of London and its Environs (London: Whittaker, Treacher and Arnot, 1831). Adapted. Digitised by Google Books.
  2. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848) Adapted. Date accessed: 19 November 2013.
  3. London, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1812, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Described as St Helens, Bishopsgate in the City of London. Marriages from 1754 to 1812 are not included in this database. Partially indexed.
  4. London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Described as St Helen Bishopgate in the City of London. Partially indexed.
  5. London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Described as St Helen Bishopgate in the City of London. Partially indexed.
  6. London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Described as St Helen Bishopgate in the City of London. Partially indexed.
  7. Batches C001422, P001421, see: Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (A-M), England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 8 June 2011.
  8. Batch M001421 (inactive 21/02/2012), see: Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (A-M), England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 8 June 2011. Indexes parish register transcripts (1575-1837) and parish registers (1837-1870).
  9. 'Boyd's London Burials Index - places and counts,' Find My Past, accessed 8 June 2011. Indexes adult male burials only.
  10. 10.0 10.1 'London Parish Register Transcripts,' The Genealogist, accessed 9 January 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. 12.0 12.1 12.2 W. Bruce Bannerman, The Registers of St. Helen's Bishopgate, London (1904).
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Middlesex and London Coverage, FreeReg, accessed 6 November 2012.
  14. Pallot's Marriage and Birth Indexes, Guide to Parishes (n.p.: n.p., n.d.). FHL British Book 942 V25pm
  15. John Hanson, 'City of London Burials,' Find My Past, accessed 8 June 2011.
  16. 'Greater London Burials: Middlesex and City of London Burials: Parishes, Counts and References,' (Wayback Machine) British Origins (£), accessed 4 April 2013.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Colin R. Chapman, Pre-1841 Censuses and Population Listings in the British Isles, 5th ed. (Dursley, U.K.: Lochin Publishing, 2002), 66, 71.
  18. 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.
  19. Andrew Oliver, A List of Monumental Brasses in the City of London Churches (1891). Digitized by Internet Archive.
  20. Percy C. Rushden, The Churchyard Inscriptions of the City of London (London: Phillimore and Co., Ltd., 1910). Digitised by Internet Archive.
  21. 'St. Helen's Bishopsgate: Monuments within the church', Survey of London: volume 9: The parish of St Helen, Bishopsgate, part I (1924), pp. 52-79. URL: Date accessed: 15 March 2012.