St Mary Abchurch with St Lawrence Pountney, London Genealogy

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St Mary Abchurch with St Lawrence Pountney

London St Mary Abchurch with St Lawrence Pountney ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page. Guide to parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

St Mary Abchurch with St Lawrence Pountney, London
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St Mary Abchurch
Type Ecclesiastical Parish (England)
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred London, Within the Walls
County London, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union City of London
Registration District London City
Records begin
Parish registers: 1558; Separate registers exist for St Lawrence Pountney beginning 1538
Bishop's Transcripts: 1802; Separate records exist for St Lawrence Pountney beginning 1629-31; 1639-40; 1802
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery None
Diocese London
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Archdeaconry of London and Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (London Division)
Location of Archive
London Metropolitan Archives

Parish History[edit | edit source]

St Mary Abchurch

St Mary Abchurch Timeline[edit | edit source]

  • 1198-1199 - first mentioned
  • 1666 - church destroyed by Great Fire of London
  • 1666 - united with St Lawrence Pountney Parish[1]
  • 1681-1686 - church rebuilt
  • 1940 - church bombed in the London Blitz
  • 1948-1953 - church repaired

St Lawrence Pountney Timeline[edit | edit source]

  • 1666 - church destroyed by the Great Fire of London
  • 1666 - never rebuilt; united with St Mary Abchurch Parish[1]

1831 description[edit | edit source]

'St Mary Abchurch with St Lawrence Pountney,the church of, situated near the south end of Abchurch Lane, Cannon Street, and derives its name and addition, from having been dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and Ab or Up church, from its greater elevation than most of its neighbourhood. A church, similarly dedicated, stood upon this site in very early times, for we find that in 1448, the patronage of it was in the Prior and Canons of St Mary Overy, but falling to the crown in the reign of Elizabeth I, her majesty granted the perpetual advowson to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge...

'The ancient church was destroyed by the great fire in 1666, as was the Merchant Taylor's School, which was situated within St Lawrence Pountney Parish.[2] The present edifice was erected shortly afterwards by Sir Christopher Wren. The parish of St Lawrence Pountney was united to this parish after the fire, and the church of that small parish was consequently not rebuilt.

'The church is a rectory, in the city, diocese and archdeaconry of London, and in the patronage of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.'[3]

1848 parish description[edit | edit source]

St. Mary, Abchurch, with St. Lawrence are parishes, of the city of London Within the Walls. The patron is Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. They are within the poor-law union of the City of London[4]

Additional jurisdictions[edit | edit source]

St. Mary Abchurch Parish was a part of Candlewick Ward and/or Walbrook Ward.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Church records[edit | edit source]

St Lawrence Pountney Parish[edit | edit source]

Online St Lawrence Pountney Parish Register Images and Indexes
 
Baptisms
Marriages
Burials
Earliest
1538
1538
1538
Images
1538-1739 Ancestry baptisms, marriages, and burials[5]
Indexes 1538-1739 FamilySearch[6] 1538-1666
1737-1812
FamilySearch[7] 1539-1784 findmypast[8]
    1538-1837 findmypast[9] 1813-1850 findmypast[10]
    1800-1837 Ancestry[11] 1813-1850 findmypast[12]


St Mary Abchurch Parish[edit | edit source]

Online St Mary Abchurch Parish Register Images and Indexes
 
Baptisms
Marriages
Burials
Earliest
1558
1558
1558
Images
1558-1812 Ancestry baptisms, marriages, and burials
1813-1906 Ancestry[13] 1754-1921 Ancestry[14] 1813-1850 Ancestry[15]
Indexes 1558-1812 FamilySearch[16] 1558-1837 FamilySearch[17] 1558-1803 findmypast
    1558-1837 findmypast 1813-1851 findmypast
    1800-1837 Ancestry 1813-1851 findmypast


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]

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1547 Subsidy[edit | edit source]

  • St Lawrence Pountney, Candlewick Street Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/145/150); copy: FHL Film 2228700.
  • St Lawrence Pountney, Dowgate Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/145/151); copy: FHL Film 2228700.
  • St Mary, Abchurch, Candlewick Street Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/145/150); copy: FHL Film 2228700.
  • St Mary, Abchurch, Walbrook Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/145/147); copy: FHL Film 2228700.

1564 Subsidy[edit | edit source]

  • St Lawrence Pountney, Dowgate Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/145/218), Copy: FHL Film 2228700.
  • St Mary, Abchurch, Walbrook Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/145/218), Copy: FHL Film 2228700.
  • St Mary, Abchurch, Candlewick Street Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/145/222); copy: FHL Film 2228700.
  • St Lawrence, Pountney, Candlewick Street Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/145/222); copy: FHL Film 2228700.

1576 Subsidy[edit | edit source]

1582 Subsidy[edit | edit source]

1621 Subsidy[edit | edit source]

  • St Lawrence Pountney, Candlewick Street Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/147/502); copy: FHL Film 2228702.
  • St Lawrence Pountney, Dowgate Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/147/487); copy: FHL Film 2228702.
  • St Mary, Abchurch, Candlewick Street Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/147/502); copy: FHL Film 2228702.

1625 Subsidy[edit | edit source]

  • St Lawrence Pountney, Candlewick Street Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/147/512); copy: FHL Film 2228703.
  • St Mary, Abchurch, Candlewick Street Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/147/512); copy: FHL Film 2228703.

1628 Subsidy[edit | edit source]

  • St Lawrence Pountney, Dowgate Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/147/560); copy: FHL Film 2228704.
  • St Mary, Abchurch, Walbrook Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/147/564); copy: FHL Film 2228704.

1638 Inhabitants List[edit | edit source]

1645 Subsidy[edit | edit source]

  • St Lawrence Pountney, Dowgate Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/147/589); copy: FHL Film 2228704.

1645-1646 Subsidy[edit | edit source]

  • St Mary Abchurch, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/147/590 Part 15); copy: FHL Film 2228704.

1692-1932 Land Taxes[edit source]


1695 Inhabitants Lists[edit source]

1821 Census[edit | edit source]

The 1821 Census of St Mary Abchurch exists and is held at The British Library.[18]

1831 Census[edit | edit source]

The 1831 Census of St Mary Abchurch exists and is held at The British Library.[18]

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]

  • Will indexes for probate courts covering these parishes are available online.


Before 1858, St Lawrence Pountney fell under the jurisdiction of the Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London. St Mary Abchurch fell under the jurisdiction of the Court of the Archdeaconry of London. In practice, many St Mary Abchurch residents left their wills in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury from the 1700s through 1858.[19] 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.

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

Cemetery[edit | edit source]

St Mary Abchurch churchyard site
St Lawrence Pountney churchyard site
  • A cemetery survey (1910), available online, covers monumental inscriptions in the St Lawrence Pountney churchyard.[21]

Records of the Poor[edit | edit source]

During the seventeenth century, officials gave some foundlings discovered in St Mary Abchurch Parish the unique surname Abchurch.[22]

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
Wikipedia has more about this subject: St Mary Abchurch
Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: St Lawrence Pountney

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Phillip B. Dunn, A Guide to Ancestral Research in London (Salt Lake City, Utah: Mountainland Printing and Marketing, c1987, 1992), 58-59. FHL Book 942.1/L1 D27d.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Merchant Taylors' School, Northwood," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merchant_Taylors'_School,_Northwood, accessed 23 April 2013.
  3. James Elmes, A Topographical Dictionary of London and its Environs (London: Whittaker, Treacher and Arnot, 1831). Adapted. Digitised by Google Books.
  4. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 129-170. Adapted. Date accessed: 19 December 2013.
  5. London, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1812, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Described as St Lawrence Pountney in the City of London | St Mary Abchurch in the City of London. Marriages from 1754 to 1812 are not included in this database. Partially indexed.
  6. Batch C021632, see: Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (A-M), England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 31 October 2011. Indexes parish registers.
  7. Batch M021631, see: Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (A-M), England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 8 June 2011. Indexes parish registers.
  8. 'Boyd's London Burial Index - places and counts,' Find My Past, accessed 31 October 2011.
  9. 'Boyd's Marriage Index - Parish details by county,' Origins.net, 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
  10. John Hanson, 'City of London Burials,' Find My Past, accessed 8 June 2011.
  11. Pallot's Marriage and Birth Indexes, Guide to Parishes (n.p.: n.p., n.d.). FHL British Book 942 V25pm
  12. 'Greater London Burials: Middlesex and City of London Burials: Parishes, Counts and References,' (Wayback Machine) British Origins (£), accessed 4 April 2013.
  13. London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Described as St Mary Abchurch in the City of London. Partially indexed.
  14. London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Described as St Mary Abchurch in the City of London. Partially indexed.
  15. London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Described as St Mary Abchurch in the City of London. Partially indexed.
  16. Batch C045891, see: Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (A-M), England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 8 June 2011. Indexes parish register transcripts.
  17. Batches M001511, M045891, see: Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (A-M), England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 8 June 2011. Indexes parish register transcripts.
  18. 18.0 18.1 Colin R. Chapman, Pre-1841 Censuses and Population Listings in the British Isles, 5th ed. (Dursley, U.K.: Lochin Publishing, 2002), 71, 73.
  19. 'About Archdeaconry Court of London Wills Index 1750-1800', British Origins, accessed 23 December 2011.
  20. 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.
  21. Percy C. Rushden, The Churchyard Inscriptions of the City of London (London: Phillimore and Co., Ltd., 1910). Digitised by Internet Archive.
  22. Nathan W. Murphy, 'London Foundlings in Colonial America: Overseas Leads to Dead Ends: John Abchurch, William Abchurch, Isaac Jewry, and Henry Woolchurch of Virginia and Maryland,' The American Genealogist, Vol. 83, No. 2 (Jul./Oct. 2008):131-140.