Tower of London, Middlesex Genealogy

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Guide to Tower of London, Middlesex ancestry, family history, and genealogy: Parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Tower of London, Middlesex
Type Extra-parochial area (England)
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Ossulstone (Tower Division)
County Middlesex, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Whitechapel
Registration District Whitechapel
Records begin
Parish registers: 1538
Bishop's Transcripts: None
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Not Applicable
Diocese Not Applicable
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Search the courts of the surrounding parishes
Location of Archive
London Metropolitan Archives

Parish History[edit | edit source]

Tower of London, parish, Middlesex, Tower Hamlets parliamentary borough, London,(including Old Tower Without). The parish contains the fortress of the same name, founded by William the Conqueror, probably on the site of an older fortress; once a fortress, a royal residence, a court of justice, and a prison, it is now a Government storehouse and armoury.[1]

1848 parish description: St. Peter ad Vincula, Tower is a Tower parish. It is adjacent to the City of London, in the hundred of Ossulstone, Middlesex. The patron is the Constable of the Tower of London.[2]

The Chapel Royal within the The Tower of London is extra-parochial (see below). It is sometimes known as St Peter Ad Vincula and is ancient in its origins, pre-dating the year 1520 when it was rebuilt and still remains today.

[The] Tower of London, ..is on the eastern side of the city, by the side of the Thames, between the eastern end of Lower Thames Street and St. Katherine's.

The earliest account of any fortification on this site was a small fortress, by William the Norman [Conqueror] in 1076, who,... [a]lso built in 1078 that portion which is called the White Tower... In 1239 Henry III added to its fortifications, [and was built up, until the] present area of the Tower within the walls, is 12 acres and five poles, and the circuit outside of the ditch, 1052 feet. The principal objects of curiosity within the Tower, are the menagerie of wild beasts in the Lion Tower, the Jewel Office, the armory, the White Tower, the ancient chapel and church (see St Peter ad Vincula), the record office, Beauchamp Tower, the bloody Tower, traders bridge, and the Mint... The Tower [wa]s still used as a state prison and is under the government of the Duke of Wellington...[3]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Find Neighboring Parishes[edit | edit source]

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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]

The Church of England (Anglican) became the official state religion in 1534, with the reigning monarch as its Supreme Governor.
Non-Conformist refers to all other religious denominations that are not the official state religion.

Church of England[edit | edit source]

Due to the increasing access of online records:

  • Individual parish coverage for databases in this table are inconsistent and should be verified
  • Dates in the following table are approximate

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Tower of London Online Parish Records
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FamilySearch Collections-Middlesex
1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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FamilySearch Parish Registers-Middlesex
1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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Bishop's Transcripts - FamilySearch Catalog
1700s-1800s
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1700s-1800s
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1700s-1800s
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FreeREG
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1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
Find My Past-Middlesex ($)
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1400s-1900s
Find My Past (Westminster)-Middlesex ($)
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1500s-1900s
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Find My Past Banns-Middlesex ($)
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Ancestry-London Church of England BMD (Early) ($)
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Ancestry-London Church of England BMD (Late) ($)
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Ancestry Marriage Bonds and Allegations-London and Surrey ($)
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Ancestry-England & Wales, Birth, Christening, Marriage and Death Indexes ($)
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Databases with Known Incomplete Parish Coverage
Boyd's Marriage Indexes-FMP (Free)
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National Burial Index-FMP (Free)
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Other Websites These databases have incomplete parish coverage.

Non-Conformists (All other Religions)[edit | edit source]

Census Records[edit | edit source]

1547 Subsidy[edit | edit source]

1620 Subsidy[edit | edit source]

  • Ossulstone Hundred, Tower Division: The Tower Hamlets and Whitechapel (The National Archives, Ref: E179/142/254); transcript by Charles Edward Banks: FHL Film 1550095 item 20.

1666 Hearth Tax[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.

Cemetery[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]

Tower of London on GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Barholmew, John, Gazetteer of the British Isles, 1887. Adapted. Date accessed: 25 January 2014.
  2. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England, (1848). Adapted. Date accessed: 26 December 2013.
  3. James Elmes, A Topographical Dictionary of London and its Environs (London: Whittaker, Treacher and Arnot, 1831). Adapted.