Westminster Abbey or the Collegiate Church of St Peter
Guide to Westminster Abbey or the Collegiate Church of St Peter, Middlesex ancestry, family history, and genealogy: Parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.
Westminster Abbey or the Collegiate Church of St Peter, Middlesex. At the time of the suppression of the religious houses, the Abbey was surrendered to Henry VIII, who dissolved it, and erected it into a college of secular canons under the government of a dean. Mary restored it to its original conventical state, and Queen Elizabeth I finally erected the Abbey into a college as at present. The western towers were built by Sir Christopher Wren, and many subsequent repairs and embellishments have been executed by our various monarchs.
Westminster Abbey or the Collegiate Church of St Peter is a church of the first class, in the City and Liberty of Westminster.
Westminster Abbey or the Collegiate Church of St Peter, Westminster, (1608) the church of, is situated on the western side of Westminster Hall. The origin and dedication of this ancient abbey is involved in much obscurity and fabulous legend. The most credible account is, that it was founded by Sebert King of the East Saxons, who died in 616.
This church and its monastery were afterwards repaired and enlarged by Offa, King Mercia, but being destroyed by the Danes, they were rebuilt by King Edgar, who endowed them with lands and manors, and in 969 granted them many privileges. Being again ravaged by the Danes, they were rebuilt by Edward the Confessor, in a magnificent manner, and in the form of a cross. The works being finished in 1065...
William the Norman ["Conqueror"] embellished the church, and made it many handsome presents; and at the Christmas following his assumption of the Crown of England, he was solemnly crowned therein, this being the first coronation performed within its walls. The next prince who improved this national building was Henry III, who added to, and much repaired it. These repairs were completed by his successor in 1285, which is the date of the building as it now stands.
About 1502 King Henry VII began the splendid chapel that is called by his name.
View a List of the Parish Churches Lying Within the City of Westminster
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.
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 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.
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.
Records survive for two manors in Westminster Parish: Portsmouth Manor (1509-1514) and Westminster Manor (1364-1508). The Manorial Documents Register will help you locate these records.
Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.
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- ↑ James Elmes, Google Books A Topographical Dictionary of London and its Environs, (London: Whittaker, Treacher and Arnot, 1831). Digitised by . Adapted. Date accessed: 23 January 2014.
- ↑ Lewis, Samuel A., [http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=51117#s1000 A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848) Adapted. Date accessed: 25 February 2015
- ↑ Batch C030701, see: Hugh Wallis, "IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (N-Z), England," IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 17 March 2012.
- ↑ "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
- ↑ "Boyd's London Burials Index - places and counts," Find My Past, accessed 8 June 2011. Indexes adult male burials only.
- ↑ 'Search Marriage Records in Middlesex,' The Joiner Marriage Index, accessed 20 March 2012.
- ↑ Batch M030701, see: Hugh Wallis, "IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (N-Z), England," IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 17 March 2012.
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