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London St Benet Gracechurch with St Leonard Eastcheap family history and genealogy research page. Guide to parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

St Benet Gracechurch with St Leonard Eastcheap
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Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred London, Within the Walls
County London
Poor Law Union City of London PLU
Registration District London City
Records begin
Parish registers: 1558; Separate registers exist for St Leonard Eastcheap beginning 1538
Bishop's Transcripts: 1629-31; 1639-40; 1801; Separate records exist for St Leonard Eastcheap beginning 1802
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery None
Diocese London
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (London Division); Court of the Peculiar Jurisdiction of the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Deaneries of the Arches, Croydon and Shoreham
Location of Archive
London Record Office

Contents

Parish History

St Benet Gracechurch church site
St Leonard Eastcheap church site
'St Benet Gracechurch with St Leonard Eastcheap, the church of is situated at the southwest corner of Fenchurch Street and Grace Church Street, near the office of Lombard Street. It derives its name from its dedication to St. Benedict, or Bennett, and its vicinity to the grass market, which was anciently held before its western door.  The old church was destroyed by the great fire in 1666, and rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren.  It is a handsome church, and of the harmonious proportions of a double cube, being 60 feet in length, 30 and breath, and 32 in height, the 2 feet in height being allowed by our great master to compensate for optical defect. It is a richly ornamented after the fashion of the day, as Hanson molded wainscot, carved pulpit and altar, and a richly carved font.  It was finished for divine service in 1685.  The exterior is finished by a handsome Corning's, a lofty blocking course, and light balustrade.  The tower begins from the ground, like all of Wren's, and the tower above the is lofty and obeliscal, beginning from five small porticos and finishing with a ball and vane.

'The church of St. Leonard Eastcheap, was also destroyed at the same time, and the present church is now the parochial church of the two united parishes.  It is a rectory, patronage of which appears to have remained in the dean and chapter of St. Paul's; but as the patronage of the rectory of St. Leonard was anciently in the priors and content of Canterbury and since the Reformation, in the dean and chapter of that city, of which it is one of the 13 players within the city, the presentation is alternately with St. Paul's in Canterbury.'[1]

After the Great Fire of London (1666), St Benet Gracechurch Parish united with St Leonard Eastcheap Parish.[2]

These parishes belonged to Bridge Ward. Some authorities spell St Benet Gracechurch as St Benet Grace Church Parish.

Both churches have been demolished.

1848 description

St. Benet's Gracechurch with St. Leonard, Eastcheap are parishes of the city of London Within the Walls. The patron is the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's, and the Dean and Chapter of Canterbury, alternately. They are parishes within the poor-law union of the City of London.[3]

Resources

Church records

St Benet Gracechurch Parish

Online St Benet Gracechurch Parish Register Images and Indexes
 
Baptisms
Marriages
Burials
Earliest
1558
1558
1558
Images
1558-1812 Ancestry baptisms, marriages, and burials[4]
1813-1866 Ancestry[5] 1754-1865 Ancestry[6] 1813-1853 Ancestry[7]
Indexes 1730-1866 FamilySearch[8] 1558-1837 FindMyPast[9] 1558-1851 FindMyPast[10]
    1730-1837

FamilySearch[11]

1807-1853 FindMyPast[12]
    1800-1837 Ancestry[13] 1807-1853 BritishOrigins[14]

St Leonard Eastcheap Parish

Online St Leonard Eastcheap Parish Register Images and Indexes
 
Baptisms
Marriages
Burials
Earliest
1538
1538
1538
Images
1538-1813 Ancestry baptisms, marriages, and burials[4]
1813 Ancestry[7]
Indexes 1730-1866 FamilySearch[15] 1538-1705 FindMyPast[9] 1538-1812 FindMyPast[10]
    1730-1837

FamilySearch[16]

1807-1853 FindMyPast[12]
    1800-1837 Ancestry[13] 1807-1853 BritishOrigins[14]

To find the names of the neighboring 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

1541 Subsidy

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1547 Subsidy

  • St Benet, Gracechurch, Bridge Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/145/151); copy: FHL Film 2228700.
  • St Benet Gracechurch, Langbourn Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/145/143); copy: FHL Film 2228700.
  • St Leonard, Eastcheap, Bridge Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/145/151); copy: FHL Film 2228700.

1582 Subsidy

1621 Subsidy

  • St Benet, Gracechurch, Bridge Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/147/484); copy: FHL Film 2228702.
  • St Benet, Gracechurch, Langbourn Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/147/490); copy: FHL Film 2228702.
  • St Leonard, Eastcheap, Bridge Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/147/484); copy: FHL Film 2228702.
  • St Leonard, Eastcheap, Candlewick Street Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/147/502); copy: FHL Film 2228702.

1628 Subsidy

  • St Benet, Gracechurch, Bridge Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/147/562); copy: FHL Film 2228704.
  • St Leonard, Eastcheap, Bridge Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/147/562); copy: FHL Film 2228704.

1638 Inhabitants List

1666 Hearth Tax

1692-1932 Land Taxes

1695 Inhabitants Lists

Add unique information about the censuses. Add links to online census records, and/or link to the Family History Library film/fiche numbers.

Civil Registration

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

Will indexes for probate courts covering St Benet Gracechurch Parish are available online.

Court of the Deanery of the Arches of London, Croydon, and Shoreham probate records are available online at FamilySearch for free.

Before 1858, St Benet Gracechurch fell under the jurisdiction of the Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London and St Leonard Eastcheap fell under the jurisdiction of the Court of the Deanery of the Arches. From 1858 to the present, refer to the Principal Probate Registry for both places.

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

Transcripts of early St Benet Gracechurch with St Leonard Eastcheap tombs found in the interior of the churches were published in Catalogue of the most Memorable Persons who had visible Tombs, plated Gravestones ... in the City of London (through) A.D. 1700, which is available online.[17]

Records of the Poor

During the seventeenth century, officials gave some foundlings discovered in St Benet Gracechurch Parish the unique surname Gracechurch.[18]

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

Maps and Gazetteers

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

Web Sites

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

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: St Leonard Eastcheap
Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: St Benet Gracechurch

References

  1. James Elmes, A Topographical Dictionary of London and its Environs (London: Whittaker, Treacher and Arnot, 1831). Adapted. Digitised by Google Books.
  2. 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.
  3. Samuel A. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp.129-170 Adapted. Date accessed: 12 November 2013.
  4. 4.0 4.1 London, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1812, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Described as St Benet Gracechurch in the City of London | St Leonard Eastcheap in the City of London. 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 St Benet Gracechurch in the City of London. Partially indexed.
  6. London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Described as St Benet Gracechurch in the City of London. Partially indexed.
  7. 7.0 7.1 London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Described as St Benet Gracechurch in the City of London | St Leonard Eastcheap in the City of London. Partially indexed.
  8. Batches C022512, C022513, C022514, see: Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (A-M), England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 8 June 2011. Indexes parish register xxx.
  9. 9.0 9.1 '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. 10.0 10.1 'Boyd's London Burials Index - places and counts,' Find My Past, accessed 8 June 2011. Indexes adult male burials only.
  11. Batches M022511-M022512, see: Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (A-M), England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 8 June 2011. Indexes parish register xxx.
  12. 12.0 12.1 John Hanson, 'City of London Burials,' Find My Past, accessed 8 June 2011.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Pallot's Marriage and Birth Indexes, Guide to Parishes (n.p.: n.p., n.d.). FHL British Book 942 V25pm
  14. 14.0 14.1 'Greater London Burials: Middlesex and City of London Burials: Parishes, Counts and References,' British Origins (£), accessed 4 April 2013.
  15. Batches C022512, C022513, C022514, see: Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (A-M), England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 8 June 2011.
  16. Batches M022511-M022512, see: Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (A-M), England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 8 June 2011.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.


 

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