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

St Michael Cornhill
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Type Ancient 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: 1546
Bishop's Transcripts: 1629-31; 1800
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery None
Diocese London
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (London Division)
Location of Archive
London Record Office


Parish History

St Michael Cornhill, the Churchill, is situated on the south side of Cornhill, up St. Michael's Alley. Its name,... Is derived from the St. two which is dedicated... The advowson of this church was anciently in the abbot and the canons of Evesham, who, in 1333, granted it to a priest named Sparling; but one rectory reverting to the conv, they continued its patrons till 1503, when by Ed D.,... They conveyed the advowson to the drapers company, in whom it has continued... The ancient church was destroyed, all but the tower, by the great fire of 1666, and was began to be rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren in 1672.  The interior of the church is light and commodious and is 87 feet long, 60 feet broad and 35 high.  The tower, which is at a distance, one of the most striking ornaments of the city, is 130 feet high to the top of the pennacles. The church is a rectory in the city, diocese and archdeaconry of London, and in the patronage of the Drapers Company.[1]

St Michael Cornhill belonged to Cornhill Ward.

1848 parish description
St. Michael, Cornhill is a parish, of the city of London Within the Walls. The patron is the Drapers’ Company. It is a parish within the poor-law union of the City of London. [2]


Church records

Online St Michael Cornhill Parish Register Images and Indexes
1546-1812 Ancestry baptisms, marriages, and burials[3]
1813-1906 Ancestry[4] 1754-1921 Ancestry[5] 1813-1853 Ancestry[6]
Indexes 1545-1754
FamilySearch[7] 1546-1836 findmypast[8] 1546-1853 findmypast[9]
1546-1754 InternetArchive[10] 1546-1836


1546-1754 InternetArchive[10]
1546-1754 TheGenealogist[12] 1546-1754 InternetArchive[10] 1546-1754 TheGenealogist[12]
1546-1754 FreeReg[13] 1546-1754 FreeReg[13] 1546-1754 FreeReg[13]
    1546-1754 TheGenealogist[12] 1754-1853 findmypast[14]
    1754-1837 BritishOrigins[15] 1813-1853 BritishOrigins[16]
    1800-1837 Ancestry[17]    
  • Overall, William Henry and Alfred James Waterlow. The Accounts of the Churchwardens of the Parish of St. Michael, Cornhill, in the City of London, from 1456 to 1608. With Miscellaneous Memoranda Contained in the Great Book of Accounts, and Extracts from the Proceedings of the Vestry, from 1563 to 1607. 1871. Digital versions at Google Books; Internet Archive.

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

1541 Subsidy

1582 Subsidy

1621 Subsidy

  • St Michael, Cornhill, Cornhill Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/147/485); copy: FHL Film 2228702.
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1625 Subsidies

  • St Michael, Cornhill, Cornhill Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/147/516); copy: FHL Film 2228703.

1638 Inhabitants List

1641 Subsidy

  • St Michael, Cornhill, Cornhill Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/147/568); copy: FHL Film 2228704.

1692-1932 Land Taxes

1695 Inhabitants Lists

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 Michael Cornhill Parish are available online.

Before 1858, St Michael Cornhill fell under the jurisdiction of the Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London. 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.


Transcripts of early St Michael Cornhill tombs found in the interior of the church 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.[18]

Records of the Poor

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

Maps and Gazetteers

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(The London Family History Centre Catalogue is a terrific resource for identifying FamilySearch's London collections).
Wikipedia has more about this subject: St Michael, Cornhill


  1. James Elmes, A Topographical Dictionary of London and its Environs (London: Whittaker, Treacher and Arnot, 1831). Adapted. Digitised by Google Books.
  2. Samuel A. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 129-170. Adapted. Date accessed: 19 December 2013.
  3. London, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1812, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Described as St Michael, Cornhill 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 Michael Cornhill in the City of London. Partially indexed.
  5. London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Described as St Michael Cornhill in the City of London. Partially indexed.
  6. London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Described as St Michael Cornhill in the City of London. Partially indexed.
  7. Batches P001541-P001542, see: Hugh Wallis, "IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (A-M), England," IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 8 June 2011.
  8. 'Boyd's Marriage Index - Parish details by county,', accessed 12 June 2011.
  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 10.2 Joseph Lemuel Chester, The Parish Registers of St. Michael, Cornhill, London: Containing the Marriages, Baptisms, and Burials from 1546 to 1754 (1882). Digitized by Internet Archive.
  11. Batch M001541, see: Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (A-M), England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 8 June 2011. Indexes parish register transcripts (1546-1754) and parish registers (1754-1836).
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 'London Parish Record Transcripts,' The Genealogist, accessed 12 December 2011.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Middlesex and London Coverage, FreeReg, accessed 6 November 2012.
  14. John Hanson, 'City of London Burials,' Find My Past, accessed 8 June 2011.
  15. 'Webb's London Marriages - Marriages, periods and parishes/churches,' British Origins, accessed 4 July 2011.
  16. 'Greater London Burials: Middlesex and City of London Burials: Parishes, Counts and References,' British Origins (£), accessed 4 April 2013.
  17. Pallot's Marriage and Birth Indexes, Guide to Parishes (n.p.: n.p., n.d.). FHL British Book 942 V25pm
  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.


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