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Guide to St Paul Covent Garden, Middlesex ancestry, family history, and genealogy: Parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

St Paul Covent Garden, Middlesex
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Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Westminster
County Middlesex
Poor Law Union Strand PLU
Registration District Strand
Records begin
Parish registers: 1653
Bishop's Transcripts: 1800
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Not created until 1858
Diocese London
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Archdeaconry of Middlesex
Location of Archive
Middlesex Record Office

Contents

Parish History

St Paul Covent Garden, Middlesex, in Strand parliamentary division of Westminster.[1]

St. Paul, Covent Garden is a parish, in the city and liberty of Westminster. The patron is the Duke of Bedford. It is a parish in the Strand poor-law union, the Precinct of the Savoy, and the Liberty of the Rolls.[2]

Additional information:

'St Paul Covent Garden [1653], the church of, is situated on the western side of Covent Garden Market, and was erected by the Earl of Bedford, as a chapel of ease to St Martin in the Fields, for the convenience of his neighbouring tenantry, which were then much on the increase. It is in the form of a Vitruvian Tuscan temple, and was designed by Inigo Jones. it 1638, as appears from a manuscript in the Harleian collection at the British museum, printed in the Gentleman's Magazine of November, 1789, a dispute had arisen between the above named earl and the vicar of St Martin in the Fields, relative to the right of patronage to this newly built church, and that is was heard before the Privy Council, who determined that it should be a chapel of ease to St Martin's, till an act of parliament should be passed to make it parochial... In 1645, the precinct of Covent Garden was separated from the parish of St Martin, and made parochial, by an ordinance of the Lords and Commons, sitting at Westminster; but, being considered an illegal ordinance, an act of parliament was obtained immediately after the restoration of Charles II, in 1660, by which the patronage was vested in the Earl of Bedford and his heirs forever.

'The church was built by Inigo Jones, by direction of the earl, as a mere barn... The walls were of brick, but were cased with stone about the year 1788... In 1795, the roof and interior was consumed by fire, which have been since substantially repaired and reinstated by the late Thomas Hardwick, Esquire.

'By the before-mentioned act, the patron has the privilege of nominating one of the churchwardens, the rector another and the parishioners elect a third. The church is by the same authority, a rectory, in the county and archdeaconry of Middlesex, in the diocese of London and in the patronage of the Duke of Bedford.'[3]

Resources

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.

Church records

Online St Paul Covent Garden Parish Register Images and Indexes
 
Baptisms
Marriages
Burials
Earliest
1653
1653
1540
Images
1800-1812 Ancestry baptisms, marriages, and burials[4]
1813-1835 Ancestry[5] 1800-1835 Ancestry[6] 1813-1835 Ancestry[7]
Indexes 1653-1752 InternetArchive[8] 1653-1837 findmypast[9] 1540-1855 findmypast[10]
1653-1837 FamilySearch[11] 1653-1837 InternetArchive[12] 1653-1752 InternetArchive[13]
1752-1837 InternetArchive[14] 1653-1837 FamilySearch[15] 1752-1853 InternetArchive[16]
    1800-1837 Ancestry[17]    

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 and Inhabitants Lists

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library. The first film number is 438841.

1666 Hearth Tax
1693-1694 Four Shilling in the Pound Aid

Probate records

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

St Paul Covent Garden Churchyard database at Find A Grave. (47+ entries)

Poor Law Unions

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.

Websites

Covent GardenSt Paul in GENUKI

References

  1. John Bartholomew Gazetteer of the British Isles, 1887. Adapted. Date accessed: 27 January 2014.
  2. Samuel A. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England, (1848). Adapted. Date accessed: 27 December 2013.
  3. James Elmes, A Topographical Dictionary of London (London, 1831). Adapted.
  4. London, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1812, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Described as St Paul, Covent Garden in Westminster Borough. 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 Covent Garden St Paul in Westminster Borough. Partially indexed.
  6. London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Described as Covent Garden St Paul in Westminster Borough. Partially indexed.
  7. London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Described as Covent Garden St Paul in Westminster Borough. Partially indexed.
  8. William Henry Hunt, The Registers of St. Paul's Church, Covent Garden, London (London, 1906). Digital versions at Internet Archive; another Internet Archive copy. (Christenings 1653-1752.)
  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 13,325 entries.
  10. "Boyd's London Burials Index - places and counts," Find My Past, accessed 8 June 2011. Indexes adult male burials only (15,027 entries).
  11. Batch P001571, see: Hugh Wallis, "IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (N-Z), England," IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 17 March 2012.
  12. William Henry Hunt, The Registers of St. Paul's Church, Covent Garden, London (London, 1907). Digital version at Internet Archive. (Marriages 1653-1837.)
  13. William Henry Hunt, The Registers of St. Paul's Church, Covent Garden, London (London, 1908). Digital version at Internet Archive. (Burials 1653-1752.)
  14. William Henry Hunt, The Registers of St. Paul's Church, Covent Garden, London (London, 1906). Digital version at Internet Archive. (Christenings 1752-1837.)
  15. Batch M025772, see: Hugh Wallis, "IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (N-Z), England," IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 17 March 2012.
  16. Hunt, William Henry. The Registers of St. Paul's Church, Covent Garden, London (London, 1909). Digital version at Internet Archive. (Burials 1752-1853.)
  17. Pallot's Marriage and Birth Indexes, Guide to Parishes (n.p.: n.p., n.d.). FHL British Book 942 V25pm

 

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