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Parish History

"NORTON-FOLGATE, an extra-parochial liberty in Whitechapel district, Middlesex: within the metropolis, in the line of Ermine-street, at the end of Bishopsgate-street, 1¼ mile N E of St. Pauls. It took the former part of its name from its situation N of Bishopsgate, and the latter part from the Saxon Foldweg, signifying a "highway, " in allusion to Ermine-street; and the name was formerly written Northern-Foldgate. Acres, 9. Real property, £23, 617. Pop. in 1851, 1, 771; in 1861, 1, 873. Houses, 227. The manor belongs to the Dean and Chapter of St. Pauls. An Augustinian priory was founded here, in 1197, by William Brune; and had an income at the dissolution valued at £558. A theatre here was burned in 1839".¹

"Norton Folgate, the street so-called is the north continuation of Bishopsgate Street Without, and extends to Shoreditch. It is also the name of a Liberty or manor, which belonged to the cathedral of St paul as early as the Conquest. This district being extra-parochial, the inhaibtants support their own poor, and ury and marry where they please, but they mostly use a chapel, built be Sir George Wheeler, a Prebendary of Durham, for his tenants in Spitalfields. I this liberty there are also a small workhouse, a girl's school, and a free school for boys".²

1. John Marius Wilson, “Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales,” (Edinburgh: A, Fullerton & Co., 1870). Online here.

2. James Elmes, M.R. I. A., Architect. In “A Topographical Dictionary of London and its Envirions,” (London: Whittaker, Treacher and Arnot, 1831).


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Church records

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Census records

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Probate records

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