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St Mary Le Strand, Middlesex
London St Mary Le Strand
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Westminster
County Middlesex
Poor Law Union Strand
Registration District Strand
Records begin
Parish registers: 1558
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 (Middlesex Division)
Location of Archive
Middlesex Record Office


Parish History

STRAND, a district in Middlesex; forming part of the metropolis, immediately W of Temple Bar; cut into four sub-districts, and containing St. Anne-Soho, St. Paul-Covent-Garden, St. Mary-le-Strand, and St. Clement-Danes parishes, St. John-Baptist-Savoy precinct. The places of worship, in 1851, were 9 of the Church of England, 2 of Independents, 2 of Baptists, 1 of Welsh Calvinistic Methodists, 1 of Lutherans, 1 of Roman Catholics, 1 of Jews.[1]


Church records

Online St Mary Le Strand Parish Register Images and Indexes
Images 1705-1921 findmypast[2] 1705-1837 findmypast[2] 1559-1853 findmypast[2]
1800-1812 Ancestry baptisms, marriages, and burials[3]
1813-1859 Ancestry[4] 1800-1837
Ancestry[5] 1813-1853 Ancestry[6]
Indexes 1705-1921 findmypast[2] 1605-1609 Internet Archive[7] 1705-1853 findmypast[2]
1813-1875 FamilySearch[8] 1605-1609 Internet Archive[7] 1705-1853 findmypast[2]
1605-1609 NewYorkFamilyHistory[7]
1614-1619 Internet Archive[7]
1614-1619 NewYorkFamilyHistory[7]
1619-1625 Internet Archive[7]
1619-1625 NewYorkFamilyHistory[7]
1705-1837 findmypast[2]
1754-1885 FamilySearch[9]
    1800-1837 Ancestry[10]    
  • 1606-1625 - Pruyn, John V.L. 'Weddings at St. Mary le Strand, London, from A.D. 1606 to 1625,' Genealogist, N.S. 4 (1887):34-41, 108-115; Vol. 5 (1888):108-116.
  • 1650s - 'Commonwealth Civil Marriages at St. Mary le Strand, London,' Genealogist, N.S. 10 (1894):225-229.

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.

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.

Census records

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.

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.

Poor Law Unions

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

'St Mary-le-Strand, the church of, is situated in the middle of the Strand opposite the south end of Drury Lane, and nearly opposite Somerset House.


'The original church belonging to this parish is mentioned so early as 1222, when it was called St Mary, and the Innocents of the Strand. It then stood in a spacious church yard, on the south side of the Strand, where the eastern wing of Somerset House is now built; but was taken down, as is mentioned in the preceding article [see St Mary Staining], and that of St John the Baptist, in the Savoy, (see those articles,) by order of Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset, to make way for his palace, named after him, Somerset House. The parishioners used the chapel of St John aforesaid, till the act of parliament passed for erecting the fifty new churches, when the first stone of this building was laid on the 25th of Feb. 1714, and was finished and consecrated on the 1st Jan. 1723, when instead of its ancient name, it was called St Mary-le-Strand. This church was the first of the fifty new churches, and was erected from the designs of James Gibbs, architect, to the church of St Martin in the Fields.

'The church is a rectory, in the diocese of London, in the county and archdeaconry of London, in the county and archdeaconry of Middlesex, and in the patronage of the Lord Chancellor.'[11]

1848 parish description:
St. Mary-le-Strand with theDuchy of Lancaster is a parish, in the city and liberty of Westminster. The patron is the Crown. It is a parish in the Strand poor-law union, the Precinct of the Savoy, and the Liberty of the Rolls.
St. John the Baptist, Savoy is a parish, in the city and liberty of Westminster. The patron is the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

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  1. John M. Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870-72. Adapted. Date accessed: 28 January 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 'Westminster parish records coverage,' Find My Past, accessed 27 March 2012. Indexed collection.
  3. London, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1812, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Described as St Mary le Strand in Westminster Borough. 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 Westminster St Mary Le Strand in Westminster Borough. Partially indexed.
  5. London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Described as Westminster St Mary Le Strand in Westminster Borough. Partially indexed.
  6. London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Described as Westminster St Mary Le Strand in Westminster Borough. Partially indexed.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 James Greenstreet, 'Marriages at St. Mary le Strand, London, from A.D. 1605,' The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, 1605-1609: Vol. 18, No. 1 (Jan. 1887):36-40; 1609-1614: Vol. 18, No. 2 (Apr. 1887):68-73; 1614-1619: Vol. 18, No. 3 (Jul. 1887):107-113; 1619-1625: Vol. 18, No. 4 (Oct. 1887):153-159. Digital versions at Internet Archive - free; New York Family History (£); FHL Book 974.7 B2n v. 18.
  8. Batch C042891, see: Hugh Wallis, "IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (N-Z), England," IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 17 March 2012.
  9. Batches M042891-M042892, see: Hugh Wallis, "IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (N-Z), England," IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 17 March 2012.
  10. Pallot's Marriage and Birth Indexes, Guide to Parishes (n.p.: n.p., n.d.). FHL British Book 942 V25pm.
  11. James Elmes, A Topographical Dictionary of London and its Environs (London: Whittaker, Treacher and Arnot, 1831). Adapted. Digitised by Google Books.
  12. Samuel A. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848) Adapted. Date accessed: 27 December 2013.


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