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Parish History

Plumstead is a district of the London Borough of Greenwich Plumstead Wikipedia

Historically Plumstead included parts of Shooters Hill Shooter's Hill Wikipedia and Abbey Wood Abbey Wood Wikipedia

Plumstead St Nicholas is an Ancient Parish which included the chapelry of East Wickham, Kent

Refer to Plumstead North West Kent Family History Society

to locate parishes in the Plumstead area and to view parish boundary map Plumstead St Nicholas

The church of St Nicholas St Nicholas Road Woolwich has been designated as a grade II* listed building British listed building

From this ancient parish were formed 6 other churches and chapels see Plumstead North West Kent Family History Society


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 Plumstead St Nicholas Parish Register Images and Indexes
1654-1813 Ancestry baptisms, marriages, and burials[1]
1753-1894 Ancestry[2] 1755-1898 Ancestry[3] 1783-1945

Kent Online Parish Clerks (OPC)

Records for Plumstead are found at

Greenwich Heritage Centre
Artillery Square,
Royal Arsenal,
SE18 6ST
020 8854 2452

Medway Archives Office
Civic Centre
Kent ME2 4AU
Telephone: 01634 332714
Fax: 01634 297060

London Metropolitan Archives
40 Northampton Road
Tel: 020 7332 3820
Fax: 020 7833 9136

International Genealogical Index Christenings 1813-1853 Batch (C165102)

Family History Library film numbers

Bishop's transcripts of Plumstead, 1744-1853

See also England, Kent, Parish Registers and Bishop's Transcripts (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts, non conformist and other types of church records, such as parish chest records.

Land Tax

Images for Plumstead are available at FamilySearch Records see England, Kent, Land Tax Assessments (FamilySearch Historical Records) 1780-1832

Census records

Census returns for Plumstead 1841-1891

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Many archives and local history collections in public libraries in England and Wales offer online census searches and also hold microfilm or fiche census returns.

Images of the census for 1841-1891 can be viewed in census collections at Ancestry (fee payable) or Find My Past (fee payable)

The 1851 census of England and Wales attempted to identify religious places of worship in addition to the household survey census returns.

Ancestry UK Census Collection

Find my Past census search 1841-1901

Prior to the 1911 census the household schedule was destroyed and only the enumerator's schedule survives.

The 1911 census of England and Wales was taken on the night of Sunday 2 April 1911 and in addition to households and institutions such as prisons and workhouses, canal boats merchant ships and naval vessels it attempted to include homeless persons. The schedule was completed by an individual and for the first time both this record and the enumerator's schedule were preserved.
Two forms of boycott of the census by women are possible due to frustration at government failure to grant women the universal right to vote in parliamentary and local elections. The schedule either records a protest by failure to complete the form in respect of the women in the household or women are absent due to organisation of groups of women staying away from home for the whole night. Research estimates that several thousand women are not found by census search.
Find my Past 1911 census search

Poor Law Unions

Gotoarrow.png See Lewisham Poor Law Union, Kent

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Kent Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers

PLUMSTEAD (St. Nicholas), a parish, in the union of Lewisham, hundred of Lessness, lathe of Suttonat-Hone, W. division of Kent, 10 miles (S. by E.) from London. [5]

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

Web sites


  1. London, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1812, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as St Nicholas, Plumstead in Greenwich Borough. Marriages from 1754 to 1812 are not included in this database. Partially indexed.
  2. London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as Plumstead St Nicholas in Greenwich Borough. Partially indexed.
  3. London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as Plumstead St Nicholas in Greenwich Borough. Partially indexed.
  4. London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as Plumstead St Nicholas in Greenwich Borough. Partially indexed.
  5. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 578-586. Date accessed: 27 April 2013.


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