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Parish History

St Benet Gracechurch with St Leonard Eastcheap, the church of is situated at the southwest corner of Fenchurch Street and Grace Church Street, near the office of Lombard Street. It derives its name from its dedication to St. Benedict, or Bennett, and its vicinity to the grass market, which was anciently held before its western door.  The old church was destroyed by the great fire in 1666, and rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren.  It is a handsome church, and of the harmonious proportions of a double cube, being 60 feet in length, 30 and breath, and 32 in height, the 2 feet in height being allowed by our great master to compensate for optical defect. It is a richly ornamented after the fashion of the day, as Hanson molded wainscot, carved pulpit and altar, and a richly carved font.  It was finished for divine service in 1685.  The exterior is finished by a handsome Corning's, a lofty blocking course, and light balustrade.  The tower begins from the ground, like all of Wren's, and the tower above the is lofty and obeliscal, beginning from five small porticos and finishing with a ball and vane.

The church of St. Leonard Eastcheap, was also destroyed at the same time, and the present church is now the parochial church of the two united parishes.  It is a rectory, patronage of which appears to have remained in the dean and chapter of St. Paul's; but as the patronage of the rectory of St. Leonard was anciently in the priors and content of Canterbury and since the Reformation, in the dean and chapter of that city, of which it is one of the 13 players within the city, the presentation is alternately with St. Paul's in Canterbury.[1]

These parishes belonged to Bridge Ward.

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

St Benet Gracechurch Parish

Online St Benet Gracechurch Parish Register Images and Indexes
  Baptisms Marriages Burials
Earliest 1558 1558 1558
Images 1558-1812 Ancestry baptisms, marriages, and burials[2]
1813-1866 Ancestry[3] 1754-1865 Ancestry[4] 1813-1853 Ancestry[5]
Indexes 1730-1866 FamilySearch[6] 1558-1837 FindMyPast[7] 1558-1851 FindMyPast[8]
    1730-1837

FamilySearch[9]

1807-1853 FindMyPast[10]
    xxxx Ancestry[11]    

St Leonard Eastcheap Parish

Online St Leonard Eastcheap Parish Register Images and Indexes
  Baptisms Marriages Burials
Earliest 1538 1538 1538
Images 1538-1813 Ancestry baptisms, marriages, and burials[12]
1813 Ancestry[13]
Indexes 1730-1866 FamilySearch[14] 1538-1705 FindMyPast[15] 1538-1812 FindMyPast[16]
    1730-1837

FamilySearch[17]

1807-1853 FindMyPast[18]
    xxxx Ancestry[19]    

To find the names of the neighboring 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

1541 Subsidy

1582 Subsidy

1638 Inhabitants List

1666 Hearth Tax

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Church Records

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Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to London 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

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Maps and Gazetteers

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Web Sites

Wikipedia
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References

  1. James Elmes, M.R. I. A., Architect, A Topographical Dictionary of London and its Envirions (London: Whittaker, Treacher and Arnot, 1831). Adapted. Digital version: Google Books.
  2. London, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1812, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as St Benet Gracechurch in the City of London. Marriages from 1754 to 1812 are not included in this database. Partially indexed.
  3. London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as St Benet Gracechurch in the City of London. Partially indexed.
  4. London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as St Benet Gracechurch in the City of London. Partially indexed.
  5. London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as St Benet Gracechurch in the City of London. Partially indexed.
  6. Batches C022512-C022514, see: Hugh Wallis, "IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (A-M), England," IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 8 June 2011. Indexes parish register xxx.
  7. "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
  8. "Boyd's London Burials Index - places and counts," Find My Past, accessed 8 June 2011. Indexes adult male burials only.
  9. Batches M022511-M022512, see: Hugh Wallis, "IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (A-M), England," IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 8 June 2011. Indexes parish register xxx.
  10. John Hanson, "City of London Burials," Find My Past, accessed 8 June 2011.
  11. Pallot's Marriage and Birth Indexes, Guide to Parishes (n.p.: n.p., n.d.). FHL British Book 942 V25pm
  12. London, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1812, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as St Leonard Eastcheap in the City of London. Marriages from 1754 to 1812 are not included in this database. Partially indexed.
  13. London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as St Leonard Eastcheap in the City of London. Partially indexed.
  14. Batches C022512-C022514, see: Hugh Wallis, "IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (A-M), England," IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 8 June 2011. Indexes parish register xxx.
  15. "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
  16. "Boyd's London Burials Index - places and counts," Find My Past, accessed 8 June 2011. Indexes adult male burials only.
  17. Batches M022511-M022512, see: Hugh Wallis, "IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (A-M), England," IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 8 June 2011. Indexes parish register xxx.
  18. John Hanson, "City of London Burials," Find My Past, accessed 8 June 2011.
  19. Pallot's Marriage and Birth Indexes, Guide to Parishes (n.p.: n.p., n.d.). FHL British Book 942 V25pm

 

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