Kennington Carlisle Chapel

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Kennington Vauxhall Chapel, Surrey family history and genealogy research page. Guide to parish registers (baptisms, christenings, marriages, and burials), civil registration (births, marriages, and deaths), census records, history, wills, cemetery, online transcriptions and indexes, an interactive map and website resources.

Chapel History

Kennington Carlisle Chapel was built as a chapel for the Independents (Congregationalists) in 1796, but was later purchased as an Anglican chapel by about 1847, and stood within the ancient parish boundary of Lambeth St Mary's. The Georgian 'Carlisle Chapel' was in Kennington-Lane, Lambeth. It was originally constructed in approximately 1796, its origins began as a private chapel, becoming an Anglican proprietary chapel by the 1840's (it may also have been known as St James [North] Lambeth). By 1875, it was made a conventional district of St Mark's District Church. The chapel was capable of accommodating close to five hundred people. It stood on the other side of the road from the parish church of St Mary's Newington and only 100 metres away but in a different parish and borough."

'KENNINGTON, Vauxhall Chapel was [according to Samuel Lewis] an Episcopal chapel and likely a  district chapelry, in the parish [by 1848] and union of Lambeth St Mary's, east division of the hundred of Brixton, county of Surrey, 2½ miles (S. S. W.) from London. There are four additional episcopal chapels in the district, namely, Carlisle Chapel, originally an Independent chapel built about 1796 but later became an Anglican chapel in the early to mid-1840's; St Mark's Chapel, Upper Kennington-Lane; Verulam Chapel, Walcot-Place; and St. James's, in Clayton-place. The Independents have two places of worship, and the Baptists and Wesleyans one each.'[1]


Civil Registration

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Church records

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Census records

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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.

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

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.

Poor Law Unions

Lambeth Poor Law Union

Probate records

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

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Web sites



  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 652-659. Adapted. Date accessed: 18 November 2010.