St Benet Paul's Wharf with St Peter Paul's Wharf, London Genealogy
- 1 Parish History
- 2 Resources
- 3 Maps and Gazetteers
- 4 Web sites
- 5 References
St Benet Paul's Wharf with St Peter Paul's Wharf, Upper Thames Street, the church of, is situated at the southwest corner of St. Bennet's Hill, Doctors Common; and upper Thames Street. Its name is derived from being dedicated to the same Saint as the last [St Bennet Gracechurch], and from its vicinity to Paul's Wharf. This church is a very ancient foundation, and appears from the registry of Diceto, dean of St. Paul's, under the year 1181. Its distinguishing epithet has been frequently changed, having been called at various times St. Bennet Huda, and St. Bennet, Wood Wharf, as well as by its present appellation.
The ancient church on this site having been destroyed by the fire of London in 1666, the present building was erected in its stead by Sir Christopher Wren, who finished it in 1683. It is a plain brick structure with some architraves travelers to the windows, and festoons over them. The tower is at the corner, and this surmounted by a small cupola and spire, the finial of which is 118 feet from the ground. The interior is very square, being 54 feet long, and 50 broad, by 36 in height. Since the fire the church is also parochial for the parish of St. Peter, Paul's Wharf, anciently denominated St. Peter's parva, from the smallness of its dimensions, and to which it is united, the church of which was also destroyed at the same time. It is a rectory, and as the patronage of both parishes appear to have been always in the dean in chapter of St. Paul's, ...
These parishes were part of Queenhithe Ward.
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.
Historically, St Benet Paul's Wharf and St Peter Paul's Wharf were two individual parishes. Each maintained separate parish registers.
Images of surviving parish registers are browseable in the following online collection (some names are indexed):
- London, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1812, courtesy: Ancestry ($).
- Christenings 1607-1837 (Batch P001371)
- Christenings 1619-1837 (Batch P001361)
Digital images of baptisms of St Benet Paul's Wharf from 1813 to 1906 and St Peter Paul's Wharf from 1813 to 1886 (gaps) are browseable online (some indexed names) at:
Marriages from 1780 to 1837 are indexed in:
Browseable images of St Benet Paul's Wharf marriages from 1754 to 1879 and St Peter Paul's Wharf dated 1828 and 1834 are available online (some names are indexed):
- Marriages 1607-1625, 1639-1660, 1698-1704, and 1828-1834 (Batch M001371)
- Marriages 1619-1668, 1680-1879 (Batch M001371)
Burials of St Benet Paul's Wharf from 1837 to 1853 and St Peter Paul's Wharf from 1838 to 1849 are indexed in:
Burials of St Benet Paul's Wharf from 1615 to 1855 and St Peter Paul's Wharf from 1607 to 1837 are indexed in:
Digital images of burials of St Benet Paul's Wharf from 1813 to 1853 and St Peter Paul's Wharf from 1813 to 1849 are browseable online (some indexed names) at:
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.
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1638 Inhabitants List
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Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish.
Before 1858, St Benet Paul's Wharf and St Peter Paul's Wharf parishes fell under the jurisdiction of the Commissary Court of London.
Go to London Probate Records to find the names of the courts having secondary 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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- London Family History Centre Catalogue (St Benet Paul's Wharf Parish)
- London Family History Centre Catalogue (St Peter Paul's Wharf Parish)
- Society of Genealogists Library Catalogue (to narrow results, conduct subject searches for 'London St Benet Paul's Wharf' or 'London St Peter Paul's Wharf')
- 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.
- Hugh Wallis, "IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (A-M), England," IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 8 June 2011.
- John Hanson, "City of London Burials," Find My Past, accessed 8 June 2011.
- "Boyd's London Burials Index - places and counts," Find My Past, accessed 8 June 2011.