St Helen Bishopsgate, London Genealogy

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Parish History

"St Helen Bishopsgate, the church of, is situated nearly in the middle of great St. Helens. It derives its name from its being dedicated to St. Helen's, the mother of Constantine the great, and escaped the great fire in 1666. You prepared and the new tower built in 1669, and contains many curious monuments among which is that of Francis Bancroft, who founded the alms houses called after his name. The patronage of his church appears to have been very anciently in lay hands, for in the reign of Henry the second, Randolph and his son, Robert, granted it to the dean and chapter of St. Paul's, by whom it was afterwards granted to William Fitzwilliam, who, in 1212 founded the priory of St. Helen, and conferred advowson of the church on prior S. and nuns, in whom it continued till the suppression of their convent in 1539 when it devoled to the crown. In 1551, Edward VI granted it to Ridley, Bishop of London and his successors, which was confirmed by Queen Mary, in 1553; but it appears to have again reverted to the crown; for in 1568, Queen Elizabeth granted it, by lease to Caesar Aldermary Thomas Colcel in trust for the parishioners, for a term of 21 years. This church is a vicarage, in the archdeaconry of London..."[1]

St Helen Bishopgate belonged to Bishopsgate Ward.


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 St Helen Bishopgate Parish Register Images and Indexes
1575-1813 Ancestry baptisms, marriages, and burials[2]
1813-1906 Ancestry[3] 1754-1870 Ancestry[4] 1813-1851 Ancestry[5]
Indexes 1575-1837
FamilySearch[6] 1575-1870 FamilySearch[7] 1264-1837 FindMyPast[8]
1575-1837 TheGenealogist[9] 1575-1837 FindMyPast[10] 1575-1837 TheGenealogist[9]
1575-1837 InternetArchive[11] 1575-1837 InternetArchive[11] 1575-1837 InternetArchive[11]
    1780-1837 Ancestry[12] 1754-1853 FindMyPast[13]

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.

Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts, nonconformist and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. Add the contact information for the office holding the original records. Add links to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection.

Census records

1541 Subsidy
1582 Subsidy

1625 Subsidy

  • St Helen, Bishopsgate Ward, London (The National Archives, Ref: E179/147/511); copy: FHL Film 2228703.

1638 Inhabitants List

1666 Hearth Tax

Contributor: Include an overview if there is any unique information, such as the census for X year was destroyed. Add a link to online sites for indexes and/or images. Also add a link to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection.

Probate records

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

Before 1858, St Helen Bishopsgate, London Genealogy fell under the jurisdiction of the Court of the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of St Paul's Cathedral. From 1858 to the present, refer to the Principal Probate Registry.

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.



Transcripts of early St Helen Bishopsgate, London Genealogy tombs found in the interior of the church were published in Catalogue of the most Memorable Persons who had visible Tombs, plated Gravestones ... in the City of London (through) A.D. 1700, which is available online.[14]

A cemetery survey (1910), available online, covers monumental inscriptions in the St Helen Bishopsgate churchyard.[15]

Poor Law Unions

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Maps and Gazetteers

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Wikipedia has more about this subject: St Helen's Bishopsgate

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