St Matthew Friday Street with St Peter Cheap, London Genealogy

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England Gotoarrow.png London Gotoarrow.png London Parishes Gotoarrow.png St Matthew Friday Street with St Peter Cheap

Also known as St Peter West Cheap Parish.


Parish History

"St Matthew Friday Street with St Peter Cheap, the church of, is situated on the west side of the street, a short distance from Cheapside. The patronage of this church was anciently in the Abbot and Convent of Westminster, and upon their suppression, when the conventual church w asconverted into a cathedral, Henry VIII conferred it on the Bishop of Westminster; but on the dissolution of that new bishopric, Edward VI granted it to the Bishop of London in whom the advowson still continues.

"The old church was destroyed by the great fire of 1666, and the presnet plain, sold and useful structure erected in its stead by Sir Christopher Wren, in 1685. At the union of the small parishes of the city with the larger, that of St Peter Cheap, which stood at the corner of the Wood Street, Cheapside, was united to this. The aptronage of St Peter's was granted by the crown after the Reformation, to private hands.

"The united parishes form one rectory, in the city, diocese and archdeaconry of London, and in the laternate patronage of the Bishop of London and the Duke of Buccleugh."[1]

St Matthew Friday Street and St Peter Cheap parishes were part of Bread Street 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

Pallot: 1780-1837

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.

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Census records

1541 Subsidy

1582 Subsidy

1589 Subsidy

1638 Inhabitants List

1666 Hearth Tax

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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 has more about this subject: St Peter, Westcheap
Wikipedia has more about this subject: St Matthew Friday Street


  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.