St Michael Wood Street with St Mary Staining, London Genealogy
"St Michael Wood Street with St Mary Staining, the church of, is situated on the west side of Wood Street, Cheapside. The original church is of some antiquity, [as early as]...1328. The old church was destoryed by the common conflagration of 1666, and the present church was erected a few years after from the designs of Sir Christopher Wren. The neighbouring church of St Mary Staining was also destroyed at the same time, and the parish was united to this act of parliament. The patronage of this rectory was anciently in the abbot and convent of St Albans, till the suppression of the religious houses by Henry VIII, who sold it to WIlliam Barwell, who in 1558 conveyed it to the trustees for the parishioners, in which it still remains. After the fire of London, the adjacent parish of St Mary Staining was united to it by act of parliament; the patronage of which devolving to the crown after the Reformation, it is now in the gift of the Lord Chancellor, and the united rectory is presented to alternately by his Lordship and the parishioners. The united parishes are now a rectory in the city, diocese and archdeaconry of London, and in before mentioned patronage."
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.
St Michael Wood Street and St Mary Staining maintained some of their parish records in separate registers.
"Christenings 1663-c1895, Marriages 1674-1754, 1813-1895, Burials 1813-c1853 destroyed by enemy action, 1940, but see coverage of marriages in Boyd and Pallot indexes." Bishop's transcripts for eighteenth-century christenings have also been lost.
Images of surviving parish registers (burials for the eighteenth century, for example, survive) are browseable in the following online collection, and some of the names have been indexed:
- London, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1812, courtesy: Ancestry ($).
- Christenings 1801-1811 (Batch C021052)
Marriages from 1780 to 1837 are indexed in:
- Marriages 1801-1811 (Batch M021052)
Marriages of St Michael Wood Street from 1559 to 1661 and 1754 to 1837 and St Mary Staining from 1629 to 1631 are indexed in:
Burials from 1813 to 1820 are indexed in:
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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- Inhabitants of London in 1638 - St. Mary Steinings (courtesy: British History Online)
- Hearth Tax: City of London 1666 - St Michael Wood Street, courtesy: British History Online
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.
Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish.
St Michael Wood Street Parish fell under the jurisdiction of the Commissary Court of the Bishop 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 Mary Staining Parish records)
- London Family History Centre Catalogue (St Michael Wood Street Parish records)
- Society of Genealogists Library Catalogue (to narrow results, conduct a subject search for 'London St Michael Wood Street' or 'London St Mary Staining')
- James Elmes, M.R. I. A., Architect, A Topographical Dictionary of London and its Envirions (London: Whittaker, Treacher and Arnot, 1831). Adapted.
- Cliff Webb, London and Middlesex (London: Society of Genealogists Ltd., 1995), 30. FHL Book 942 D27ste v. 9 pt. 5
- Hugh Wallis, "IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (A-M), England," Find My Past, 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," accessed 8 June 2011.
- "Parish Records - National Burial Index Records 1538 - 2005 Coverage," Find My Past, accessed 8 June 2011.