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St Andrew Undershaft

"ST ANDREW, Undershaft, the church of, is situated at the south-east corner of the street called St Mary-axe and Leadenhall-street. There was a church on this site dedicated to the same saint as early as the year 1362, which was pulled down in 1532, and the present church erected in its room, at the expense of William FitzWilliams, who was sheriff in 1507. It derived its name of Undershaft from a very lofty May-pole, anciently called a shaft which was annually raised in the street near to it on May-day, and was higher than the steeple. The church is a plain Gothic structure, with a well lighted body, and a square tower, with pinnacles at the angles, and a campanile with six bells within them. It is a rectory, in the gift of the Bishop of London, and is celebrated as containing the monument raised in memory of the faithful and able historiographer of the day, John Stow, who died on the 5th April, 1605, and, to the disgrace of his contemporaries, in great poverty. Its present rector is the Rev. Wm. Antrobus, who was instituted in 1794." [James Elmes. A Topographical Dictionary of London and its Environs (1831) - transcribed by Brian Randell]

This parish - no. 52 in the above map - is located in Aldgate Ward.
The church was damaged by a terrorist bomb in 1992 - a 17th century stained glass window was destroyed.


Archives and Libraries

London Metropolitan Archive holdings for St Andrew Undershaft.


Church Records

Online Parish Register Images and Indexes for St Andrew Undershaft parish are provided by, or at various subscription sites via, the LDS FamilySearch wiki.

Non-Church of England denominations identified in St Andrew Undershaft with St Mary Axe include: Independent/Congregational and Wesleyan Methodist [LDS FamilySearch Wiki].


Description and Travel

Wikipedia page on St Andrew Undershaft.

World Heritage Encycyclopedia page on St Andrew Undershaft.

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Historical Geography

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Summary history of St Andrew Undershaft parish, from the Worshipful Company of Parish Clerks.

St. Mary Axe was a medieval parish in the City of London whose name survives as that of the street which it formerly occupied. The Church of St Mary Axe was demolished in 1561 and its parish united with that of St Andrew Undershaft, which is situated on the corner of St. Mary Axe and Leadenhall Street. []

St. Andrew Undershaft - a survivor of the Great Fire & Blitz, from London Unveiled.


Land and Property

Public Houses, Inns & Taverns of the parish of St Andrew Undershaft - provides "information from census records, trade directories, etc."


Names, Personal

Surnames from the 1881 census in the St Andrew Undershaft district.



Clerical career summaries for the parish of (i) St Andrew Undershaft, (ii) St Mary Axe and (iii) St Andrew Undershaft With St Mary Axe, from the Clergy of the Church of England Database website.



Sources for listings of taxpayer names for St Andrew Undershaft parish, listed on the LDS FamilySearch wiki.