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St Benet Fink

"ST. BENNET or St. BENEDICT FINK, the Church of, is situated on the south side of Threadneedle-street, and derives its name and addition from having been dedicated to St. Benedict, an Italian saint, who was founder of the order of Benedictine monks, and from having been rebuilt by one Robert Fink or Finch, whose name is also borne by a neighbouring lane. It is of ancient origin, and though at present only a curacy, was formerly a rectory, John de Brakentree being rector thereof before the year 1333. The old church, having been destroyed by the great fire in 1666, the present edifice was erected by Sir Christopher Wren,- in its stead. The church, although a fine specimen of its author's genius, is scarcely so well known to the public as the celebrated vender of biscuits and fancy bread next door. It is built of stone, in an elliptical form, sixty-three feet in length, and forty-eight in width. . . . The patronage of this church was formerly in the noble family of the Nevils; but falling to the crown in the reign of Edward IV., that king gave it to the Dean and Chapter of Windsor. The impropriation is still in the said dean and chapter, who generally supply it with one of their own canons, who is licensed by the Bishop of London. The present curate is the Rev. C. R. Ashfield, who was instituted by the Dean and Chapter in 1818." [James Elmes. A Topographical Dictionary of London and its Environs (1831) - transcribed by Brian Randell]

This parish - no. 19 in the above map - is located in Broad Street Ward.
The church was destroyed in 1666, rebuilt by Wren, demolished 1844.
The parish was later united with St Peter le Poer 1842, St Michael Cornhill 1906.


Archives and Libraries

London Metropolitan Archive holdings for St Benet Fink.



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Church History

History of St Benet Fink (the City of London Church), provided on the website of St Benet Fink Tottenham.


Church Records

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

Non-Church of England denominations identified in St Peter le Poer with St Benet Fink include: Baptist (Seventh Day), Dutch Church, and French Church [LDS FamilySearch Wiki].


Description and Travel

Wikipedia page on St Benet Fink.

World Heritage Encycyclopedia page on St Benet Fink.

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Historical Geography

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Summary history of St Benet Fink parish, from the Worshipful Company of Parish Clerks.


Names, Personal

Surnames from the 1881 census in the St Benet Fink London district.



Clerical career summaries for the parish of St Benet Fink, from the Clergy of the Church of England Database website.



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