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St Botolph without Bishopsgate

"ST. BOTOLPH, Bishopsgate, the church of, is situated on the west side of Bishopsgate-street Without, and nearly opposite the western end of Houndsditch. The ancient church of this name was of very ancient foundation, and received its name from the before-mentioned Anglo Saxon Saint, who died about the year 680. The first authentic account of this church is in 1323, when John de Northampton resigned the rectorship, which then was, and still is, in the gift of the Bishop of London. The old church which stood upon the bank of the ancient city ditch escaped the fire of London, but became so ruinous that it was taken down in 1726, and rebuilt firom the designs of the elder George Dance. It was finished in 1729, and is a spacious, substantial, and well built structure. The spire is peculiarly handsome, and with that of Shoreditch, by the same architect, among the best since the days of Wren. . . . The living is a rectory in the gift of the king and the Bishop of London, and the present incumbent is the Hon. and Rev. E. Grey, who was instituted by the King in 1828." [J. Elmes, A Topographical Dictionary of London and its Environs (1831) - transcribed by Brian Randell]

This parish is located in Bishopsgate Ward.


Archives and Libraries

London Metropolitan Archive holdings for St Botolph without Bishopsgate.



Biography of John Keats, bapt. St Botolph without Bishopsgate 1795, from .


Church History

Parish and Ward Church of St Botolph without Bishopsgate - website - provides history of the church, a list of rectors (1390-2007), and information about the associated livery companies.

Staples, Sir John. Notes on St. Botolph, without Aldersgate, London. [London] Printed by W.H. and L. Collingridge (1881) 69pp. [Full text]

Church Records

Online Parish Register Images and Indexes for St Botolph without Bishopsgate are provided by, or at various subscription sites via, the LDS FamilySearch wiki.

Hallen, A. W. Cornelius. The registers of St. Botolph, Bishopsgate, London. Edinburgh, Printed by T. and A. Constable (1889-1895) 3 vols. [Full text]

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

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Summary history of St Botolph without Bishopsgate parish, from the Worshipful Company of Parish Clerks.


Land and Property

Public Houses, Inns & Taverns of the parish of St Botolph without Bishopsgate - provides "information from census records, trade directories, etc."


Military Records

Bishopsgate Parish Memorial - "an unusually early First World War memorial dating to 1916, thought to be the first freestanding memorial raised in London, commemorating both named war heroes and un-named local servicemen who had died in the first two years of the conflict". See also St Botolph Without Bishopsgate Church Cross WW1.


Names, Personal

Surnames from the 1881 census in the St Botolph Bishopsgate district.



Clerical career summaries for the parish of St Botolph without Bishopsgate, from the Clergy of the Church of England Database website.



Central Foundation Girls School - history and archive resources - "In 1697 a small Charity School for 20 boys was set up in the parish of St. Botolph's, London. It was to be financially supported by the churchgoers of the parish of St. Botolph without Bishopsgate."



Sources for listings of taxpayer names for St Botolph without Bishopsgate parish, listed on the LDS FamilySearch wiki.