St Bride


"ST. BRIDE'S or ST. BRIDGET'S, Fleet street, the Church of, is situated to the southward of [ST. BRIDE'S] Avenue, and is bounded by the Avenue on the north; St. Bride's-passage, Salisbury-square, on the west; Bride-lane on the east, and the backs of the houses of Bell's-buildings on the south. This church is a fabric of great strength and beauty, and forms one of the most striking features of the metropolis. . . . The old church was so much damaged by the fire of 1666, that it was taken down and entirely rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren, who completed it for divine service in 1680, and further embellished it in 1699. The tower and steeple were began in October 1701, and completed in 1703. The church has since that time undergone several expensive repairs, and has been recently restored and beautified in a manner deserving its great reputation, and creditable to the munificence of the parishioners. This church appears to be of considerable antiquity, as there are records of three rectors previous to 1362. . . It was originally a rectory in the patronage of the Abbot and Convent of Westminster, and is supposed to have been converted into a vicarage about the year 1529. . .. The present vicar is the Rev. Joseph Allen, D.D., Prebendary of Westminster, and Vicar of Battersea. He was instituted by the Dean and Chapter in 1829." [J. Elmes, A Topographical Dictionary of London and its Environs (1831) - transcribed by Brian Randell]


This parish is located in Farringdon Without Ward.
The church was destroyed in 1666 and not rebuilt.
The parish was later united with St George Botolph Lane 1670, St Mary at Hill 1901.


Archives & Libraries

London Metropolitan Archive holdings for St Bride.

St Bride Foundation Library - "a world-class resource, with extensive collections relating to printing, typography and graphic design".


Church History

St Bride's: History - a multi-page account, on the church website.

Fascinating history buried deep below St Bride's church - from ITV News website.


Bell, W.G. Fleet Street in seven centuries: Being a History of the Growth of London Beyond the Walls Into the Western Liberty, and of Fleet Street to Our Time. London: Sir I. Pitman (1912) 710pp. [Full text]
Noble, T. C. Memorials of Temple Bar : with some account of Fleet Street, and the parishes of St. Dunstan and St. Bride, London: chiefly derived from ancient records and original sources. London : Diprose & Bateman, [1869] 140 pp. [Full Text]

Church Records

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


Description & Travel

Wikipedia page on St Bride.

World Heritage Encycyclopedia page on St Bride.

You can see pictures of St Bride which are provided by:




Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which St Bride has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



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

St Bride Foundation: Where Fleet Street Learned to Print, by Ursula Jeffries.

A paper on the history of Fleet Street, by Christopher Mitchell, presented to the Guildhall Historical Association in 2001.

Fleet Street: the Place and the Concept, a paper by Joyce C. Nash, to the Guildhall Historical Association in 1994.

Blackfriars Bridge, a paper by P.E. Jones, to the Guildhall Historical Association in 1954.


Land & Property

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



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TQ316811 (Lat/Lon: 51.513687, -0.10548), St Bride which are provided by:


Names, Personal

Surnames from the 1881 census in the St Bride London district.



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


Poor Houses, Poor Law

A report on the parish workhouse is given in City of London Parish Workhouses.



Brief state of St. Bride's charity-schools; with a list of the trustees and subscribers. Nicholson And Son, Printers (1803) 1699. [Full text]


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