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St Christopher-le-Stock

"ST. Christopher le Stocks, so called from its proximity to the market, stood on part of the site of the present Bank of England. Seven streets now meet before the Bank and pour forth omnibuses, cabs, and other vehicles in an endless stream of traffic. Below are the white-bricked subways of the electric railway which form a safe crossing for those who cannot ford the river of traffic. St. Christopher le Stocks stood on the north side of Threadneedle Street in the ward of Broad Street. The date of its foundation is unknown. The building was much injured by the Great Fire and subsequently repaired. In 1780, after the Gordon Riots, it was taken down and its site is now covered by part of the Bank of England. The earliest date of an incumbent is 1280. The patronage of the church was in the hands of: The family of Nevil in 1281; the Bishop of London, 1415, in whose successors it continued up to 1783. Houseling people in 1548 were 221. . . Among notable vicars were John Pearson (1631-1686), the Bishop of Chester, the theologin, and William Peirse, Bishop of Peterborough in 1630." [Sir Walter Besant. The Survey of London (1903) - transcribed by Brian Randell]

This parish - no. 21 in the above map - is located in Broad Street Ward.
The church was destroyed in 1666, rebuilt by Wren, demolished 1781.
The parish was united with St Margaret Lothbury 1781.


Archives and Libraries

London Metropolitan Archive holdings for St Christopher-le-Stock.


Church History

Non-Church of England denominations identified in St Margaret Lothbury with St Christopher le Stocks and St Bartholomew by the Exchange include: Independent/Congregational and Presbyterian [LDS FamilySearch Wiki].

Freshfield, Edwin. On the parish books of St. Margaret-Lothbury, St. Christopher-le-Stocks, and St. Bartholomew-by-the-Exchange, in the city of London. London: Printed by J. B. Nichols and Sons (1876) 67pp. [Full text]
Freshfield, Edwin (ed.) The register book of the parish of St. Christopher le Stocks, in the city of London. London, Printed by Rixon and Arnold (1882) 3 vols. [Full text]
Freshfield, Edwin (ed.) Accomptes of the churchwardens of the paryshe of St. Christofer's in London. 1575 to 1662. London, Printed by Rixon and Arnold (1885) 124 pp. [Full text]

Church Records

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


Description and Travel

Wikipedia page on St Christopher-le-Stock.

World Heritage Encycyclopedia page on St Christopher-le-Stock.

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Historical Geography

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Summary history of St Christopher-le-Stock parish, from the Worshipful Company of Parish Clerks.


Land and Property

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


Names, Personal

Surnames from the 1881 census in the  St Christopher Le and St Christopher Le Stocks districts.



Clerical career summaries for the parish of St Christopher-le-Stock, from the Clergy of the Church of England Database website.



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 Christopher-le-Stock parish, listed on the LDS FamilySearch wiki.