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St Dunstan in the East

"ST. DUNSTAN IN THE EAST, the church of, is situated between Idol-lane and St. Dunstan's-hill, Tower-street, the latter of which is carried from the south side of the lofty tower and spire of the church, southwards into Thames-street, opposite the eastern wing of the Custom-house. This church is dedicated to St. Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury, after whom it is called. . . . The ancient church was damaged by the great fire of 1666, and was shortly after repaired, but the elegant spire and tower were not finished till 1699. . . When Wren designed it, he had, no doubt, the steeples of the high church, Edinburgh, and of St Nicholas, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, in his mind's eye, but he has surpassed both in every essential quality of such a work. The body of the church, having been only repaired by Sir Christopher Wren, having fallen into decay, it was taken down and rebuilt in 1821, under the directions of Mr. David Laing, the architect of the Custom-house. . . It is a rectory, and one of the thirteen peculiars of the Archiepiscopal see of Canterbury. The present rector is the Rev. R. Hesketh, who was instituted by the archbishop in 1817." [James Elmes. A Topographical Dictionary of London and its Environs (1831) - transcribed by Brian Randell]

This parish - no. 89 in the above map - is located in Tower Ward.
The church was rebuilt in 1817-21, gutted in 1941, only tower remaining.
The parish was later united with Allhallows Barking by the Tower 1960.


Archives and Libraries

London Metropolitan Archive holdings for St Dunstan in the East.


Church History

St. Dunstan in the East Gardens, from the Historic UK website.

Green oasis 2 – St. Dunstan's - a well-illustrated historical account.


Church Records

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

No non-Church of England denominations have been identified for St Dunstan in the East [LDS FamilySearch Wiki].


Description and Travel

Wikipedia page on St Dunstan in the East.

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which St Dunstan in the East 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 Dunstan in the East parish, from the Worshipful Company of Parish Clerks.

Ledfors, Jennifer. The London parish and church of St. Dunstan in the East, c.1450-1550, PhD Thesis, Royal Holloway, University of London (2012) [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]

Land and Property

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


Names, Personal

Surnames from the 1881 census in the St Dunstan In East and St Dunstan In East London districts.



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



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