St Dunstan in the West


"ST. DUNSTAN IN THE WEST, the church of, is situated on the north side of the west end of Fleet-street, where it has been long known as a grievous incumbrance to hackney and stage coachmen, drivers of omnibuses, and country females. But as it is about to be taken down, to the infinite regret of the city pickpockets, any description of it is unnecessary. It, however, unfortunately for the public, narrowly escaped destruction by the great fire of 1666, the flames having been stopped within three houses of its walls. It has been several times repaired, but it will, ere long, perhaps while these lines are being printed, be removed. It is a church of very ancient foundation, in the gift of the abbot and convent of Westminster, who in 1237 gave it to Henry III. towards the maintenance of the foundation of the house called the Rolls, for the reception of converted Jews. . . . The present vicar, is the Rev. Richard Lloyd, who was instituted by the Rev. C. Simeon, and the Society for Purchasing Livings, in 1805." [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 rebuilt by John Shaw and John Shaw jnr in 1831-3.


Archives and Libraries

London Metropolitan Archive holdings for St Dunstan in the West.


Church History

History section, St Dunstan in the West website.

Notes on Some of the Guild Churches, a paper by Sir Frederick Tidbury-Beer, to the Guildhall Historical Association.

An Historical Account of the Constitution of the Vestry of the Parish of St. Dunstan's in the West, London: Wherein are Discovered, the Secret Managements of Certain Select Parish Officers ... With an Appendix, Wherein Some Notice is Taken of the Mismanagement of the Assessors and Collectors of the Land Tax in the Aforesaid Parish ..., Printed for, and sold by John Morphew near Stationers-hall., (1714) 38pp. [Full text]

Church Records

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

Bell, W.G.. 'Wardmote Inquest Registers of St Dunstan's in the West' London and Middlesex Archaeological Society Transactions n.s., 3 (1914-17), pp. 56-70.

Description and Travel

Wikipedia page on St Dunstan in the West.

World Heritage Encycyclopedia page on St Dunstan in the West.

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Historical Geography

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

St Dunstan In The West And An Honest Solicitor - lavishly illustrated account of the history of the church and parish, on alondoninheritance.com.

Epidemics and the Built Environment in 1665 - article in History in Focus by Justin Champion, that includes an exploration of the impact of the plague in the parish of St Dunstan in the West.

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.

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]

Land and Property

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



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TQ313812 (Lat/Lon: 51.514116, -0.109786), St Dunstan in the West which are provided by:


Names, Personal

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



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


Poor Houses, Poor Law, etc.

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



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