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St Edmund the King

"ST. EDMOND the KING, the church of, is situated on the north side of Lombard-street, between George-yard and Birchin-lane. This church derives its names from being dedicated to St. Edmund, king of the East Angles, who was murdered by the Danes in 870. The original church is supposed to have been built in the Saxon heptarchy, and the late church was destroyed in the great fire of 1606. The present church was built by Sir Christopher Wren, and finished in 1690. . . At the south end is a square tower, with a well-proportioned spire, and a dial projecting into the street. This church is a rectory in the patronage of the King and the Archbishop of Canter- bury alternately. The parish is united to that of St. Nicholas Acons, the church of which, before the fire of London, stood on the west side of St. Nicholas, and was a rectory in the gift of the crown, as that of St. Edmund was in the gift of the Archbishop of Canterbury; and hence the alternate patronage. These united parishes are in the ward of Langbourn, in the archdeaconry of London; and their present rector is the Rev. Richard Lendon, a prebendary of St. Paul's, who was instituted by the king 1n 1811." [James Elmes. A Topographical Dictionary of London and its Environs (1831) - transcribed by Brian Randell]

This parish - no. 60 in the above map - is located in Langbourn Ward.
The church was built by Wren 1670-9.


Archives and Libraries

London Metropolitan Archive holdings for St Edmund the King.


Church Records

Online Parish Register Images and Indexes for St Edmund the King 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 Edmund the King with St Nicholas Acons [LDS FamilySearch Wiki].


Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

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


Names, Personal

Surnames from the 1881 census in the St Edmond King London district.



Clerical career summaries for the parish of (i) St Edmund the King and (ii) St Edmund The King With St Nicholas Acons, from the Clergy of the Church of England Database website.



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