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St Katherine Coleman

"ST. CATHERINE, or KATHERINE, COLEMAN, the church of, is situated on the east side of Church-row, on the south side of Fenchurch-street, about ten houses eastward of Mark-lane, with which it also communicates. It derives its name and addition from being dedicated to St. Katherine, a virgin and martyr of Alexandria, and from being situated on a spot anciently called Coleman Haw. It is a very ancient rectory, as there are records of its being so in 1346. The old church was substantially repaired, and a south aisle added in 1489, by Sir William White, then Lord Mayor of London. It escaped the great fire of 1666; but being very much out of repair, and much buried by the raising of the causeway in Fenchurch-street, it was pulled down in 1734, and the present church erected at the expense of the parish. It is a plain, well-built church, with a lofty nave, lighted with two rows of windows. . . . This church was originally in the patronage of the Dean of St. Martin's-le- Grand, and so continued till that religious house, with all its appurtenances, was annexed to the Abbey of Westminster, after which it fell to the ground, and the advowson was given by Queen Mary, in the first year of her reign, to the Bishop of London and his successors in that see for ever. The advowson is still under the same patronage, and the present rector is the Rev. Thomas Horne, who was instituted in 1812." [James Elmes. A Topographical Dictionary of London and its Environs (1831) - transcribed by Brian Randell]

This parish - no. 55 in the above map - is located in Aldgate Ward.
The church was destroyed in 1666, rebuilt in 1738-41, demolished 1926.
The parish was later united with St Olave Hart Street 1921.


Archives and Libraries

London Metropolitan Archive holdings for St Katherine Coleman.


Church History

Wellard, Tom. History of the united benefice of St. Olave Hart Street and All Hallows Staining with St. Catherine Coleman Typewritten (1966?) 277pp. [Guildhall Library]

Church Records

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

Jewish is the only identified non-Church of England denomination in St Katherine Coleman.


Description and Travel

Wikipedia page on St Katherine Coleman.

World Heritage Encycyclopedia page on St Katherine Coleman.

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Historical Geography

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


Land and Property

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


Names, Personal

Surnames from the 1881 census in the St Katherine Coleman district.



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



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