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St Mary Somerset

"ST. MARY SOMERSET, the church of, is situated on the north side of Upper Thames~street, opposite Broken-wharf, and derives its addition, says Stowe, from its contiguity to a small hithe or haven, called Summer's het, or hithe, since corrupted to Somerset. It appears from ancient records that a church stood on this site before the year 1335, but sharing the fate of most of the other buildings, in the fire of London, the present church was erected in its stead by Sir Christopher Wren, and finished in 1695. After the fire of London, the parish of St. Mary Monthaw was united to this parish by act of parliament. The patronage of the church of St. Mary Somerset, was anciently in lay hands, but after the reformation falling to the crown, it was granted to the Bishops of London for ever; and that of St. Mary Monthaw has been for a long time past in the Bishops of Hereford: these prelates, therefore, present alternately. The church is a rectory in the city, diocese and archdeaconry of London, and the present rector is the Rev. John S. Sergrove, Rector of Cooling, who was instituted by the Bishop of London in 1808." [James Elmes. A Topographical Dictionary of London and its Environs (1831) - transcribed by Brian Randell]

This parish - no. 74 in the above map - is located in Queenhithe Ward.
The church was damaged in 1666, rebuilt by Wren 1695 was demolished in 1872 with only the tower remaining.
The parish was later united with St Nicholas Cole Abbey 1866.


Archives and Libraries

London Metropolitan Archive holdings for St Mary Somerset.



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Church Records

Online Parish Register Images and Indexes for St Mary Somerset 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 Mary Somerset with St Mary Mounthaw [LDS FamilySearch Wiki].


Description and Travel

Wikipedia page on St Mary Somerset.

World Heritage Encycyclopedia page on St Mary Somerset.

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Historical Geography

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


Land and Property

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


Names, Personal

Surnames from the 1881 census in the S t Mary Somerset and St Mary Somerset London districts.



Clerical career summaries for the parish of (i) St Mary Somerset and (ii) St Mary Somerset With St Mary Mounthaw, from the Clergy of the Church of England Database website.



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