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St Mary at Hill

"ST. MARY-AT-HILL, the church of, is situated on the west side of St. Mary's-hill, Lower Thames-street, and is so named from its situation. It is called in ancient records St Mariæ ad Montem. This church is of considerable antiquity, since a chantery was founded in it by Rose de Wrytell, in 1330. . . It was rebuilt in 1497, and was much damaged by the great fire of 1666. After a substantial repair, between the years 1672 and 1677, by Sir Christopher Wren, the parish of St. Andrew Hubbard was united to it by act of parliament. The advowson of this church appears always to have been in private hands, till about the year 1638, when it was purchased by the parishioners, but since its union with the parish of St. Andrew Hubbard, the patronage of which is in the Duke of Northumberland, the parish and his Grace present alternately. It is a rectory, in the city, diocese and archdeaconry of London, and its present rector is the Rev. W. J. Rodber, who was instituted by the parishioners in 1826." [James Elmes. A Topographical Dictionary of London and its Environs (1831) - transcribed by Brian Randell]

This parish - no. 92 in the above map - is located in Billingsgate Ward.
The church dates from before the Great Fire, and was rebuilt by Wren 1670-6, tower 1780, interior 1843.


Archives and Libraries

London Metropolitan Archive holdings for St Mary at Hill.


Church History

History page, on the St Mary at Hill website.

St Mary at Hill and Lovat Lane - history and photographs, from the London Inheritance website.

Hauer, Christian E., Jr. and Young, William A. A comprehensive history of the London church and parish of St. Mary, the Virgin, Aldermanbury : the phoenix of Aldermanbury Lewiston [N.Y.] : E. Mellen Press (c1994) 435pp. [Con tents]
Stamp, Gavin. The unhappy fate of Christopher Wren's city churches. Apollo (2 Sep 2014) [Full text]

Church Records

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

Presbyterian is the only identified non-Church of England denomination in St Mary at Hill with St Andrew Hubbard.

Littlehales, Henry (ed.), The Medieval Records of A London City Church St Mary At Hill, 1420-1559 (London, 1905) [British History Online, and University of Michigan]

Description and Travel

Wikipedia page on St Mary at Hill.

World Heritage Encycyclopedia page on St Mary at Hill.

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Historical Geography

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

Shaping the Parish: St Mary at Hill, London, in the Fifteenth Century, by Clive Burgess.


Land and Property

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


Names, Personal

Surnames from the 1881 census in the St Mary at Hill district.



Clerical career summaries for the parish of (i) St Mary at Hill and (ii) St Mary At Hill With St Andrew Hubbard, from the Clergy of the Church of England Database website.



The 16th Century Choir School at St. Mary-at-Hill, by Louise Rayment.

The 16th Century Choir School at St. Mary-at-Hill by Louse Rayment.



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