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St Michael Bassishaw

"ST. MICHAEL BASSISHAW, the church of, stands on the western side of Basing- hall-street, and derives its name from its dedication to St. Michael the Archangel, and its addition from Basing's haw or hall. The ancient church was originally founded about the year 1140, and was then in the patronage of the Prior and Canons of St. Bartholomew, in Smithfield. . . The old church, which was a beautiful specimen of the ecclesiastical architecture of our ancestors, was entirely destroyed by the fire of London, and the present building was erected in its stead, from the designs of Sir Christopher Wren. It is a plain useful structure, of brick and stone, of no very striking character. The spire has an air of originality, and is skilfully contrived. This church is a rectory, in the city, diocese and archdeaconry of London, and in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's. The present rector is the Rev. Christopher Packe, a Minor Canon of St. Paul's, who was instituted in 1821." [James Elmes. A Topographical Dictionary of London and its Environs (1831) - transcribed by Brian Randell]

This parish - no. 12 in the above map - is located in Bassishaw Ward.
The church was destroyed in 1666, rebuilt by Wren, sold 1899, demolished 1900.
The parish was later united with St Lawrence Jewry 1897.


Archives and Libraries

London Metropolitan Archive holdings for St Michael Bassishaw.


Church Records

Online Parish Register Images and Indexes for St Michael Bassishaw 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 Michael Bassishaw [LDS FamilySearch Wiki].


Description and Travel

Wikipedia page on St Michael Bassishaw.

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Historical Geography

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Summary history of St Michael Bassishaw parish, from the Worshipful Company of Parish Clerks.


Land and Property

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


Names, Personal

Surnames from the 1881 census in the St Michael Bassishaw district.



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



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