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St Nicholas Cole Abbey

"St. NICHOLAS COLE ABBEY, the church of, is situated on the south side of Old Fish-street, Doctors'-Commons. . . There was a church on the same site prior to 1377, when, according to Stowe, the steeple and south aisle were rebuilt. The church was destroyed by the great fire of 1666, and the present church built by Sir Christopher Wren. It is a handsome and well proportioned church, built of brick and stone. . . Its tower is a specimen of Wren's symetry; but in the spire, where he has aimed at originality, he has scarcely escaped absurdity, if not ugliness. It was finished in 1677, and is the first church built and completed after the fire. This church is a rectory, the advowson of which was anciently in the Dean and Chapter of St. Martin-le-Grand. . . After the great fire, the parish of St. Nicholas Olaves was united to this, which is a rectory of very ancient foundation. . . The united rectory is in the city, diocese and archdeaconry of London, and the advowson is, from the before-named union of the parishes, in the alternate gift of the Lord Chancellor, for the crown, and the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's. The present rector is the Rev. J. Mitchell, who was instituted by the Lord Chancellor in 1817." [James Elmes. A Topographical Dictionary of London and its Environs (1831) - transcribed by Brian Randell]

This parish - no. 72 in the above map - is located in Queenhithe Ward.
The church dates from before the Great Fire, and was rebuilt by Wren 1671-81.


Archives and Libraries

London Metropolitan Archive holdings for St Nicholas Cole Abbey.


Church History

St. Nicholas, Cole Abbey - A Bombed Church and Film Location, a well-illustrated account, from the London Inheritance website.


Church Records

Online Parish Register Images and Indexes for St Nicholas Cole Abbey 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 Nicholas Cole Abbey with St Nicholas Olave [LDS FamilySearch Wiki].


Description and Travel

Wikipedia page on St Nicholas Cole Abbey.

World Heritage Encycyclopedia page on St Nicholas Cole Abbey.

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which St Nicholas Cole Abbey 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 Nicholas Cole Abbey parish, from the Worshipful Company of Parish Clerks.


Land and Property

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


Names, Personal

Surnames from the 1881 census in the St Nicholas Cole Abbey district.



Clerical career summaries for the parish of (i) St Nicholas Cole Abbey and (ii) St Nicholas Cole Abbey With St Nicholas Olave, from the Clergy of the Church of England Database website.



Sources for listings of taxpayer names for St Nicholas Cole Abbey parish, listed on the LDS FamilySearch wiki.