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St Peter le Poer Bread-street

"ST. PETER-LE-POOR, the church of, is situated on the western side of Old Broad-street, nearly opposite the south corner of the Excise Office. This church is of very ancient origin, as appears from a register of it, so far back as 1181. It is dedicated to St. Peter the Apostle, and was called le-poor, as Stowe thinks, from the poor and mean condition of its inhabitants in ancient times. It is a very handsome modern church, built by Jesse Gibson, Esq., in 1791. The advowson of this church appears to have been, from the earliest times, in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's, with whom it still continues. It is a rectory, in the city, diocese and archdeaconry of London, and its present Rector is the Rev. James Simkinson, who was instituted in 1792." [James Elmes. A Topographical Dictionary of London and its Environs (1831) - transcribed by Brian Randell]

This parish - no. 15 in the above map - is located in Broad Street Ward.
The church was rebuilt in 1792, sold 1907, soon demolished.
The parish was later united with St Michael Cornhill 1906.


Archives and Libraries

London Metropolitan Archive holdings for St Peter le Poer Bread-street.


Church Records

Online Parish Register Images and Indexes for St Peter le Poer Bread-street parish are provided by, or at various subscription sites via, the LDS FamilySearch wiki.

Non-Church of England denominations identified in St Peter le Poer with St Benet Fink include: Baptist (Seventh Day), Dutch Church, and French Church [LDS FamilySearch Wiki].


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Historical Geography

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Summary history of St Peter le Poer Bread-street parish, from the Worshipful Company of Parish Clerks.


Names, Personal

Surnames from the 1881 census in the S t Peter Le Poer and St Peter Le Poer London districts.



Clerical career summaries for the parish of St Peter le Poer Bread-street, from the Clergy of the Church of England Database website.



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