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St Vedast Foster-lane

"ST. VEDAST, FOSTER, the church of, is situated on the east side of Foster-lane, Cheapside. It is dedicated to St. Vedast, Bishop of Arras, and is mentioned as early as 1308. The patronage was anciently in the Prior and Convent of Canterbury, till 1352, when it was transferred to the Archbishop of that see, in whom it has remained ever since. The old church was destroyed by the great fire of 1666, and the present edifice erected in 1697, by Sir Christopher Wren, when the parish of St Michael-le-Quern was united to it by act of parliament. The patronage of the latter is in the Bean and Chapter of St. Paul's, who present alternately with the Archbishop. It is one of the peculiars of the Archbishop, and is therefore in the province of Canterbury, and exempt from archidiaconal visitations. The present rector is the Rev. J. T. Walmsley, D.D., Rector of Hanwell, who was instituted by the Archbishop in 1815." [James Elmes. A Topographical Dictionary of London and its Environs (1831) - transcribed by Brian Randell]

This parish - no. 28 in the above map - is located in Farringdon Within Ward.
The church was destroyed in 1666, rebuilt by Wren 1695-1700.


Archives and Libraries

London Metropolitan Archive holdings for St Vedast Foster-lane.


Church History

St Vedast-alias-Foster website - history section.

St Vedast alias Foster Churchyard - on the London Gardens Online website.

St Vedast church rediscovered - from the Archaeology Data Service.


Church Records

Online Parish Register Images and Indexes for St Vedast Foster-lane 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 Vedast Foster Lane with St Michael-le-Querne [LDS FamilySearch Wiki].

Littledale, W.A. (ed) The Registers of St. Vedast, Foster Lane, 1558 to 1836, and St. Michael Le Quern, 1685 to 1836. Harleian Society, London (1902-03) [Full text: Vol.1, Vol.2]

Description and Travel

Wikipedia page on St Vedast Foster-lane.

World Heritage Encycyclopedia page on St Vedast Foster-lane.

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Historical Geography

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Summary history of St Vedast Foster-lane parish, from the Worshipful Company of Parish Clerks.


Names, Personal

Surnames from the 1881 census in the St Vedast Foster Lane district.



Sources for listings of taxpayer names for St Vedast Foster-lane parish, listed on the LDS FamilySearch wiki.