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Help and advice for Clerkenwell

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Church Records

Clerkenwell churches are included in our list for Finsbury.

Some of the registers of St James Clerkenwell have been published in the Harleian Society Register Series:

Volume Contents Notes
9 Christenings 1551-1700 Available on the internet archive
10 Christenings 1701-1754  
13 Marriages 1551-1754  
17 Burials 1551-1665  
19 Burials 1666-1719  
20 Burials 1720-1754  

The books have all been scanned and may be available on CD.


Correctional Institutions

Coldbath Fields Prison was a House of Correction in Clerkenwell. There is a brief description and picture on the Spartacus Educational website.


Description and Travel

Description(s) from The National Gazetteer (1868)]

"CLERKENWELL, a parish and suburban district of London, in the Finsbury division of the hundred of Ossulstone, in the county of Middlesex, 1 mile N. of St. Paul's. " (There is more of this description).

"COLNEY HATCH-LANE, a hamlet in the parish of Clerkenwell, in the Finsbury division of the hundred of Ossulstone, in the county of Middlesex, adjoining Muswell Hill, and 1½ mile from the Colney Hatch railway station."

"PENTONVILLE, a suburban district of London and chapelry in the parish of Clerkenwell, Finsbury division of the hundred of Ossulstone, county Middlesex, 1½ mile N.E. of St. Paul's. " (There is more of this description).

Description(s) from "The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland" (1868), transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003; intended for personal use only, so please respect the conditions of use.

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Clerkenwell has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

An index to the Clerkenwell St James Settlement Examinations 1778-1851, has been produced and is available on microfiche from LWMFHS.