Stepney St Dunstan, Middlesex Genealogy

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Stepney St Dunstan

Guide to Stepney St Dunstan, Middlesex ancestry, family history, and genealogy: Parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Stepney St Dunstan, Middlesex
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Ossulstone (Tower Division)
County Middlesex
Poor Law Union Stepney
Registration District Stepney
Records begin
Parish registers: 1568
Bishop's Transcripts: 1800
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Not created until 1858
Diocese London
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (London Division)
Location of Archive
Middlesex Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

STEPNEY (St. Dunstan and All Saints), a parish, and the head of a union, in the Tower division of the hundred of Ossulstone, county of Middlesex, 2½ miles E from St. Paul's Cathedral, London. The parish includes also the hamlets of Mile-End New Town, Mile-End Old Town, and Ratcliffe. There are places of worship for Baptists, the Society of Friends, the Connexion of the Countess of Huntingdon, Calvinistic Methodists, and Roman Catholics, and three meeting-houses for Independents.[1]

St Dunstan Stepney, the [parish] church of, is situated between Whitehorse Lane, Commercial Road, and Stepney Green. Stepney is a very ancient village, and was formerly a considerable distance from London. Stow mentions, that in 1299 a parliament was held at the house of Henry Wallies, Mayor of London, who resided in this village, and here Edward I confirmed the great charter of liberty. It was originally one of the largest parishes in England, and contained within its boundaries, what are now the parishes of St Marylebone, at Stratford, St Mary, Whitechapel, St Anne, Limehouse, St John Wapping, St Paul, Shadwell, St George, Ratcliffe Highway, Christ Church, Spitalfields, and St Matthew, Bethnal Green. All these parishes have been separated from it, yet it still remains one of the largest within the Bills of Mortality, as it still contains the hamlets of Mile-End Old and New, Ratcliffe and Poplar.

At what period this ancient church was built is not at present known, but it appears to be a relic of the architecture of the fourteenth century. There was a church here so long ago as the time of the Saxons, when it was called the church of All Saints, and we read of the Manor of Stiben Heath, under the reign of William the Norman; when the church changed its name does not appear. it is a large structure, consisting of a chancel, a nave, and two aisles. At the west end is a plain tower, containing a peal of twelve bells.

For a considerable number of years this parish largely served as the apparent parish of choice of many merchant maritime and sailors of the Royal Navy. It is a rectory, in the county of Middlesex, in the diocese of London, is exempt from any archdeaconry... There are numerous additional chapels attached to this parish (see the link above--"A List of District Churches and Chapels...)"[2]

Places of worship were built for the Quakers (the Society of Friends), the New Connexion of the Countess of Huntingdon, Calvinistic Methodists, for Baptists, Roman Catholics, and three meeting-houses for Independents.[3]

The "Victoria County History"' of Stepney (1998) is available online. It includes chapters on manors, estates, economic history, local government, churches, Roman Catholicism, Protestant nonconformity, and charities for the poor.[4]

See A List of District Churches and Chapels of Ease In Stepney Parish.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Church records[edit | edit source]

Online Stepney St Dunstan Parish Register Images and Indexes
1568-1812 Ancestry baptisms, marriages, and burials[5]
1814-1906 Ancestry[6] 1754-1921 Ancestry[7] 1813-1929 Ancestry[8]
Indexes 1568-1875 FamilySearch[9] 1568-1864 FamilySearch[10] 1568-1848
1568-1848 1568-1808 findmypast[11]
1680-1689 findmypast 1568-1719 TheGenealogist[12]
    1640-1696 Google Books    
    1800-1837 Ancestry[13]    

Early vestry minutes have been published:

  • Hill, G.W. and W.H. Frere. Memorials of Stepney Parish; That is to Say The Vestry Minutes from 1579 to 1662 ... To Which is Appended a Reprint of Gascoyne's Map of the Parish, 1703. Guildford: Billing & Sons, 1890-91. Digital version at Google Books - free.

To find the names of the neighbouring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.

Non-Conformists (All other Religions)[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Census records[edit | edit source]

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

1600 Subsidy[edit | edit source]

1640 Protestation Return[edit | edit source]

  • Stepney (including Limehouse, Poplar, Blackwall, Old Ford, Stratford Bow, Spitalfields, Bethnal Green, Mile-End, St. Leonard Bromley, and Ratcliffe) (House of Lords), Copy: FHL Film 1550096 item 25.

1666 Hearth Tax[edit | edit source]

1693-1694 Four Shilling in the Pound Aid[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Middlesex Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Manorial Records[edit | edit source]

Records survive for three manors in Stepney Parish: Poplar Manor (1423-1921), Shadwell Manor (1300-1756), and Stepney Manor (1318-1894). The Manorial Documents Register will help you locate these records.

Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Websites[edit | edit source]

Stepney on GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England, (1848). Adapted. Date accessed: 26 January 2014.
  2. James Elmes, A Topographical Dictionary of London and its Environs (London: Whittaker, Treacher and Arnot, 1831). Adapted. Digitised by Google Books.
  3. Samuel Lewis, ed. A Topographical Dictionary of England 200-205. (London: S. Lewis and Co., 1848), Online here, (accessed: 05 May 2010).
  4. A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 11: Stepney, Bethnal Green (2004). URL: Date accessed: 25 March 2012.
  5. London, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1812, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Described as St Dunstan and All Saints (also St Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney) in Tower Hamlets Borough. Marriages from 1754 to 1812 are not included in this database. Partially indexed.
  6. London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Described as St Dunstan and All Saints in Tower Hamlets Borough. Partially indexed.
  7. London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Described as Stepney St Dunstan (also Stepney St Dunstan and All Saints) in Tower Hamlets Borough. Partially indexed.
  8. London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980, courtesy: Ancestry (£). Described as Stepney St Dunstan and All Saints in Tower Hamlets Borough. Partially indexed.
  9. Batches C055761, C055762, C055763, C055764, C055765, C055766, C055767, C055768, C055769, C055771, C055772, C055773, C055774, see: Hugh Wallis, "IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (N-Z), England," IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 8 June 2011. Indexes derived from parish registers and parish register transcripts.
  10. Batches M055761, M055762, M055763, M055764, M055765, M055766, M055767, M055768, see: Hugh Wallis, "IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (N-Z), England," IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 8 June 2011. Indexes parish registers.
  11. "Boyd's Marriage Index - Parish details by county,", accessed 12 June 2011; Percival Boyd, A List of Parishes in Boyd's Marriage Index (London: Society of Genealogists Enterprises Ltd., 1994). FHL Book 942 K22L 1994
  12. 'London Parish Record Transcripts,' The Genealogist, accessed 10 March 2012.
  13. Pallot's Marriage and Birth Indexes, Guide to Parishes (n.p.: n.p., n.d.). FHL British Book 942 V25pm
  14. Includes Ballast Wharf, Bednall Green, Cock Hill, Comister Alley, Dolphin Yard, East Side, Fig Tree Yard, Great Pump Yard, Kings Head Alley, Limehouse, Limehouse Poplar and Blackwell Hamlet, Little Pump Yard, Maidenhead Alley, Mile End, Nightingale Lane, Pump Yard, Ratcliffe Broadstreet West, Ratcliffe Cross, Ratcliffe Hamlet, Ratcliffe Street Landside, Ratcliffe Street Laneside, Ratcliffe Street Waterside, Rose Lane, Rose Yard, Salmond Lane, Shadwell Hamlet, Ship Alley, Spittlefields Hamlet, Stepney Church West, Storehouse Yard, Sugar House Yard, Three Fox Yard, Tiffin Alley, Trinity Yard and White Horse Street, and Unknown.