All Hallows Bread Street and St John the Evangelist Family History Guide

The Church of All Hallows Bread Street
The Church of All Hallows Bread Street

All Hallows Bread Street and St John the Evangelist is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of London.

All Hallows Bread Street Ancient Parish and St John the Evangelist, Friday Street Ancient Parish united in 1670. This combined parish was united with St Mary le Bow in 1876.

All Hallows Bread Street was a parish church in the Bread Street ward of the City of London. It stood on the east side of Bread Street, on the corner with Watling Street. First mentioned in the 13th century, the church was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666. The church was rebuilt by the office of Sir Christopher Wren and demolished in 1878.

Parish church: All Saints and St. John the Evangelist

Parish registers begin:-

  • All Hallows Bread Street with St John the Evangelist - 1538
  • St John the Evangelist - 1653

Parishes adjacent to All Hallows Bread Street and St John the Evangelist

  • St Augustine with St Faith
  • St Mary le Bow and St Pancras Soper Lane with All Hallows Honey Lane
  • St Mary Aldermary with St Thomas the Apostle
  • St Lawrence Jewry with St Mary Magdalene Milk Street
  • St Matthew Friday Street with St Peter Cheap
  • St Vedast Foster Lane with St Michael-le-Querne
  • St Mildred Bread Street with St Margaret Moses

Historical Description for All Hallows Bread Street and St John the Evangelist

All Hallows Bread Street and St. John the Evangelist - London Parishes 1824

This church derives its name from being dedicated to All Saints, and the other from St. John the Evangelist, as very plainly appears. History is silent as to the time of its foundation, which, however, is ancient. It was rebuilt about the year 1620, demolished by the dreadful fire in 1666, and rebuilt in 1697, which cost £3348. 7s. 2d. It is a rectory in the gift of his grace the Archbishop of Canterbury, and in the Dean and Chapter of Canterbury, who present alternately. His grace the Archbishop of Canterbury will have the next presentation. Rated in the King's books at £37. 13s. 9d. Value, per act of parliament 44 Geo. III., £233. 6s. 8d.

Rector, Rev. T. G. Andrews. Lecturer, Rev. R. Watts. Parish-clerk, Mr. R. Jeune. Divine service at 11 and 3.

In this church is a lecture every Thursday morning at 11 o'clock, according to the will of a Mr. Elliott. There are likewise three other gift sermons, one on the 25th of July, in commemoration of the defeat of the Spanish Armada; one on the 5th of November, and one on St. James's day.

The vestries are general. — 2 bells. — About 100 houses.

The parish of Alhallows extends on the north side of Watling street from No. 74 to 82, and on the south side from No. 16 to 24, including in this compass part of Bread-street, the back part of certain premises now in the occupation of Messrs. Weeken, &c.

St. John's boundaries commence at No. 83, north side of Watling-street, and extend as far as No. 91; and on the south they begin at 13, and end at 15, including divers dwellings in Friday-street.

Source: London parishes: containing the situation, antiquity, and re-building of the churches within the bills of mortality. B. Weed 1824

A Topographical Dictionary of London and Its Environs 1831

ALLHALLOWS Bread street the church of is situated at the corner of Bread street and Watling street and takes its name from the same dedication as the last and its situation which is near to the ancient Bread Market of the city It was originally a rectory of very ancient foundation under the patronage of the Prior and Canons of Christ Church Canterbury but since the reformation it was conveyed to the Archbishops of Canterbury of which see it is one of the thirteen peculiars within the city The old church was destroyed by the great fire in 1666 and the present edifice was erected from the designs of Sir Christopher Wren as a church for the united parishes of St Allhallows Bread street and St John the Evangelist the old church of which stood at the northeast east corner of Friday street and Watlingstreet The body of the church is plain with dressings of the Tuscan order It is seventy two feet in length thirty five in breadth and thirty in height It is an excellent specimen of the talents of Sir Christopher Wren insubstantialand useful church building Its present rector is the Rev GT Andrewes one of the six preachers at Canterbury who was instituted in 1819.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of London and Its Environs 1831; James Elmes; Whittaker, Treacher and Arnot, 1831

The Registers of All Hallows, Bread Street, and of St. John the Evangelist, Friday Street, London

All Hallows, Bread Street (Parish : London, England),Bannerman, William Bruce, 1862-1933,St. John the Evangelist (Parish : London, England)

All Hallows, Bread Street, and of St. John the Evangelist, Friday Street Parish registers

Family History Links for All Hallows Bread Street and St John the Evangelist

FamilySearch - Birth Marriage & Death records and Census records - All Hallows Bread Street

FamilySearch - England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 - St John the Evangelist



  • County: London
  • Ward: Bread Street
  • Borough: City of London
  • Civil Registration District: London City
  • Probate Court: Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (London Division), Court of the Peculiar Jurisdiction of the Archbishop of Canterbury in the
  • Deaneries of the Arches, Croydon and Shoreham, Court of the Royal Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of Westminster
  • Diocese: London
  • Rural Deanery: Post-1868 - West, Pre-1869 - None
  • Poor Law Union: West London
  • Hundred: London, Within the Walls
  • Province: Canterbury