St Antholin with St John the Baptist upon Wallbrook London Family History Guide

St Antholin with St John the Baptist upon Wallbrook is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of London, created in 1670 from St Antholin Ancient Parish and St John the Baptist, Walbrook Ancient Parish. 

Alternative names: St Antholin, St John the Baptist upon Wallbrook, St John the Baptist, Walbrook

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1539
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1800

Separate registers exist for St John the Baptist Wallbrook

  • Parish registers: 1682; 1686-1812
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1629-30; 1800

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

  • St Swithun London Stone with St Mary Bothaw
  • St Mary le Bow and St Pancras Soper Lane with All Hallows Honey Lane
  • St Mary Aldermary with St Thomas the Apostle
  • St Michael Royal with St Martin Vintry
  • St Stephen Walbrook with St Benet Sherehog

Historical Descriptions

London Parishes 1824

St. ANTHONY (commonly called St. Antholin), and St. JOHN BAPTIST.

This church takes its name from being dedicated to St. Anthony of Vienna, who had here a cell, founded by Henry II., but history does not inform us when the church was first built. It was rebuilt by Thomas Knowles, grocer, mayor, and his son, which must be about the year 1399; and again erected by John Tate, citizen and mercer, anno 1513. It was repaired and beautified in 1616, which cost ,£1000, raised by the contributions of seven worthy inha bitants ; but, suffering in the dreadful fire of London in 1666, it was rebuilt by sir Christopher Wren A. D. 1682, at the charge of ,£5685. 5s. 10¾d.

It is situate on the north side and west end of Watling- street, at the south-west corner of Size-lane, in the ward of Cordwainer, within the walls of London. To this pa rish is united, by act of parliament, the parish of St. John Baptist, which is in four wards, viz. Cordwaiuers', Vintry, Dowgate, and Walbrook.

It is a rectory in the gift of the Crown and the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's, who present alternately : rated in the king's books at £20. 2s. 8½d. Value, per act of parliament, 44, Geo. III, .£200 per annum. Rector, Rev. R.Johnson. Sunday afternoon Lecturer, Rev. Dr. Wii^son. Parish-clerk, Mr. G. Nicholls.

Divine service at 11 and 3,

There are six endowed lectures, delivered by the following gentlemen: on Sunday, by the Rev. S. Pigott; on Monday, by the Rev. W. B.Williams; on Tuesday, by the Rev. D. Williams ; on Wednesday, by the Rev. J. Hill; on Thursday, by the Rev. B. Saunders; and on Friday, by the Rev. Dr. Fancourt ; at seven o'clock in the evening, with the exception of one week in the year, when divine service is performed at seven o'clock in the morning. Each gentleman receives about thirty guineas per annum. By a clause in the will of the founder of these lectures, clergymen holding livings are prohibited from becoming lecturers under this endowment.

This parish enjoys the benefit of having two boys educated at Christ's Hospital, under the will of the late Mr. John Lock ; the children are appointed by the parishioners assembled in vestry.

The vestries are general.

The worshipful company of Skinners attend divine service in this church on Corpus Christi day. Part of their hall stands in this parish ; also Tallow chandlers'-hall, and part of Dyers'-hall.

This parish contains on the north side of Watling-street, from Size-lane end westward, two doors beyond Queen-street. On the west side of Size-lane four houses northward, and on the east side thereof four houses, besides the corner in Budge row, and on the north side of that row, from Size -lane end to the Dyers'-arms ; on the south side of Budge-row from with in eight houses of Dowgate, it reaches' westward nine houses, and six houses in Castle-court ; on the east side of Tower Royal, one house next the norlh-east corner, and on the west three houses from Watling-street besides the corner. Also from Tower Royal, on the south side of Watling street, two houses beyond Queen-street, with Cross-key court, and on the east side of Queen-street, from the corner in Watliug- ttrcet, six houses southward ; and on the opposite side of Queen-street, nine houses southward from Watling-street and from this street to Well-court, and one house in the court; on the east side of Queen-street from Watling-street northward, four houses, besides the corner house. — About 80 houses.

The parish of St John Baptist reaches from the Dyers' Arms on the north side of Budge-row eastward to Walbrook, and on the south side of that row from No. 12 eastward to Dowgate, eight houses; and on the west side of Walbrook northward, five houses ; and four and a half on the east side of Walbrook ; and on the north side of Cannon street east* ward from Walbrook, three houses; and two opposite. On the east side of Dowgate it extends fromCannon-street ten houses southward, to No. 35 ; and on the west side of Budge row southward, to Elbow-lane, three houses besides the corner. In Cloak-lane, from Dowgate westward, on the south side to No. 7, containing five houses inclusive ; and on the north of that lane, three houses, with St. John's passage; and in Castle court eight dwellings. — About 75 houses.

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


County: London
Civil Registration District: London City
Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of London, Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (London Division)
Diocese: London
Rural Deanery: Pre-1869 - None, Post-1868 - West
Poor Law Union: City of London
Hundred: London, Within the Walls
Province: Canterbury