Brixton St Matthew is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Surrey, created in 1825 from Lambeth St Mary Ancient Parish.

Parish church: St Matthew

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1825
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1825

Nonconformists include: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Countess of Huntington Methodist, Independent/Congregational, Presbyterian Unitarian, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BRIXTON, a metropolitan suburb, five chapelries, a subdistrict, and a hundred, in Surrey. The suburb is in Lambeth parish, 2 miles SSW of St. Paul’s, London; extends about 2 miles southward from the vicinity of Kennington: is partly well edificed in contiguity with other suburbs; has a r. station with telegraph on the London, Chatham, and Dover railway, and a station on the line from Ludgate-Hill; has also post offices of B., B.-Rise, B.-Hill, B.-Road, North B., and Tulse-Hill, under London S.; and contains Drouet’s establishment for pauper children, Bailey’s asylum for aged females, and the county house of correction. The chapelries are B.-St. Matthew, constituted in 1824, and subsequently curtailed; B.-St. John, constituted in 1853; B.-Christchurch, in 1856; Tulse-Hill, in 1856; and B.-St. Jude, in 1868. Pop. of B.-St. M., 10,305; of B. St. John, 4,967; of B.-C., 3,776. The livings of St. M., St. John, and are vicarages, and that of St. Jude a p. curacy, in the diocese of London. Value of St. M., £766; of St. John, £250; of C., £700; of St. Jude, not reported. Patron of St. M., the Archbishop; of St. John, W. H. Stone, Esq.; of C., the Rev. J. M C. Hussey; of St. Jude, Trustees. Tulse-Hill is separately noticed. St. Matthew’s church is a Doric structure, with portico, tower, and spire; and cost £15,192. St. Jude’s church is a cruciform edifice, in mixed pointed styles, peculiar and showy; has two porticos and a tower, and was built in 1868. There are chapels for Independents, Lady Huntingdon’s Connexion, and Methodists. The subdistrict is in Lambeth district, and conterminate with the chapelry of Brixton-St. Matthew as it was originally constituted. Acres, 1,445. Pop., 20,067. Houses, 3,223. The hundred is cut into two divisions, Eastern and Western. The E. division comprises Lambeth parish, seven other parishes, and part of two others. Acres, 22,186. Pop. in 1851, 314,815. The W. division comprises Wandsworth parish, six other parishes, and part of another. Acres, 7,699. Pop. in 1851, 9,552. Pop. of the entire hundred in 1861, 409,504. Houses, 62,763.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Parish Records


Online Records (Free)

England, Surrey Parish Registers, 1536-1992

Births and baptisms, 1825-1837 Wesleyan Church (Brixton, England)

Bishop’s transcripts for Brixton-St. Matthew, 1825-1845

Church records, 1824-1837 Holland Chapel (Brixton : Independent)

Church records, 1829-1837 Trinity Chapel (Brixton : Lady Huntingdon)

Church records, 1834-1837 Union Chapel (Brixton Hill : Independent)

Parish registers for Brixton-St. John, 1853-1932

Parish registers of Brixton-St. Matthew, 1825-1926

Parish registers of St. Saviour’s Church, Brixton, 1876-1970

Transcripts of parish registers of Brixton, St. Mathew, Surrey, England, 1830-1836

The Brixton, Clapham, Herne-Hill & Tulse-Hill directory

Kelly’s Brixton and Clapham directory

Kelly’s Brixton, Clapham & Lambeth directory

Kelly’s Brixton, Clapham & South Lambeth directory

Kelly’s Brixton, Clapham, Herne-Hill & Tulse-Hill directory

Brixton’s own boss (Newspaper)

Land tax assessments for Christ Church, 1780-1830


Vision of Britain historical maps


County: Surrey
Civil Registration District: Lambeth
Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Surrey
Diocese: Post-1844 – London, Pre-1845 – Winchester
Rural Deanery: Southwark
Poor Law Union: Lambeth
Hundred: Brixton
Province: Canterbury

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