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Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/313/K

Held at: London Metropolitan Archives


Date(s): 1296-1981

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 331 production units.

Name of creator(s): St Paul's Cathedral | London


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Peculiar jurisdiction of the Dean and Chapter extended over various parishes and precincts in the City of London, Middlesex, Essex and Hertfordshire. It was abolished by an Order in Council in 1845. The parishes and precincts were:
City of London: St Faith under St Paul, St Giles Cripplegate, St Gregory by St Paul and St Helen Bishopsgate;
Middlesex: Chiswick, Friern Barnet, St Luke Old Street, St Pancras, Stoke Newington, West Drayton, Willesden, and the precincts of Hoxton (Shoreditch), Norton Folgate (extra-parochial) and Portpool (in the parish of St Andrew Holborn);
Essex: Barling, Belchamp St Paul, Heybridge, Navestock, Tillingham and Wickham St Paul; and
Hertfordshire: Albury, Brent Pelham and Furneaux Pelham.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Dean and Chapter of Saint Paul's Cathedral, London, relating to their jurisdiction over Peculiar parishes, including:

* 1296, roll of Peculiar Court business conducted in certain parishes in Essex (CLC/313/K/B/005/MS25432).

* 1328, Peculiar Court business conducted in certain parishes in Hertfordshire (CLC/313/K/B/006/MS25433).

* 1378, visitations of churches in Essex CLC/313/K/B/001/MS25165).

* 1667-1825, visitation and court assignation books (incomplete) (CLC/313/K/B/003/MS25533/001-010).


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

This section is arranged in series as follows:
CLC/313/K/A: Licensing Records;
CLC/313/K/B: Peculiar Jurisdiction;
CLC/313/K/C: Probate Records;
CLC/313/K/D: Miscellaneous. For a detailed discussion of the overall arrangement of the collection, see the fonds level description for Saint Paul's Cathedral, reference CLC/313.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The bulk of the archives of St Paul's Cathedral were transferred to the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library in September 1980. They were catalogued by a member of Guildhall Library staff in around 1989. Other accessions were received from the 1960s onwards. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.


Related material:

CLC/313/B/001/MS25504 has been edited by W Sparrow Simpson, "Visitations of Certain Churches [in the cathedral's patronage] in the City of London...between...1138 and 1250", Archaeologia, vol.55, part 2 (1897), pp.283-300; with inventories of their ornaments, vestments and books.

CLC/313/B/001/MS25504 has been edited by W Sparrow Simpson, "Visitations of Churches [in Middlesex, Essex and Hertfordshire] belonging to St Paul's Cathedral, 1249-52", Camden Miscellany, vol.9 (1895), pp.1-64.

CLC/313/L/F/002/MS25516 and CLC/313/L/F/003/MS25515 have been edited by W Sparrow Simpson, "Visitations of Churches belonging to St Paul's Cathedral in 1297 and in 1458 [in the City of London, Middlesex, Essex, Hertfordshire and Herts/Bedfordshire]", Camden Society, new series, vol.55 (1895), pp.1-64 [1297] & 65-114 [1458]; with inventories of their furniture, plate, vestments and books.

For visitations of manors and churches in Essex see CLC/313/L/H/002/MS25122/1112.

For visitations of churches in the City of London, see CLC/313/L/F/003/MS25515.

For Dean Colet's visitation expenses see CLC/313/G/028/MS25187.

For churchwardens' presentments (incomplete) see CLC/313/F/007/MS25806/001-116. Note: CLC/313/F/007/MS25806/016 includes returns for the Peculiar Jurisdiction to the Compton Census, 1676. See A Whiteman ed., The Compton Census of 1676: A Critical Edition (British Academy, Records of Social and Economic History, new series, vol.10, 1986), pp.37 and 60.

For 1552 inventories of church goods in ten parishes in the cathedral's Peculiar jurisdiction see The National Archives, reference E315 (Augmentation Office, Miscellaneous books), vols. 497-8 etc. These have been edited by W Sparrow Simpson, Camden Society, new series, vol.55 (1895), pp.115-22. Note: after 1846 presentments of some of the former parishes or precincts of the Dean and Chapter are included among the records of the Archdeaconry of London (DL/AL/B/012/MS09811).

For visitation commissions in the Chapter Acts, 1411-48, see section CLC/313/D, for records of metropolitan and episcopal visitations of the cathedral, see section CLC/313/P.

DESCRIPTION NOTES Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: August to October 2010.

Chapters | Religious communities | Religious institutions
Deans (ecclesiastical) | Clergy | Religious groups
Ecclesiastical courts | Courts | Administration of justice
Ecclesiastical visitations | Religious activities
Parishes | Administrative units | Local government | Public administration | Government
Peculiar | Exempt jurisdiction | Jurisdiction | Administration of justice
Religious buildings | Buildings | Architecture
Cathedrals x Religious buildings

Personal names

Corporate names
St Paul's Cathedral | London

City of London | London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe
Essex | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe
Hertfordshire | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe
Middlesex | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe