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Sacramental registers

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0122 SR
Held at: Westminster Diocesan Archives
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Full title: Sacramental registers
Date(s): 1715-1985
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 232 volumes
Name of creator(s): Various


Administrative/Biographical history:

Priest's registers: Before the restoration of the hierarchy many individual priests, as opposed to parishes, often kept registers covering diverse geographical areas.


Scope and content/abstract:

Sacramental registers including Baptism, Confirmation, Marriage, Burial and Death registers and Marriage Bans for parishes and churches and priest's registers, including:

Archbishops' Private Chapel: Confirmation registers, 1854-1901.

Bavarian Chapel, Warwick Street: Baptism registers, 1748 -1909 and Marriage registers, 1747-1840 and 1856-1922.

Westminster Cathedral: Baptism registers, 1809-1906; Confirmation registers, 1856-1909 and Marriage registers, 1856-1914.

Clerkenwell, SS Peter and Paul: Marriage registers, 1979-1985.

Commercial Rd, SS Mary and Michael (including Virginia St Mission): Baptism registers, 1832-1893 and Marriage registers, 1856-1899.

Ealing, Mission of St Joseph and St Peter: Baptism registers, 1772-1855.

Saffron Hill mission (Holy Family): Baptism registers, 1842-1852 and 1855-1876.

Baldwin Gardens mission (St Bridget's): Baptism registers, 1851-1872; Confirmation registers, 1857-1875 and Marriage registers, 1854-1876.

Ely Place mission (St Etheldreda): Baptism registers, 1877-1947; Confirmation registers, 1856-1948; Marriage registers, 1855-1975 and Death registers, 1857-1923.

French Chapel (Little George St, nr Portman Sq): Baptism registers, 1909-1911 and Marriage registers: 1846-1910.

Gower Street, Catholic Chaplaincy: Marriage registers, 1988-1990.

Imperial Chapel: Baptism registers, 1765-1816; Marriage registers, 1766-1805 and Death registers, 1794-1806.

Isleworth, Our Lady of Sorrows and St Bridget of Sweden: Baptism registers, 1746-1809 and Confirmation registers: 1747-1777.

Islington, St John: Index to Baptisms, 1841-1819; Baptism registers, 1840-1844, 1851-1871, 1890-1902; Confirmation registers, 1851-1862 and Marriage registers, 1844-1880.

Kensington, Our Lady of Victories: Baptism registers, 1823-1850, 1852-1922 and Marriage Registers: 1852-1927.

Kentish Town, Our Lady Help of Christians: Baptism registers, 1849-1854.

Lincoln's Inn Fields, SS Anselm and Caecilia (inc. Sardinian Chapel): Baptism registers, 1731-1920; Marriage registers, 1729-1838, 1850-1856 and Death registers: 1858-1861.

Mile End, Guardian Angels: Baptism registers, 1869-1890 and Marriage registers, 1904-1962.

Moorfields, St Mary: Index to Baptisms: 1840, 1845-1854, 1856-1861; Baptism registers, 1763-1907; Marriage registers, 1777-1821; Burial registers, 1819-1853 and Death registers, 1857-1860.

Neapolitan Chapel: Baptism registers, 1772-1855.

Old Hall Green: Baptisms, 1811-1830, 1855-1925; Marriage registers, 1812-1848; Confirmation registers, 1812-1848 and Death registers, 1856-1913.

Palace St, SS Peter and Edward: Index to Baptisms, 1864-1940; Baptism registers, 1857-1963; Confirmation registers, 1863-1886, 1905-1942 and Marriage registers, 1859-1973.

Priests Registers including of: Rev James Barnard, 1764-1788; Rev Joseph Bolton, 1766-1781; Rev George Howe, 1796-1798; Fr Richard Dillon, 1750-1753; Fr James Barnard, 1763-1796; Rev James Barnard, 1791-1800; Rev Elston Lacy, 1715-1743; Rev Thomas Varley, 1767-1786; Bishop Poynter confirmation register, 1826-1843; Bishop Bramston confirmation register, 1826-1843; Bishop Gradwell confirmation register, 1826-1843; Bishop Griffiths confirmation register, 1826-1843; Rev Joseph Hodgson, 1802-1818; Fr John Lindow, 1765-1793; Fr John Lindow, 1793-1798; Fr Peter Brown, 1757-1767; Fr Patrick Moore, 1830-1835; Fr Benedict Short, 1763-1787; Fr Emanuel Dias Santos, 1802-1815; Fr Emanuel Dias Santos, 1815-1828; Fr Joseph Anson, 1803-1812; Fr Thomas Horrabim, 1778-1806 and Fr Thomas Cottrell, 1776-1778.

Romford, St Edward the Confessor: Death register, 1858-1877.

Soho, St Patrick's: Index to Baptisms, 1780-1938; Baptism registers, 1790-1899; Confirmation registers, 1818-1854; Marriage registers, 1838-1856; Marriage Bans, 1858-1886 and Death registers, 1882-1902.

Southwark, St George's Fields: Baptism registers, 1801-1826.

Tottenham, St Francis de Sales: Baptism registers, 1794-1823, 1827-1868, 1890-1929; Confirmation registers, 1856-1905, 1908-1968 and Marriage registers, 1827-1856, 1859-1949 .

Underwood Rd, St Anne (Spitalfields): Index to Baptisms, 1848-1909; Baptism registers, 1848-1920; Confirmation, 1856-1891; Index to Marriages, 1851-1934 and Marriages, 1851-1890.

Venetian Embassy: Baptism registers, 1744-1796 and Marriage registers, 1744-1754, 1772-1788.

Walthamstow, St George: Death registers, 1851-1882.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

By church, parish or priest.

Conditions governing access:

Open except for those closed under the Data Protection Act. Baptism registers closed for 100 years; Confirmation registers closed for 95 years; Marriage registers closed for 85 years and Burial and Death registers closed for 30 years. Consultation by appointment only between 12:00-5:00, Mondays and Wednesdays. Call: 0207 938 3580 or email: for appointments.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only on the undertaking of a copyright declaration. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Westminster Roman Cathlic Diocesan Trustees.

Finding aids:

Further information in 'Family History at the Westminster Diocesan Archives' factsheet.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received from the individual parishes.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Sarah Drewery.

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:
Sep 2008

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