Researching Ancestors

The parish of St Giles’ prior to 1836 covered a vast area including Camberwell, Peckham, Nunhead and Dulwich. The parish was then divided due to extraordinary growth in the 19th Century. Numerous records have survived – but due to the sheer number of people recorded, unless you have very positive evidence that a birth or marriage took place in Camberwell, the chance of finding the information you require is remote. But hopefully the information and advice below will be useful.

Please do contact the organisations below rather than church as we no longer keep records on site prior to 1961.

Church Records
Our church records prior to 1961 are deposited at the London Metropolitan Archives at 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HB. Scroll to the bottom of this page for a catalogue of records they hold on St Giles’.

camberwell-graves

The remaining grave stones in the park.

Churchyard
The churchyard has not been used for burials since 1856 and was made into a park in 1939. There are some headstones – very worn – displayed along the perimeter of the park. There is no known complete record of burials, tombstones or those buried in the crypt. However some monuments which existed in the former church (destroyed by fire 1841) and churchyard are described in Allport’s book below.

National Archives
After the 30th June 1837 the national register of Births, Marriages and Deaths began. These are held at the National Archives Centre at Kew. They are indexed quarterly so you need to know the quarter the event took place in. If you find the entry, you can then request a copy certificate.

The advantage of researching Birth Certificates rather than baptism registers is that certificates give mothers’ maiden names where as baptism registers do not. Traditionally marriages took place in the bride’s home church so a search of parish records where the couple subsequently lived may not be fruitful.

The National Archive site allows you to search the census records 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871 1891, 1901 and Births Marriages and Deaths from 1837.

Ye Parish of Camberwell

William Harnett Blanch – ‘Ye Parish of Camerwell’, 1875.

Useful Books
The Environs of London: Volume 1, County of Surrey. Originally published by T Cadell and W Davies, London, 1792. Pages 68-121. Available online here.

Collections, illustrative of the geology, history, antiquities, and associations, of Camberwell, and the neighbourhood by Douglas Allport. Originally published by the author, 1841. All – mentions many of the burial plaques contained in the original church. Available online here.

Ye Parish of Camerwell – A brief account of the Parish of Camberwell and its History and Antiquities by William Harnett Blanch. Published 1875. Text only version available online here.

Old and New London: Volume 6. Originally published by Cassell, Petter & Galpin, London, 1878. Pages 269-286. Available online here.

Useful Organisations
Society of GenealogistsAncestry.co.ukCamberwell Society, Family Records Centre.

Local Studies Library
The following volumes were found in a long-locked cupboard in the vestry in 1977. They are all badly affected by long storage in damp conditions but are still readable. The library is located at 211 Borough High Street London SE1 1JA. The Deposit Reference is A113.

Accession Number
1977/113/1 6th May 1828 to 29th January 1896. Volume of churchwardens” accounts. Very limited detail after about 1860. (See below for some interesting snippets from the accounts)
2 17th February 1870 to 12th April 1901. Volume of accounts which gives the details which formerly appeared in 113/1
3 January 1863 to February 1883; May 1901 to September 1907. Register of applications for sittings in the church. Printed headings and manuscript entries.
4 1863 to 1882; 1901 to 1905. Register of pew assignments. Arranged by Pew.
5 1st .January 1861 to 4th February 1872. Register of Services. Gives dates, preachers and their texts, celebrants (from 1871 only), totals of communicants and monies collected.
6 1st January 1872 to 30th May 1880. Register of Services. As 113/5, but gives celebrants’ names throughout and details of expenses
7 6th June 1880 to 21st October 1891. Register of Services. As 113/5, but gives subjects of sermons rather than just the texts


London Metropolitan Archives – St Giles’ Catalogue
Note that References beginning with ‘X’ are microfilms and can be accessed on demand. Other references have not been microfilmed and prior arrangements must be made.

A certification of transcripts for 1817 1817 X014/036
Accounts of paupers relieved from “Foreign” parishes, with officers, individuals for bastardy, index 1828 Apr – 1832 Sep P73/GIS/77
Apprenticeship register 1803 Oct – 1817 Aug X097/239
Bastardy ledger, payments to parish, indexed 1832 Sep – 1839 Dec X015/004
Examination with view to removal, indexed 1828 Dec – 1830 Feb X015/004
Orders of removal to Saint Giles parish, with index 1819 Oct – 1828 Jul X015/020
Register for claims for voting rights 1851 Jan – 1874 Aug P73/GIS/124
Register of deaths in workhouse and of persons buried by the parish 1832 Dec – 1837 Mar P73/GIS/121
Removal Orders from Saint Giles and examinations, indexed 1814 Apr – 1817 Feb X015/021
Removal Orders from Saint Giles and examinations, indexed 1817 Mar – 1820 Nov X015/021
Removal Orders from Saint Giles and examinations, indexed 1820 Dec – 1826 Sept X015/022
Removal Orders from Saint Giles and examinations, indexed 1826 May – 1827 Dec X014/022
Removal Orders from Saint Giles and examinations, indexed 1828 Jan – 1830 Jul X015/022
Removal Orders from Saint Giles and examinations, indexed 1830 Feb – 1831 Jan X015/022
Removal Orders from Saint Giles and examinations, indexed 1831 Feb – 1831 Nov X015/023
Removal Orders from Saint Giles and examinations, indexed 1831 Nov – 1833 Nov X015/023
Removal Orders from Saint Giles and examinations, indexed 1833 Nov – 1834 Nov X015/023
Removal Orders to Saint Giles, indexed 1794 Dec – 1804 Jan X015/024
Removal Orders to Saint Giles, indexed 1804 Feb – 1814 Dec X015/024
Removal Orders to Saint Giles, indexed 1815 Jan – 1819 Jun X015/024
Removal Orders to Saint Giles, indexed 1828 Sep – 1833 Apr X015/025
Settlement and bastardy examinations 1783 Nov – 1783 Dec X015/025
Settlement and bastardy examinations, indexed 1794 Mar – 1804 Feb X015/025
Settlement and bastardy examinations, indexed 1804 May – 1810 Dec X015/025
Suspended removal orders from Saint Giles and examinations, indexed 1820 Mar – 1828 Feb X015/023
Suspended removal orders from Saint Giles and examinations, indexed 1830 Mar – 1832 Jan X015/024
Suspended removal orders from Saint Giles and examinations, indexed 1831 Dec – 1834 Mar X015/024
Workhouse admission and discharge register 1789 Jul – 1816 Jul X063/001
Workhouse admission and discharge register 1816 Jan – 1820 Jul P73/GIS/119
Workhouse admission and discharge register, indexed 1830 Jan – 1832 Dec P73/GIS/120
Composite register: baptisms Jan 1558 – Mar 1750, marr Feb 1558 – Apr 1750, bur 1558-1750 1558 Jan – 1750 Apr X089/162
Composite register: baptisms May 1750 – Jul 1802, marr May 1750 – Mar 1754, bur May 1750-1799 1750 May – 1802 Jul X097/235 – index X102/023;X102/024
Composite register: baptisms Jul 1802 – Dec 1812, burials 1800 – Dec 1812 1802 Jul – 1812 Dec X097/236 – index X102/023
Register of baptisms 1813 Jan – 1819 Sep X097/236 – index X102/023
Register of baptisms 1819 Sep – 1824 Oct X097/236 – index X102/023
Register of baptisms 1824 Oct – 1829 Sep X097/236 – index X102/023
Register of baptisms 1829 Sep – 1834 Jun X097/237 – index X102/023
Register of baptisms 1834 Jun – 1838 Sep X097/237 – index X102/023
Register of baptisms 1838 Sep – 1845 Sep X097/344
Register of baptisms 1845 Sep – 1853 Jun X089/163
Register of baptisms 1853 Jun – 1864 Mar X089/164
Register of baptisms 1864 Mar – 1870 Mar X089/165
Register of baptisms 1870 Mar – 1879 Jun X089/166
Register of baptisms 1879 Jun – 1887 Nov X089/167
Register of baptisms 1887 Nov – 1897 Mar X089/167
Register of baptisms 1897 Mar – 1910 Mar X097/346
Register of baptisms 1910 Mar – 1916 Apr P73/GIS/130
Register of baptisms 1916 Apr – 1921 Sep P73/GIS/131
Register of baptisms 1921 Sep – 1926 Mar P73/GIS/132
Register of baptisms 1926 Apr – 1930 Aug P73/GIS/133
Register of baptisms 1928 Aug – 1931 Aug P73/GIS/134
Register of baptisms 1930 Aug – 1937 Mar P73/GIS/135
Register of baptisms 1937 Mar – 1941 Jun P73/GIS/136
Register of baptisms 1941 May – 1949 May P73/GIS/137
Register of baptisms 1949 May – 1960 Jul P73/GIS/138
Transcript of baptisms 1817 X014/036
Transcript of baptisms 1818 X014/036
Transcript of baptisms 1819 X014/036/ X014/037
Transcript of baptisms 1821 DW/T/0459
Transcript of baptisms 1822 DW/T/0462
Transcript of baptisms 1823 X014/037
Transcript of baptisms 1824 X014/037
Transcript of baptisms 1825 X014/037
Transcript of baptisms 1826 X014/037
Transcript of baptisms 1827 X014/038
Transcript of baptisms 1828 X014/038
Transcript of baptisms 1829 X014/038
Transcript of baptisms 1830 X014/038
Transcript of baptisms 1831 X014/038
Transcript of baptisms 1832 X014/039
Transcript of baptisms 1833 X014/039
Transcript of baptisms and burials 1838 X014/040
Transcript of baptisms and burials 1839 X014/040
Transcript of baptisms and burials 1840 X014/040
Transcript of baptisms and burials 1841 X014/040
Transcript of baptisms and burials 1842 X014/040
Transcript of baptisms and burials 1843 X014/040
Transcript of baptisms and burials 1844 X014/040
Transcript of baptisms and burials 1845 X014/040
Transcript of baptisms and marriages 1814 X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1679 Mar – 1680 Mar DW/T/0429
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1763 Mar – 1764 Feb X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1801 X014/035
Transcript of aptisms, marriages and burials 1802 X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1803 X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1804 X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1805 X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1806 X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1807 X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1808 X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1809 X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1810 X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1811 X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1812 X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1813 X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marrages and burials 1815 X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1816 X014/036
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1820 X014/037
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1834 X014/039
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1835 X014/039
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1836 X014/039
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1837 X014/039
Composite register: baptisms Jan 1558 – Mar 1750, marr Feb 1558 – Apr 1750, bur 1558-1750 1558 Jan – 1750 Apr X089/162
Composite register: baptisms May 1750 – Jul 1802, marr May 1750 – Mar 1754, bur May 1750-1799 1750 May – 1802 Jul X097/235 – index X102/023;X102/024
Composite register: baptisms Jul 1802 – Dec 1812, burials 1800 – Dec 1812 1802 Jul – 1812 Dec X097/236 – index X102/023
Register of burials 1813 Jan – 1822 May X097/344 – index X102/025
Register of burials 1822 May – 1828 Dec X097/344
Register of burials 1829 Jan – 1834 Dec X097/345
Register of burials 1834 Dec – 1839 May X097/345
Register of burials 1839 Jun – 1844 May X097/345
Register of burials 1844 May – 1849 Mar X097/345
Register of burials 1849 Mar – 1855 Mar X097/345
Register of burials 1855 Mar – 1856 Jun X097/346
Register of deaths in workhouse and of persons buried by the parish 1832 Dec – 1837 Mar P73/GIS/121
Transcript of baptisms and burials 1838 X014/040
Transcript of baptisms and burials 1839 X014/040
Transcript of baptisms and burials 1840 X014/040
Transcript of baptisms and burials 1841 X014/040
Transcript of baptisms and burials 1842 X014/040
Transcript of baptisms and burials 1843 X014/040
Transcript of baptisms and burials 1844 X014/040
Transcript of baptisms and burials 1845 X014/040
Transcript of baptisms and marriages 1814 X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1679 Mar – 1680 Mar DW/T/0429
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1763 Mar – 1764 Feb X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1801 X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1802 X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1803 X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1804 X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1805 X014/035
Transcript of b ptisms, marriages and burials 1806 X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1807 X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1808 X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1809 X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1810 X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1811 X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1812 X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1813 X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1815 X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1816 X014/036
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1820 X014/037
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1834 X014/039
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1835 X014/039
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1836 X014/039
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1837 X014/039
Transcript of burials 1814 X014/035
Transcript of burials 1817 X014/036
Transcript of burials 1818 X014/036
Transcript of burials 1819 X014/037
Transcript of burials 1821 DW/T/0461
Transcript of burials 1822 DW/T/0464
Transcript of burials 1823 X014/037
Transcript of burials 1824 X014/037
Transcript of burials 1825 X014/037
Transcript of burials X014/037
Transcript of burials 1827 X014/038
Transcript of burials 1828 X014/038
Transcript of burials 1829 X014/038
Transcript of burials 1830 X014/038
Transcript of burials 1831 X014/038
Transcript of burials 1832 X014/039
Transcript of burials 1833 X014/039
Composite register: baptisms Jan 1558 – Mar 1750, marr Feb 1558 – Apr 1750, bur 1558-1750 1558 Jan – 1750 Apr X089/162
Composite register: baptisms May 1750 – Jul 1802, marr May 1750 – Mar 1754, bur May 1750-1799 1750 May – 1802 Jul X097/235 – index X102/023;X102/024
Register of marriages 1754 May – 1780 Mar X097/237 – index X102/024
Register of marriages 1780 Mar – 1794 Aug X097/237 – index X102/024
Register of marriages 1794 Aug – 1812 Dec X097/238 – index X102/024
Register of marriages 1813 Jan – 1819 Jul X097/238 – index X102/024
Register of marriages 1819 Jul – 1824 Jul X097/238 – index X102/024
Register of marriages 1824 Jul – 1829 May X097/239 – index X102/024
Register of marriages 1829 May – 1834 Jun X097/239 – index X102/024
Register of marriages 1834 Jul – 1837 Jun X097/239 – index X102/024
Register of marriages 1837 Jul – 1840 Jun X089/168
Register of marriages 1840 Jun – 1845 Mar X089/168
Register of marriages 1845 Mar – 1848 Mar X089/168
Register of marriages 1848 Mar – 1851 Feb X089/168
Register of marriages 1851 Feb – 1853 Jul X089/169
Register of marriages 1853 Jul – 1855 Dec X089/169
Register of marriages 1855 Dec – 1858 May X089/169
Register of marriages 1858 May – 1860 Oct X089/169
Register of marriages 1860 Oct – 1863 Mar X089/170
Register of marriages 1863 Mar – 1865 Feb X089/170
Register of marriages 1865 Feb – 1866 Sep X089/170
Register of marriages 1866 Sep – 1868 Jun X089/170
Register of marriages 1868 Jun – 1870 Apr X089/171
Register of marriages 1870 Apr – 1871 Dec X089/171
Register of marriages 1871 Dec – 1873 Sep X089/171
Register of marriages 1873 Sep – 1875 Jun X089/171
Register of marriages 1875 Jun – 1877 Apr X089/172
Register of marriages 1877 Apr – 1879 Mar X089/172
Register of marriages 1879 Mar – 1880 Dec X089/172
Register of marriages 1881 Jan – 1882 Sep X089/172
Register of marriages 1882 Sep – 1884 Jul X089/173
Register of marriages 1884 Jul – 1886 Jun X089/173
Register of marriages 1886 Jun – 1888 Feb X089/174
Register of marriages 1888 Feb – 1889 Dec X089/174
Register of marriages 1889 Dec – 1891 Dec X089/174
Register of marriages 1891 Dec – 1894 Jan X089/175
Register of marriages 1894 Jan – 1896 Apr X089/175
Register of marriages 1896 Apr – 1898 Jun X089/175
Register of marriages 1898 Jun – 1900 Aug X089/176
Register of marriages 1900 Aug – 1902 Oct P73/GIS/139
Register of marriages 1902 Oct – 1905 Aug P73/GIS/140
Register of marriages 1905 Aug – 1908 Aug P73/GIS/141
Register of marriages 1908 Aug – 1912 Apr P73/GIS/142
Register of marriages 1912 May – 1915 Sep P73/GIS/143
Register of marriages 1915 Sep – 1919 Apr P73/GIS/144
Register of marriages 1919 Apr – 1922 Mar P73/GIS/145
Register of marriages 1922 Apr – 1925 Sep P73/GIS/146
Register of marriages 1925 Sep – 1929 Jun P73/GIS/147
Register of marriages 1929 Jun – 1932 Aug P73/GIS/148
Register of marriages 1932 Aug – 1936 Apr P73/GIS/149
Register of marriages 1936 Apr – 1939 Feb P73/GIS/150
Register of marriages 1939 Feb – 1941 Jun P73/GIS/151
Register of marriages 1941 Jun – 1944 Sep P73/GIS/152
Register of marriages 1944 Sep – 1948 Jan P73/GIS/153
Register of marriages 1948 Jan – 1952 Sep P73/GIS/154
Register of marriages 1952 Sep – 1957 Sep P73/GIS/155
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1679 Mar – 1680 Mar DW/T/0429
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1763 Mar – 1764 Feb X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1801 X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1802 X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1803 X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1804 X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1805 X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1806 X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1807 X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1808 X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1809 X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burial 1810 X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1811 X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1812 X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1813 X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1815 X014/035
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1816 X014/036
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1820 X014/037
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1834 X014/039
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1835 X014/039
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1836 X014/039
Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials 1837 X014/039
Transcript of marriages 1817 X014/036
Transcript of marriages 1818 X014/036
Transcript of marriages 1819 X014/037
Transcript of marriages 1821 DW/T/0460
Transcript of marriages 1822 DW/T/0463
Transcript of marriages 1823 X014/037
Transcript of marriages 1824 X014/037
Transcript of marriages 1825 X014/037
Transcript of marriages 1826 X014/037
Transcript of marriages 1827 X014/038
Transcript of marriages 1828 X014/038
Transcript of marriages 1829 X014/038
Transcript of marriages 1830 X014/038
Transcript of marriages 1831 X014/038
Transcript of marriages 1832 X014/039
Transcript of marriages 1833 X014/039