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Christchurch Greyfriars
(north and northwest of city center), London

Note: The primary sources for information given in regard to parish records are (GenDoc's Victorian City of London Churches (Church of England a.k.a. Anglican)) and FamilySearch.Org
Christchurch Greyfriars (a.k.a. Christchurch Newgate Street) (1.24 mi. north of city centre) was formed in 1547 in the place of St. Ewin and St Nicholas Shambles which were dissolved.* The church of the former monastery of the Friars Minor, or Grey Friars, became the parish church of the new parish. Burials from 1275 to circa 1540 are recorded in British Library manuscripts. The church was destroyed in 1666, rebuilt 1677-91, and gutted in 1940, St Leonard Foster Lane* was united to Christchurch in 1670, and both parishes were united to St Sepulchre Newgate in 1954. Parish records are in the Guildhall Library: baptisms, 1547-88; marriages, 1547-88; and burials, 1547-88. The registers for baptisms 1588-1656, marriages 1588-1666 and burials 1588-1666 were probably destroyed in the Great Fire. The registers for baptisms 1656/7-1724, marriages 1667-1837, burials from 1666 were destroyed in 1940. A partial index to baptisms and marriages 1538-1880 is in the IGI.

* No registers are extant for St Ewin (alias St Audoen). Parish records for St. Nicholas Shambles are in the Guildhall Library: baptisms 1538-47, marriages 1538-47, burials 1538-47. Other records, including baptisms 1452-1546, are held by the Archivist, St Bartholomew's Hospital. Not entered in the IGI?

** St Leonard Foster Lane was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666 and not rebuilt. Parish records are in the Guildhall Library, but consist of only a few Bishop's Transcripts for 1639-40. For baptisms, marriages and burials from circa 1670 see Christchurch Newgate Street. No Combs records have been found for this parish in the IGI. Is it in the index?
9 Jun 1542 Christ Church Greyfriars Newgate, London, England. Alse ERYSDALL and Lawrence ESE (FamilySearch.Org, IGI, Parish Register, 1542-1753, 942 B4HA V.21 (book), #6903501 - source not yet viewed) [Search Words: ARCHDALE]
Extracted from the IGI, So: 845234, Pr: 0537072 (all Combs,but source not yet viewed):
31 May 1713 Christ Church Greyfriars Newgate. Christened: Mary COMBS, d/o Richard and Elizabeth COMBS

28 Nov 1728 Christ Church Greyfriars Newgate. Christened: John COOMBS, s/o John and Mary COOMBS

28 Nov 1728 Christ Church Greyfriars Newgate. Christened: John COOMBS, s/o John and Mary COOMBS
Extracted from IGI, #041978, Pr: 0883638 (source not yet viewed):
21 Dec 1856 Christ Church Greyfriars Newgate, London. Christened: Edwin Percival COMBS, s/o Charles Beckwith and Harriet COMBS

3 May 1858 Christ Church Greyfriars Newgate, London. Christened: Louisa Emma COMBS, d/o Charles and Frances COMBS

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