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St. Helen, Bishopsgate, London,
(0.87 mi. northeast of city centre), 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
St Helen Bishopsgate (.87 mi. northeast of city centre) was pre-Great Fire of 1666, and was badly damaged by a terrorist bomb in 1992. St Martin Outwich was united to St Helen Bishopgate in 1873. St Helen's is in the jurisdiction of the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's (probates and administrations). Parish records re in the Guildhall Library: baptisms 1575-1981, marriages 1575-1870, banns 1653-9, 1754-77, 1795-1877, burials 1575-1853. Later marriage register is retained by the incumbent. A partial index to baptisms and marriages for 1575-1874 is in the IGI.
10 Jun 1617. St. Helen's, Bishopgate, London. Buried. "Samuel ARCHDALE, gentleman, sonne in lawe unto Sr. William AILOFFE, Knight." The Memoirs of the Archdales, Henry Blackwood Archdale, privately published 1925, Appendix (D) Extracts from Parish Registers, p. 89)
Samuel, s/o Martin ARCHDALE and Barbara SEXTON who married 2nd Sir William AYLOFFE. He wrote his will on 6 Jun 1617 as Samuel ARCHDALE "of Hornchurch, Essex" (where his mother was buried only a few months later).
17 Dec 1618 St. Helen, Bishopsgate, London. Married: "Richard BAKER of St. Saviors, Southwark, gent, and Sara ARCHDALE, the dau. of one ARCHDALE, late of St. Mary Buthaw, London, M'rchaunt, decd, by license." (Archdale Memoirs)
According to the Memoirs, this is Sarah, d/o Martin and Barbara SEXTON Archdale. Martin ARCHDALE died in St. Margaret Pattens, not St. Mary Bothaw (a city centre parish, but one where no Archdales have been found as yet, but perhaps not yet extracted?), but his daughter is the only "unaccounted for" Sarah ARCHDALE and this is likely her. The fact that a Richard BAKER christened a daughter, Sarah, in Hornchurch, Essex (see above) in 1628, would appear to make her identification in Memoirs probably accurate. See also John COMBE, butcher of St. Savior, Southwark, Surrey, whose son, John, was apprenticed to Thomas WARD as a Draper in Nov 1652.

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