Lewisham

OS Grid Reference: TQ3875
The 1841 population was 12,276

Administrative Units

Lewisham fell within the Hundred of Blackheath. Its 19th century Registration District & Poor Law Union was Lewisham.
Probate Jurisdiction was Rochester to 1845, PCC 1846-57.

Lewisham included the settlements of Blackheath, Brockley, Catford, Forest Hill and Sydenham.

See NWKFHS publications West Kent Sources and School Records for further information.

Lewisham Map North West Kent Family History Society
Lewisham & Lee Map North West Kent Family History Society

Census Publications

  • 1851 Name Index (only) published on microfiche as part of Volume IV (Lewisham Registration District).
  • 1891 Transcript published on CD-Rom as part of CD4 (Lewisham Registration District)

 

For ordering details see Census CD-ROMs on the Publication List page.

Church and Chapels (pre 1910)

Lewisham, St Mary the Virgin, Lewisham High St

St Mary the Virgin: Lewisham High St (map ref. A).

Church of England - Ancient Parish Church

Rebuilt 1774-7.

Original Registers

These date from 1703.
St Mary the Virgin Keith Baxter - Aug 2003 (Photo Keith Baxter)
St Mary the Virgin Lewisham North West Kent Family History Society

Lewisham, St Mark, Clarendon Rise

St Mark: Clarendon Rise (map ref B).
Church built 1868-70, demolished 1965; parish created 1871 from Lewisham St Mary, abolished 1968.

Original Registers

These date from 1868.
St Mark
St Mark Lewisham North West Kent Family History Society

Lewisham, St Stephen, High St

St Stephen: High St (map ref C).
Church built 1863-65, demolished 1965; parish created 1865 from Lewisham St Mary.

Original Registers

These date from 1865.
St Stephen - Aug 2006
St Stephen Lewisham North West Kent Family History Society

Blackheath, All Saints, Blackheath Vale

Blackheath, All Saints, Blackheath Vale (map ref Q).
Church built 1857-67; parish created 1859 from Lewisham St Mary.

Original Registers

These date from 1859.

Images published by NWKFHS (Microfiche Ref. OR1-OR7) See Parish Register Publications.
Blackheath All Saints - Aug 2006
Blackheath All Saints North West Kent Family History Society

Church of England cont.

  • The Assumption: High St. Registers incl. with St Stephen
  • St Barnabas: formerly the Transfiguration, Algernon Rd. Church built 1881, renamed St Barnabas 1953; later West Indian Pentecostal. Original registers from 1882.
  • Southend, St John: Bromley Rd. Proprietary chapel built 1824, succeeded by new building 1928; parish created 1916 from Lewisham St Mary (detached) & Catford St Laurence - roughly the area marked on map as 'A (det)'. No information on registers
  • Sydenham, St Bartholomew: Westwood Hill. (map ref D) Church built 1827-32; parish created 1855 from Lewisham St Mary. Original registers from 1832.
  • Parish Register images published by NWKFHS (Microfiche Ref. OR36-38) See Parish Register Publications.
  • Sydenham, Holy Trinity: (map ref E) Church built 1865-6; closed 1976, demolished 1981; parish created 1866 from Lewisham St Mary. Original registers from 1867.
  • Sydenham, St Matthew: Panmure Rd. Church built 1879-82 as chapel-of-ease to St Bartholomew, demolished 1939. Original registers from 1883.
  • Sydenham, St Philip the Apostle: Taylors Lane. (map ref F) Church built 1864-67, demolished 1982; parish created 1869 from Sydenham St Bartholomew. Original registers from 1867.
  • Lower Sydenham, St Michael & All Angels: Bell Green, now Champion Crescent. (map ref G) Church built 1863-4 as chapel-of-ease to St Bartholomew, destroyed 1940; parish created 1879 from St Bartholomew, Forest Hill Christ Church, Lewisham St Mary. Original registers from 1868.
  • Sydenham, All Saints: Trewsbury Rd. Church built 1901-3; parish created 1909 from Lower Sydenham. No information on registers
  • Forest Hill, Christ Church: South Rd. (map ref H) Church built 1852-4; parish created 1855 from Lewisham St Mary. Original registers from 1854.
  • Forest Hill, St Saviour: Brockley Rise. (map ref I) Church built 1865-6; parish created 1867 from Forest Hill Christchurch. Original registers from 1867.
  • Forest Hill, St Paul: Waldenshaw Rd. (map ref J) Church 1882-3, destroyed 1943; parish created 1887 from Forest Hill Christchurch. No information on registers
  • Catford, St George: Vancouver Rd, Perry Hill. (map ref K) Church built 1878-80, demolished 1999; new church built on same site c2004; parish created 1880 from Lewisham St Mary & Forest Hill Christch. Original registers from 1871.
  • Catford, St Laurence: Bromley Rd. (map ref L) Church built 1886-7, demolished 1966; rebuilt on new site 1968; parish created 1888 from Lewisham St Mary. Original registers from 1887.
  • Brockley, St Cyprian: Adelaide Rd. (map ref M) Church built 1900, succeeding 1881 mission; destroyed 1940; parish created 1901 from Lewisham St Mary. Original registers from 1882.
  • Crofton Park, St Hilda: Stondon Park. (map ref N) Church built 1900, parish created 1900 from Lewisham, St Saviour Brockley Rise, St George Perry Hill. Original registers from 1900.
  • Hither Green, St Swithun: Hither Green Lane. (map ref P) Church built 1892; parish created 1888 from Lewisham St Mary. Original registers from 1888.
  • Honor Oak Park, St Augustine: One Tree Hill (now Honor Oak Rd). (map ref O) Church built 1872-3; parish created 1874 from Christ Church Forest Hill. Original registers from 1872.
  • Blackheath, Church of The Ascension: Dartmouth Row. (map ref R)  Built as a chapel of ease 1697, rebuilt 1750/1838; parish created 1883 from Lewisham St Mary.   Original registers from 1879.

Roman Catholic

  • Lower Sydenham, Our Lady & St Philip Neri: Sydenham Rd. Iron church 1872; rebuilt 1881, destroyed 1940; rebuilt 1959. Original registers from 1884.
  • St Winifred: Effingham Road. (1892). No information on registers
  • Blackheath, St Mary: Cresswell Park. Built 1872 as orphanage with chapel open to public; closed 1904. No information on registers
  • Blackheath, Our Lady Help of Christians: Cresswell Park. Church built 1890-1. Original registers from 1874.
  • St Saviour: High St. (1894). No information on registers.

Baptist

  • Baptist: Albacore Cresent. (1893-1954 sold). No information on registers
  • Baptist: Brightside Rd. (1896). No information on registers
  • Baptist: Church St. Original registers from 1824.
  • Baptist: College Park, Clarendon Rise. (1874). No information on registers
  • Baptist: Mission, Brockley Rd, Brockley. (1867). No information on registers
  • Baptist: Mission Hall, Bell Green, Sydenham. (1883-1933 sold). No information on registers
  • Baptist: Zion, Malham Rd, Forest Hill. (1878-1963 closed). No information on registers
  • Baptist: Perry Rise, Sydenham. (1899). No information on registers
  • Baptist: Dartmouth Rd, Forest Hill. (1854). No information on registers
  • Baptist: Catford Hill. Built 1878, incl. Bell Green Mission (1883).

Independent/Congregational

  • Independent: St Paul. Original registers from 1806.
  • Independent: Union, High St. (1823-1866 closed). No information on registers
  • Congregational: Wells Rd, Sydenham. (1849-1938 closed). No information on registers
  • Congregational: Queens Rd., later Taymount Rise, Forest Hill. (1863). No information on registers
  • Congregational: Rushey Green, Catford. (1858-1890s). No information on registers
  • Congregational: Trinity, Ravensbourne Park, Catford. (1857) later Stanstead Rd (1867). No information on registers
  • Congregational: Torridon Rd, Catford. (1899). No information on registers
  • Congregational: Mission Room, Nightingale Grove, Hither Green. (c.1890-c.WW2demolished). No information on registers
  • Congregational: High St. (1796). Destroyed World War II?
  • Congregational: Lower Sydenham. (1819). No information on registers
  • Congregational: Tanners Hill. (1840) later St David, Lewisham High Rd, Brockley (1854). Original registers from 1855.
  • Congregational: Cross St. (1843-pre.1878 closed). No information on registers
  • Congregational: Lawn Terrace, Blackheath. (1854). No information on registers
  • Congregational: Courthill Rd. (1866-1940des.). No information on registers

Presbyterian

  • Presbyterian: St John, Devonshire Rd, Forest Hill. (1871). Original registers from 1877.
  • Presbyterian: Brockley Rd. (1876) later St Andrew Brockley (1883). No information on registers

Wesleyan/Methodist

  • Wesleyan: Avenue Rd. (1838), later Albion Way (1870). Original registers from 1839.
  • Wesleyan: Wildfell Rd, Catford. (1883). Original registers from 1883.
  • Wesleyan: Rushey Green, Catford. (1891-? dem). No information on registers
  • Wesleyan: Brockley. Original registers from 1870.
  • Wesleyan: Brockley Rd. & Harefield Rd, Brockley. (1877-1945des.). No information on registers
  • Methodist: Trinity Church New Connexion, Perry Vale, Forest Hill. (1865-1920). Original registers from 1866.
  • Methodist: Wesley Hall, Sydenham Rd. (c.1875). Original registers from 1888.
  • Methodist: St James, Wastdale Rd, later Stanstead Rd, Forest Hill. Original registers from 1885.
  • Methodist: Stansted Rd, Forest Hill. (1856). Original registers from 1882.
  • Methodist: Brockley Rd, Brockley. (1882-1960 closed). No information on registers

Other

  • Bible Christian: West Kent Park, Forest Hill. (1860-1909 sold). No information on registers
  • Other: Brethren Mayow Hall, Sydenham. (1889). No information on registers
  • Other: Dietrich Bonhoeffer German Evangelical Church, Forest Hill. Original registers from 1876.