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Westminster St James is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Middlesex, created in 1685 from St Martin in the Fields Ancient Parish.

Alternative names: St James Piccadilly, St James Westminster

Other places in the parish include: Golden Square and St James’ Square.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1685

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Church of Scotland in England/Presbyterian Church in England, Dutch Church, French Protestant, Independent/Congregational, Italian Reformed, Jewish, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, Roman Catholic (Austrian), Roman Catholic (Bavarian), Roman Catholic (French), Roman Catholic (Portuguese), and Roman Catholic (Venetian).

Parishes adjacent to Westminster St James

  • St Marylebone All Saints
  • St Martin in the Fields
  • St Marylebone All Souls
  • Hanover Chapel
  • St Marylebone St Andrew
  • St George Hanover Square
  • Westminster St Luke

Parish Records

FamilySearch – Birth Marriage & Death Census Migration & Naturalization Military Probate & Court

England, Middlesex, Westminster, Parish Registers, 1538-1912 (FamilySearch) – free

Middlesex Baptisms (FindMyPast)

Greater London Marriage and Burial Indexes (FindMyPast)

London, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 (Ancestry)

London, England, Church of England Records (Ancestry)

London and Surrey, England, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1597-1921 (Ancestry)

England, Boyd’s Marriage Indexes, 1538-1850 (FindMyPast) – free

Miscellaneous parish registers : indexed transcript of the parish register (mainly marriages) London

Registers of the Catholic Chapel Royal and of the Portuguese Embassy Chapel, 1662-1829


The monumental inscriptions of St. James, Hampstead Road : the burial ground of St. James, Piccadilly, 1789-1853, arranged in alphabetical order and cross referenced

St. James Hampstead Road Chapel (St. James Piccadilly) monumental inscriptions, ca. 1790-1860

Poll Books

The Westminster Poll Book, 1774


Below is a list of people, with the surname Aarons, that were declared bankrupt between 1820 and 1843 extracted from The Bankrupt Directory; George Elwick; London; Simpkin, Marshall and Co.; 1843.

Abraham Richard, New Bond street, Piccadilly, picture dealer, Aug. 12, 1828.

Absolon John, Old Bond street, Piccadilly, tailor, March 3, 1837.


  • County: Middlesex
  • Civil Registration District: St James Westminster
  • Probate Court: Pre-1700 – Court of the Royal Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of Westminster, Post-1699 – Court of the Archdeaconry of Middlesex
  • Diocese: London
  • Rural Deanery: Not created until 1858
  • Poor Law Union: St James
  • Hundred: Westminster (Middlesex)
  • Province: Canterbury

Further Reading

Royal Westminster & St James’s Through Time

Old London: Westminster to St.James’s (Village London series)

An address to the inhabitants of St. James’s Westminster, on certain local circumstances affecting the health of rich and poor, by a retired churchwarden

Survey of London. Volume XXX : The Parish of St. James Westminster. Part One: South of Piccadilly

Survey of London: The Parish of St James Westminster – Part Two: North of Piccadilly by F. H. W. (editor) Sheppard

Illustrated Guide to St James’s Church, Piccadilly

An address to the inhabitants of St. James’s Westminster, on certain local circumstances affecting the health of rich and poor, by a retired churchwarden by Westminster St. James

Plan Shewing the ascertained deaths from cholera in part of the Parishes of St. James, Westminster, and St. Anne, Soho, during the summer and autumn of 1854