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Piccadilly looking east 1842
Piccadilly looking east 1842

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

A busy Piccadilly in the late 1890s or very early 1900s.
A busy Piccadilly in the late 1890s or very early 1900s. A moustachioed Police Constable directs traffic at the junction of Piccadilly, St. James’s Street and Albemarle Street with Burlington House in the background.

Parish Records

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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