Your new password must contain one or more uppercase and lowercase letters, and one or more numbers or special characters. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish. "St Botolph, without Aldgate, the church of, is situated at the south-east corners of Houndsditch, and nearly opposite the Minories, in Aldgate High Street. Verify and try again. Given all of this, it strikes me as perfectly reasonable that workmen digging such a massive, wide trench for the new Underground railway and station at Aldgate might very possibly have encountered the famous Great Pit of Aldgate as they dug. St Botolph without Aldgate Burials « on: Sunday 14 February 16 00:53 GMT (UK) » Is anyone able to check for a couple of burials in the parish of St Botolph Aldgate between about 1730 and 1769. Please contact Find a Grave at [email protected] if you need help resetting your password. There has been a church on the site since the early 14th Century. Translation on Find a Grave is an ongoing project. The church is situated on an island of land surrounded by roadways. Welcome to City Matters – the social enterprise news platform for the City of London. Advertising Email: [email protected], City Publishing Limited But is this story actually true? Along with the St Botolph Aldgate Poll Tax Assessments (POL), this database was compiled by the Life in the Suburbs Project, a collaboration between the Centre for Metropolitan History at the Institute of Historical Research; Birkbeck, University of London; and the University of Cambridge. International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free, "Registration Districts in England and Wales (1837-1974),", Ⓒ 2020 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. St Botolph without Aldersgate , Aldersgate St EC1A 4EU (Cemetery #2188663) St Botolph without Aldgate, Aldgate High St, EC3N 1AB (Cemetery #658432) St Botolph without Bishopsgate, Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3TL (Cemetery #2197668) So is Aldgate Tube station built on the site of a plague pit? If you notice a problem with the translation, please send a message to [email protected] and include a link to the page and details about the problem. Please try again later. ************There are thee separate churches in London, all three have burials.St Botolph without Aldersgate , Aldersgate St EC1A 4EU (Cemetery #2188663)St Botolph without Aldgate, Aldgate High St, EC3N 1AB (Cemetery #658432)St Botolph without Bishopsgate, Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3TL (Cemetery #2197668). By Ian McPherson 25th February 2019. Special characters are not allowed. This page was last edited on 7 May 2020, at 08:05. But the evidence strongly suggests that a plague pit was either located on this site or within a handful of yards of it, and was very plausibly disturbed during construction of the Metropolitan Railway. Bear in mind that the churchyard was much larger in 1665, extending northwards across what is today St Botolph’s Street. Please complete the captcha to let us know you are a real person. To suggest a correction or addition, visit the memorial page and click Suggest Edits. It was anciently a rectory, the advowson of which was in the dean and canons of St. Martin's Le Grand, but being for some time unappropriated, Richard II, in 1399, gave the income to the Dean for a perpetual anniversary for his deceased consort Queen Anne. In fairness, it needs to be pointed out that Defoe was just a five-year-old kid during the Great Plague, but it is acknowledged that his novel was written so well that people were initially fooled into believing it was a real, newly-discovered eyewitness account rather than a work of historical fiction. Although the fire in 1666 did not reach the ancient church, yet it was so decayed that a part of it was rebuilt in 1757, and further repaired and beautified in 1829. In the more populous parishes, this meant that at times of peak death the authorities had to resort to burying many people in large pits dug in the churchyard rather than in individual graves. Defoe appears to have bolstered the anecdotal stories told to him by Henry with lots of scrupulously researched historical sources… and a little bit of his own imagination. That’s something worth contemplating when you next find yourself awaiting the arrival of a late night train on an eerily deserted Tube platform. This huge jumble of human remains gave the impression of having been buried in great haste as opposed to being buried in individual graves with their feet facing east, as per Christian tradition. We know that the dreadful outbreak of bubonic plague in 1665 killed approximately 100,000 Londoners in just a few short months that summer. The church was designated a Grade I listed building on January 4, 1950. If you have questions, please contact [email protected] Here, it is described how a ‘dreadful gulf’ was dug in the churchyard, into which 1,114 bodies were deposited between 6-20 September 1665. You have to admit that it is a great story. There is also anecdotal evidence from Defoe that this pit seems to have been located along the northern perimeter of the churchyard. However, Mike confirms that human bones were regularly encountered when building the early Tube lines and that these tended to be re-interred decently at Brookwood Cemetery in Surrey. Enter a valid email address and a feedback message. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place. Search for an exact birth/death year or select a range, before or after. Such a significant excavation could hardly have avoided encroaching on the ancient churchyard, parts of which had seemingly been built over by Victorian times. To upload a spreadsheet, please use the old site. Some gravestones from this parish burial ground have been preserved at Postman's Park. Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. Contributor: Add information about the pertinent poor law unions in the area. This morbid tale is repeatedly cited on numerous websites as well as in several books written about London’s history. The spreadsheet upload feature is disabled during this preview version of Find a Grave. A system error has occurred. Worship and Welcome at St Botolph's. The tower is square with an obelisk spire.The parish was united with that of Holy Trinity, Minories in 1899.The first written record of this church appears in 1115 when it was received by the Holy Trinity Priory (recently founded by Matilda of England) but the parochial foundations may very well be pre-1066. I thought you might like to see a cemetery for St Botolph without Aldgate Churchyard I found on Select a place on the map to place the pin. The church was rebuilt in the 16th Century and then again between 1741-1744. Indeed, a 17th-century plague pit was discovered a few years ago when MOLA archaeologists excavated the old Bedlam burial ground at nearby Liverpool Street as part of the Crossrail project. I recently discussed the fabled Aldgate station plague pit with Mike Horne, a historian with a specialist interest in the history of the London Underground. Before 1858, St Botolph Aldersgate fell under the jurisdiction of the Court of the Archdeaconry of London. Resend Activation Email. It was common in Victorian times to be suspicious of women stood on street corners and so this made them easy targets for the police. Editorial Email: [email protected] Unearthing the facts of the fabled Aldgate station plague pit. It is one of the four churches in London dedicated by our ancestors to their favourite saint, Botolph the Briton. So, there is clear evidence that pit burials occurred at St Botolph’s churchyard in 1665, right beside where the Tube station would be built two hundred years later. Anyone familiar with the area will be aware that Aldgate Tube station is located virtually next to the parish church of St Botolph Without Aldgate. This page has been viewed 3,823 times (738 via redirect). Add unique information about the censuses. Maybe uncovering and disposing of old bones when building the Tube was so commonplace back in the day that it just wasn’t felt worthy of being recorded. The church is a short walk away from Mitre Square, the site of the murder of Catherine Eddowes by Jack the Ripper as well as easy access to the other 4 murder sites of 1888. Add links to online census records, and/or link to the Family History Library film/fiche numbers. Use partial name search or similar name spellings to catch alternate spellings or broaden your search.