Place:Camberwell, London, England

Alt namesMetropolitan Borough of Camberwell
Camberwell St Gilessource: original ecclesiastical parish
TypeParish, Borough (metropolitan)
Coordinates51.474°N 0.093°W
Located inLondon, England     (1889 - 1965)
Also located inSurrey, England     ( - 1889)
See alsoSouthwark (London Borough), Greater London, EnglandLondon borough covering most of the area since 1965
Lambeth (London Borough), Greater London, EnglandLondon borough covering a small part of the area since 1965
Contained Places
Camberwell New Cemetery ( 1901 - )
Camberwell Old Cemetery ( 1856 - )
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

the text in this section is copied from an article in Wikipedia

Camberwell was a civil parish and metropolitan borough in south London, England. It was an ancient parish in the county of Surrey, governed by an administrative vestry from 1674. The parish was included in the area of responsibility of the Metropolitan Board of Works in 1855 and became part of the County of London in 1889. The parish of Camberwell became a metropolitan borough in 1900, following the London Government Act 1899, with the parish vestry replaced by a borough council. In 1965 the borough was abolished and its former area became part of the London Borough of Southwark in Greater London.


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The parish of Camberwell St Giles had three divisions. They were

  • the Liberty of Peckham to the east, which stretched from north of Old Kent Road to Honor Oak, taking in Peckham and Nunhead.
  • the Hamlet of Dulwich to the southwest which stretched from Champion Hill in the north to what is now Crystal Palace in the south, taking in Dulwich Village, West Dulwich and Sydenham Hill, and
  • the central division of Camberwell proper which stretched from what is now Burgess Park in the north to what is now the Horniman Museum in the south, taking in the central Camberwell area around Camberwell Green, the eastern part of Herne Hill and East Dulwich. It included a long protrusion in the west, surrounded by Lambeth, as far as what is now Myatt's Fields Park.

Ecclesiastical parishes

The ancient parish, dedicated to St Giles, was in the Diocese of Winchester until 1877, then the Diocese of Rochester until 1905, and then finally in the Diocese of Southwark. From 1825, as the population of Camberwell increased, a number of new parishes were formed:

  • Bermondsey Christ Church, Old Kent Road in 1838
  • South Bermondsey St. Batholemew in 1887
  • Camberwell Camden Chapel in 1844
  • Camberwell Emmanuel in 1842
  • Camberwell St. George in 1825
  • Camberwell St James, Knatchbull Road, in 1874
  • Denmark Hill St Matthew in 1848
  • Denmark Park St. Saviour in 1881
  • Dulwich St. Barnabas in 1894
  • East Dulwich St. John the Evangelist in 1865
  • East Dulwich St. Clement, in 1886
  • Dulwich Common St Peter in 1867
  • South Dulwich St Stephen in 1868
  • Nunhead St. Antony (formerly St Antholin), in 1878
  • Nunhead St. Silas in 1895
  • Peckham St. Chrysostom in 1865
  • Peckham St. Mary Magdalene in 1842
  • Peckham St Andrew in 1866
  • Peckham All Saints, Blenheim Grove, in 1872
  • Peckham St. Luke, Rosemary Road, in 1878
  • Peckham St. Jude, in 1880
  • Peckham St. Mark, in 1884
  • North Peckham All Saints in 1892

In addition, as the population of neighbouring areas increased, parts of Camberwell parish were included in new parishes:

  • Herne Hill St. Paul in 1845 with parts of Lambeth St Mary
  • Bemondsey St. Philip, Avondale Square in 1876 with parts of Bermondsey St Anne
  • Camberwell St. Mark, in 1880 with parts of Newington All Saints

The neighbourhoods of Denmark Hill and Herne Hill have been redirected here.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Camberwell.

Greater London Research Tips

  • See under "London" and also under "Middlesex", "Surrey" and "Kent" for key information about Greater London's jurisdictions and records, plus links to indexes, reference aids and Family History Library holdings.
  • The London Metropolitan Archives (40 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0HB) holds records relating to the whole of Greater London. Ancestry (subscription necessary) has produced transcriptions and provides images of lists of baptisms, marriages, and burials in churches across Greater London. These lists start in 1813 and stretch into the 20th century.
  • GENUKI has a long list of websites and archive holders in addition to London Metropolitan Archives above. (The list from GENUKI is not maintained so well that there is never a dead link in it. However, it is often worth googling the title given on the page just in case the contributor has reorganized their website.)
  • GENUKI also has a list of the Archives and Local Studies Libraries for each of the boroughs of Greater London.
  • The London Encyclopaedia by Ben Weinreb and Christopher Hibbert. An e-book available online through Google, originally published by Pan Macmillan. There is a search box in the left-hand pane.
  • London Lives. A very useful free website for anyone researching their London ancestors between the years 1690-1800. This is a fully searchable edition of 240,000 manuscripts from eight archives and fifteen datasets, giving access to 3.35 million names.
  • London Ancestor, a website belonging to one of the London family history societies, has a list of transcriptions of directories from the 18th century, listing in one case "all the squares, streets, lanes, courts, yards, alleys, &C. in and about Five Miles of the Metropolis..." In other parts of the same website are maps of various parts of 19th century London and Middlesex.
  • The proceedings of the Old Bailey, London's central criminal court, 1674-1913. A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court. This website is free to use.
  • Registration Districts in London, Registration Districts in Middlesex, Registration Districts in Surrey, Registration Districts in Kent, are lists of the registration districts used for civil registration (births, marriages and deaths, as well as the censuses). There are linked supporting lists of the parishes which made up each registration district, the dates of formation and abolition of the districts, the General Register Office numbers, and the local archive-holding place. This work has been carried out by Brett Langston under the agency of GENUKI (Genealogy United Kingdom and Ireland) and UKBMD - Births, Marriages, Deaths & Censuses on the Internet.
  • A History of the County of Surrey: Volume 4, chapter on Camberwell first published 1912 and available online through British History Online.
  • Old Maps of Southwark provided by the London Borough of Southwark.
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This page uses content from the English Wikipedia. The original content was at Camberwell. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with WeRelate, the content of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.