Place:Newington, London, England

Alt namesNewington St. Marysource: original ecclesiastical parish
Newington Buttssource: area of parish
Grosvenor Park All Soulssource: ecclesiastical parish established in late 19th century
Newington All Saintssource: ecclesiastical parish established in late 19th century
Newington Holy Trinitysource: ecclesiastical parish established in late 19th century
Newington St. Andrewsource: ecclesiastical parish established in late 19th century
Newington St. Matthewsource: ecclesiastical parish established in late 19th century
Newington St. Paulsource: ecclesiastical parish established in late 19th century
Walworth St. Johnsource: ecclesiastical parish established in late 19th century
Walworth St. Marksource: ecclesiastical parish established in late 19th century
Walworth St. Petersource: ecclesiastical parish established in late 19th century
Walworth St. Stephensource: ecclesiastical parish established in late 19th century
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.4976°N 0.0948°W
Located inLondon, England     (1889 - 1930)
Also located inSurrey, England     ( - 1889)
See alsoBrixton Hundred, Surrey, Englandancient hundred in which it was situated
Southwark, London, Englandmetropolitan borough in which it was located 1900-1965
Southwark (London Borough), Greater London, EnglandLondon borough covering the area since 1965
source: Family History Library Catalog
NOTE: Newington should not be confused with Stoke Newington or Newington Green, both now located in the London Borough of Hackney (north of the Thames).

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Newington is a part of central London, England, and part of the London Borough of Southwark. It was an ancient parish and the site of the early administration of the county of Surrey. From 1917 it was the location of the County of London Sessions House, in a building now occupied by the Inner London Crown Court.



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The area remained as a farming village with a low level of population until the second half of the 18th century. There was a little industry, for example, the manufacture of clay pipes for tobacco smoking. In William Shakespeare's time, there was a theatre called Newington Butts (also the name of a street in the area) and later there were further theatres. Until 1750 London Bridge was the only means of crossing the looping River Thames for miles. Newington gained in importance with the creation of the Westminster Bridge in 1750 and the associated improvements of London Bridge. These required a series of new roads across St George's Fields to interconnect the routes from them and allow traffic from Westminster and Chelsea and places further north to travel into Surrey and Kent and even just to Southwark without transitting through the City of London itself. These routes were Westminster Bridge Road and Borough Road for the West End and Southwark; for the route to the south, London Road and St George's Road which by-passed the Borough High Street and Newington Causeway. All of these roads converged at a junction where there was a blacksmith's forge and inn called Elephant and Castle. This became a name to signify the area. Traffic heading to the southeast from the West End was connected to the older route from the City of London and Southwark to Kent as New Kent Road from Newington to a junction with the older route at the Bricklayers Arms.

New roads brought development opportunities. The local landowner started to sell some of his farmland. The 19th century brought more dense speculative housebuilding, and some philanthropic provision too. The Trinity House Newington Estate, laid out on on property the institution was left in the seventeenth century, became a high class residential district and is still largely in existence.

Further urban stimulus was given by the arrival of mainline railway routes from the City to the south, the London, Chatham and Dover Railway built a station at Elephant and Castle in 1863. In 1890 the City and South London Railway (now the Northern Line City Branch of London Underground) was projected through the area with stations at what was termed 'Kennington' (but in fact within Newington) and also at Elephant. In 1906 the new Bakerloo line of London Underground also terminated at the Elephant.

Local governance

The parish of Newington St Mary was part of the Brixton Hundred of Surrey and this contained all of the manor of Walworth. In 1855 it came within the area of responsibility of the Metropolitan Board of Works and the parish vestry was incorporated as a local authority. In 1889 the parish became part of the County of London. There was a reorganisation of local government in 1900 and the parish became part of the Metropolitan Borough of Southwark and the vestry was abolished. The civil parish was finally abolished in 1930. The parish was of 633 acres (2.56 km2) and the population peaked in 1901 at 121,863. Newington is the northern part of Walworth on the adjacent map.

Ecclesiastical parish

The ancient parish, dedicated to St Mary, was in the Diocese of Winchester until 1877, then the Diocese of Rochester until 1905, and then finally in the Diocese of Southwark. From 1826, as the population of Newington increased, a number of new parishes were formed:

  • Newington Holy Trinity in 1826
  • Walworth St Peter in 1826
  • Newington St Paul in 1857
  • Walworth St John in 1860
  • Newington All Saints in 1866
  • Newington St Matthew in 1868
  • Walworth St Mark in 1870
  • Walworth St Stephen (Walworth Common) in 1871
  • Grosvenor Park All Souls in 1871
  • Newington St Andrew in 1877

The above ecclesiastical parishes have all be redirected here.

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

  • Kennington Park St. Agnes in 1874 with parts of Lambeth St Mary in Lambeth
  • Camberwell St. Mark in 1880 with parts of Camberwell St Giles in Camberwell


The scientist Michael Faraday was born here, in Newington Butts, in 1791. Charles Babbage (1791-1871), the promoter of the first computing machine, in Walworth Road; William Jowett, a 19th-century missionary and author, was born at Newington in 1787, as was the visionary English artist Samuel Palmer in 1805 in Surrey Square. Also born here was William John Swainson (1789-1855), the ornithologist and renowned natural history artist.

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.
  • A street-by-street map of London (both sides of the Thames, and stretching from Limehouse and Stepney in the east to Hyde Park and Kensington in the west) drawn by Edward Mogg in 1806. Blows up to a very readable level.
  • Ordnance Survey map of London 1900 (provided online by A Vision of Britain through Time) showing London parishes just after the reorganization of 1899.
  • Ordnance Survey map of Middlesex 1900 (provided online by A Vision of Britain through Time) showing Middlesex parishes just after the reorganization of 1899 when much of the former area of Middlesex had been transferred into London.
  • Ordnance Survey map of Surrey 1900 (provided online by A Vision of Britain through Time) showing Surrey parishes (chiefly Southwark) just after the reorganization of 1899 when the most urban parts of Surrey were transferred into London.
  • Ordnance Survey map of Kent 1900 (provided online by A Vision of Britain through Time) showing Kent parishes just after the reorganization of 1899 when the most urban part of Surrey had been transferred into London.
  • 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.
  • Deceased Online includes four of the "Magnificent Seven" cemeteries (Brompton, Highgate, Kensal Green, and Nunhead) in its inventory of 65 London cemeteries. Transcripts for Abney Park are free with registration online at Ancestry (international subscription necessary) has "London, England, City of London and Tower Hamlets Cemetery Registers, 1841-1966". That leaves West Norwood without comprehensive online access to burial records.
  • The Victoria County History Series only has as yet one volume dealing with London. This outlines the history of the religious houses of the borough of Southwark and the cities of London and Westminster. Most of the material will predate most genealogical searches.
  • A History of the County of Surrey: Volume 4, chapter on Newington first published 1912 and available online through British History Online.
  • Old Maps of Southwark provided by the London Borough of Southwark.
This page uses content from the English Wikipedia. The original content was at Newington, London. 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.

  • The map at the top of the page is based on a map from London Ancestor.
  • The second map, "Southwark areas", is copied from Wikipedia and licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0. The original uploader was Se16boy.