Discover your English ancestors through the St Mary, Lambeth burial records. The records span over decades and includes the lives of more than 50,000 individuals, including in excess of 6,000 people who died in the Lambeth workhouse. Reveal your ancestor’s residence, burial date and age at death.
The records include transcripts created by the East Surrey Family History Society. Burial records were not created to record large amounts of information but what is there can reveal valuable material for your family tree. The information in each transcript can vary but most will include:
*Birth year is determined by the given age at death. The deceased’s age was given by a relative or someone close to the person. However, the age was not always known and could often be guesstimated. For this reason, the Birth year is not always accurate.
Lambeth is located in South London along the River Thames. It features Waterloo Station, Britain’s busiest railway station and arguably the busiest station in the Western hemisphere. Lambeth was mentioned in William Blake’s epic poem Milton, written between 1804 and 1810. In the poem Milton travels back from Heaven as a comet and arrives in Lambeth. Blake lived in Lambeth from 1790 to 1800 during his most productive period.
The church of St. Mary-at-Lambeth is the oldest structure in Lambeth. The first church on site was built in 1062 by Goda, the sister of Edward the Confessor. Later it was rebuilt with stone and became the church of the Archbishop of London. The Lambeth Palace, the London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury, stands adjacent to the church and opposite the Palace of Westminster, across the Thames. The church was deconsecrated in 1979 and today is the home of the Garden Museum.
The burial records include more than 6,500 deaths from the Lambeth Workhouse. The workhouse was opened in 1726 on Princes Road. When it opened the men, women and children were required to spin Mopp Yarn. Men were used to break the wool with stock cards and women would spin yarn and knit stockings. Children were taught to read, but not taught to write. Over a century after its opening it was the subject of controversy after a description was published in the Pall Mall Gazette, exposing the deplorable conditions. Articles about the Lambeth workhouse can be found in findmypast’s British Newspapers, including the Pall Mall Gazette. The workhouse regularly exceeded its capacity of 1,100 inmates. A new workhouse was built in 1874 on Renfrew Road. Princes Road workhouse is now demolished.