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Bedlam Burial Ground Register

This is a register of over 5,000 people buried at the Bedlam Burial Ground at Liverpool Street in the City of London.

In 2015, Crossrail commenced a major archaeological excavation at the eastern ticket hall of the new Liverpool Street Crossrail station. The Bedlam Burial Ground lies beneath this site, with an estimated 20,000 Londoners buried there in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Ahead of the excavation, Crossrail’s archaeology team asked a group of 16 volunteers to help compile the first extensive register of people buried at Bedlam. The volunteers reviewed historic parish burial registers across the City of London, identifying the names and backgrounds of over 5,000 Londoners buried at the site.  The London Metropolitan Archive has been an invaluable source throughout this research.

This research will contribute to our understanding of the burial ground, the local area and the history of London in the 16th and 17th centuries, one of its most turbulent periods.

The list is not exhaustive; some parish records were destroyed, lost or damaged during the Great Fire and World War bombings. Others have poor legibility. With a few exceptions, parishes outside London have not been researched due to resource constraints. 

Please contact us if you have any queries or relevant information by emailing bedlamrecords@crossrail.co.uk.

Notes for using the database:

Name Burial date Gender Cause of death Personal information / Profession Residence London Parishes Source
Davis, Jenken 21st July 1558 M Plague from the widow Doble house in the Bowling alley St Michael Queenhithe LMA ref:P69/MIC6/A/001/MS09147, p. 66
Hartewell, Mark 7th October 1563 M Servant to Mr. Nicholas Grimes, Taylor?
St Mary Woolnoth LMA ref: P69/MRY15/A/001/MS07635, Item 001
Hayes, Allan 21st December 1563 M Son of Alan Hayes, Cobler St Mary Woolnoth LMA ref: P69/MRY15/A/001/MS07635, Item 001
Savadge, Elizabeth 20th May 1570 F St Bartholomew Exchange LMA ref:P69/BAT1/A/001/MS04374, Item 001
Harrison, John 3rd June 1570 M St Bartholomew Exchange LMA ref:P69/BAT1/A/001/MS04374, Item 001
King, Maryan 21st July 1570 F St Bartholomew Exchange LMA ref:P69/BAT1/A/001/MS04374, Item 001
Winchpoole, Henry 22nd August 1570 M St Bartholomew Exchange LMA ref:P69/BAT1/A/001/MS04374, Item 001
Thomas 5th October 1570 M new churchyard St Olave Jewry LMA ref:P69/OLA2/A/002/MS04400 Item 001, p. 5
Meese, Phillipe 3rd January 1573 M the Elder
Father of Phillip Meese the younger
St Benet Fink LMA ref:P69/BEN1/A/001/MS04097
Blockes, Samuel 6th January 1573 M St Benet Fink LMA ref:P69/BEN1/A/001/MS04097
Martine, William 16th March 1573 M Minister and preacher Buried in the New buryall plane Bethalem founded by Sir Thomas Rowe late knight And alderman of London.
All Hallows London Wall LMA ref:P69/ALH5/A/002/MS05084, p. 41
Dolla Villa, Notalla Rarre 1st June 1573 F Stranger
Wife of Jasper Dolla Villa
St Benet Fink LMA ref:P69/BEN1/A/001/MS04097
Mawrye, Mychaell 21st August 1573 M Servant of Mychaell Plor
St Benet Fink LMA ref:P69/BEN1/A/001/MS04097
Gryffyne, Thomas 23rd August 1573 M out of Mr. Mychaell Plor's house St Benet Fink LMA ref:P69/BEN1/A/001/MS04098
Meese, Philip 27th September 1573 M Son of Philip Meese St Benet Fink LMA ref:P69/BEN1/A/001/MS04099
Crabe, Andryannyera 12th October 1573 F Wife to Christianne Crabe St Benet Fink LMA ref:P69/BEN1/A/001/MS04097
Mushette, Hester 25th October 1573 F St Benet Fink LMA ref:P69/BEN1/A/001/MS04097
Gart, Synay 26th October 1573 Unknown out of the Cocke St Benet Fink LMA ref:P69/BEN1/A/001/MS04097
Christian 30th October 1573 Unknown Nurse
out of the Cocke St Benet Fink LMA ref:P69/BEN1/A/001/MS04097
Myese, Jacomence 2nd November 1573 F out of Mr. Worsley's house St Benet Fink LMA ref:P69/BEN1/A/001/MS04097
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