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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.

Notes for using the database:

Name Burial date Gender Cause of death Personal information / Profession Residence London Parishes Source
Johnson, Richard 29th September 1574 M Almsboy
St Bartholomew Exchange LMA ref:P69/BAT1/A/001/MS04374, Item 001
Smith, Josua 29th September 1574 F Daughter of John Smith St Bartholomew Exchange LMA ref:P69/BAT1/A/001/MS04374, Item 001
Smith, Winnfride 30th September 1574 F Daughter of John Smith St Bartholomew Exchange LMA ref:P69/BAT1/A/001/MS04374, Item 001
Smith, William 17th October 1574 M Son of John Smith St Bartholomew Exchange LMA ref:P69/BAT1/A/001/MS04374, Item 001
Hewbart, Francys 1st November 1574 M Stranger
St Benet Fink LMA ref:P69/BEN1/A/001/MS04097
Benton, Henry 9th November 1574 M Son of John Benton St Bartholomew Exchange LMA ref:P69/BAT1/A/001/MS04374, Item 001
Crosreyld, William 25th November 1574 M Henry Lambe's apprentice
St Benet Fink LMA ref:P69/BEN1/A/001/MS04097
Hewbart, Jeremy 3rd December 1574 M Son of Francys Hewbart St Benet Fink LMA ref:P69/BEN1/A/001/MS04097
Varducke, Ann Gillykyn 7th April 1575 F Daughter of Michaell Varducke St Bartholomew Exchange LMA ref:P69/BAT1/A/001/MS04374, Item 001
Felix, Lewes 9th April 1575 M St Bartholomew Exchange LMA ref:P69/BAT1/A/001/MS04374, Item 001
de Candeler, Henry 21st April 1575 M Buried in 'one coffyn' with Margaret Ede
St Bartholomew Exchange LMA ref:P69/BAT1/A/001/MS04374, Item 001
Ede, Margaret 21st April 1575 F Buried 'both in one coffyn' with Henry de Candeler
St Bartholomew Exchange LMA ref:P69/BAT1/A/001/MS04374, Item 001
Hawnce, Susan 24th April 1575 F Stranger
St Bartholomew Exchange LMA ref:P69/BAT1/A/001/MS04374, Item 001
Heard, Richard 16th August 1575 M St Benet Fink LMA ref:P69/BEN1/A/001/MS04097
Temple, Margat 5th September 1575 F Dawson's maid
St Benet Fink LMA ref:P69/BEN1/A/001/MS04097
Taylor, Jane 22nd September 1575 F St Bartholomew Exchange LMA ref:P69/BAT1/A/001/MS04374, Item 001
Sawyer, Mary 23rd September 1575 F Daughter of George Sawyer St Benet Fink LMA ref:P69/BEN1/A/001/MS04097
Brand, Fayth 26th September 1575 F from Sawyer's house St Benet Fink LMA ref:P69/BEN1/A/001/MS04097
Sandfeild, Richard 7th October 1575 M from widow Sawyer's house St Benet Fink LMA ref:P69/BEN1/A/001/MS04097
Hinchpoole, Jone 4th November 1575 F Wife of William Hinchpoole St Bartholomew Exchange LMA ref:P69/BAT1/A/001/MS04374, Item 001
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