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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
Martyn, Eme 28th March 1576 F Servant with Thomas Morgan
St Mary Woolnoth LMA ref: P69/MRY15/A/001/MS07635, Item 001
Simson, Ursula 14th April 1576 F St Botolph Bishopsgate LMA ref:P69/BOT4/A/001/MS04515, Item 001 p. 31
Kathryn 5th November 1576 F Brought to bedd in moorfield
St Giles Cripplegate LMA ref: P69/GIS/A/002/MS06419, Item 001 p. 48
Harris, Andrew 15th January 1577 M St Bartholomew Exchange LMA ref:P69/BAT1/A/001/MS04374, Item 001
Todd, Johanne 30th January 1577 F Wife of Robert Todd St Michael Bassishaw Harleian Society,Vol. 72
Miles, John 6th August 1577 M Son of Robert Miles St Bartholomew Exchange LMA ref:P69/BAT1/A/001/MS04374, Item 001
Unknown 14th August 1577 Unknown out of John Watsonne's house St Peter Westcheap (Wood Street) LMA ref:P69/PET4/A/001/MS06502
Miles, Elizabeth 21st August 1577 F Daughter of Robert Miles St Bartholomew Exchange LMA ref:P69/BAT1/A/001/MS04374, Item 001
Scarlet, Joseph 26th August 1577 M Son of John Scarlet St Bartholomew Exchange LMA ref:P69/BAT1/A/001/MS04374, Item 001
Mahen, Susan 3rd September 1577 F Daughter of John Mahen St Bartholomew Exchange LMA ref:P69/BAT1/A/001/MS04374, Item 001
Mahen, John 20th September 1577 M Buried with sister Sarah
Son of John Mahen
St Bartholomew Exchange LMA ref:P69/BAT1/A/001/MS04374, Item 001
Mahen, Sarah 20th September 1577 F Buried together with brother John
Daughter of John Mahen
St Bartholomew Exchange LMA ref:P69/BAT1/A/001/MS04374, Item 001
Dickinson, Richard 21st September 1577 M St Bartholomew Exchange LMA ref:P69/BAT1/A/001/MS04374, Item 001
Mahen, Samuell 4th October 1577 M Son of John Mahen St Bartholomew Exchange LMA ref:P69/BAT1/A/001/MS04374, Item 001
Shorte, Samuell 9th October 1577 M St Bartholomew Exchange LMA ref:P69/BAT1/A/001/MS04374, Item 001
Unknown 8th November 1577 F "a poore woman who dyed in the streat, whose name we know not, neyter from werre she was, but as we suppose she was a mayd and thought of some to be a Welsh woman of one born thereabout. She is layd in the New Churchyard, or plane of buryall [ground] made by Sir Thomas Rowe, late knight and alderman of this City and free of the worshipful company of the tailors.
All Hallows London Wall LMA ref:P69/ALH5/A/002/MS05084, p. 45
Anglesey, Giles 12th November 1577 M Son of William Anglesey St Bartholomew Exchange LMA ref:P69/BAT1/A/001/MS04374, Item 001
Smith, John 13th January 1578 M Clearke' [Clerk]
St Bartholomew Exchange LMA ref:P69/BAT1/A/001/MS04374, Item 001
Gray, Wylliam 23rd March 1578 M Surfit and gret cold a Butcher's boy
dwelling with Mr. Antone page All Hallows Honey Lane LMA ref:P69/ALH3/A/001/MS05022, pp. 40-53
Procter, Robarte 17th May 1578 M From the Starr All Hallows Bread Street Harleian Society,Vol. 43
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