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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
Holmes, John 26th June 1578 M Servant to Mr Smith
St Bartholomew Exchange LMA ref:P69/BAT1/A/001/MS04374, Item 001
Ashmore, Alce 9th July 1578 F St Bartholomew Exchange LMA ref:P69/BAT1/A/001/MS04374, Item 001
Vangham, William 25th July 1578 M Servant to Lewes Davy
St Bartholomew Exchange LMA ref:P69/BAT1/A/001/MS04374, Item 001
Scarlet, Beniamin 7th August 1578 M Son of John Scarlet St Bartholomew Exchange LMA ref:P69/BAT1/A/001/MS04374, Item 001
Warren, Elizabeth 7th August 1578 F St Bartholomew Exchange LMA ref:P69/BAT1/A/001/MS04374, Item 001
Cooke, Thomas 21st August 1578 M All Hallows Bread Street Harleian Society,Vol. 43
Bosworth, Da[n]yell 22nd August 1578 M St Nicholas Cole Abbey LMA ref:P69/NIC2/A/001/MS05685
Bosworth, Walter 24th August 1578 M St Nicholas Cole Abbey LMA ref:P69/NIC2/A/001/MS05685
Hadwood, John 30th August 1578 M St Bartholomew Exchange LMA ref:P69/BAT1/A/001/MS04374, Item 001
Wells, Elizabeth 30th August 1578 F St Bartholomew Exchange LMA ref:P69/BAT1/A/001/MS04374, Item 001
Cooke, Jeremy 8th September 1578 M Son of Thomas Cooke All Hallows Honey Lane LMA ref:P69/ALH3/A/001/MS05022, pp. 40-53
Tomlin, John 10th September 1578 M hung hymselffe the day before in Mr. Colymer's house haberdasher servant to James Folimer
All Hallows Honey Lane LMA ref:P69/ALH3/A/001/MS05022, pp. 40-53
Clarke, Catheren 11th September 1578 F Pleurisy Servant with Nycholas Bayly, grosser
All Hallows Honey Lane LMA ref:P69/ALH3/A/001/MS05022, pp. 40-53
Cutler, Robert 16th September 1578 M Servant with John Wright, draper
from Boston St Mary Woolnoth LMA ref: P69/MRY15/A/001/MS07635, Item 001
Bayles, John 20th September 1578 M Draper
St Mary Woolnoth LMA ref: P69/MRY15/A/001/MS07635, Item 001
Martyn, Sarah 30th September 1578 F Daughter of Richard Martin (sic) St Bartholomew Exchange LMA ref:P69/BAT1/A/001/MS04374, Item 001
Leigh, Francis 11th October 1578 Unknown from Sherwood's St Benet Fink LMA ref:P69/BEN1/A/001/MS04097
Blunt, Frauncis 23rd October 1578 F Daughter of France[s] Blunt St Bartholomew Exchange LMA ref:P69/BAT1/A/001/MS04374, Item 001
Hollies, Isabell 23rd October 1578 F St Bartholomew Exchange LMA ref:P69/BAT1/A/001/MS04374, Item 001
Russell, George 3rd November 1578 M Apprentice to the goodman Ma[t]hew
St Bartholomew Exchange LMA ref:P69/BAT1/A/001/MS04374, Item 001
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