Family History

We are very keen to develop our family history section of this website, both by offering pictorial access to our inscriptions and monuments and by collecting people's memories of St. Barts.

Please do contact us on the link to the right if you have memories you would like to share and watch this space . . .

Family history at St. Bartholomew's Church, Sydenham, South East London

Family History Documents held at St. Barts

If you want a copy of a baptism or marriage certificate for a ceremony that took place at St. Barts, these can be provided on request to the vicar. Fees are laid down by the Church Commissioners and are currently £10 for a baptism or marriage certificate. If a search of the registers is needed, the fee is £21 in each case.

However, we do not hold the registers here for all the weddings or baptisms that have taken place. We have baptism records from April 1951 onwards and marriage registers from 1924 onwards. All our records from 1832 up to that date are kept at the Lewisham Local Studies Centre, whose contact details are:

Lewisham Library
199-201 Lewisham High Street
London SE13 6LG
Tel: 020 8297 0682

Lewisham Local Studies Centre also has our burial records from 1832 to 1923. The churchyard was closed for new burials in 1858. In the 1980s a Garden of Remembrance was created for the internment of ashes of parishioners. The records of these are kept at St. Bartholomews.

If you want to find out about your ancestors who may have lived here, and be either buried in the churchyard or commemorated by a memorial, a large and fascinating archive exists at Kent Archaeology. It also provides information about some of the leading figures of Sydenham in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This contains over 500 entries for St. Bartholomews with a mass of detail about the family, friends and contacts of the people concerned. 

To look at the archive, click Here or on the link to the right.

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