The Old Church of St Pancras

Pancras Road, London

The Old Church of St PancrasSt Pancras Old Church, which was obviously known simply as St Pancras Church until St Pancras New Church was built a little over half a mile away, is believed to be one of the oldest sites of Christian worship in London. Documentary evidence for the early history of the church is scanty, but it is believed to have existed since around 314AD.
Originally it was the parish church of St Pancras, which then almost stretched from Oxford Street to Highgate. However in the 14th century the population abandoned the site and the church fell into disrepair. It lost its status as the central church of the parish when St Pancras New Church was consecrated to the south in 1822, and became a chapel of ease.
By 1847 the Old Church was derelict, but as the local population grew it was decided to restore it and once again services were held in its confines. A replacement tower was built and the building was lengthened, though it remained quite small. There have been further restorations since, particularly in 1948 following Second World War bomb damage. Today the building is a grade II* listed building, and in the churchyard is the tomb of Sir John Soames, one of only two Grade 1 listed tombs in the country.

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Those known to have been baptised here:

Joseph Reffell Partridge, baptism date: 7/4/1823

James Partridge, baptism date: 15/5/1825

Arthur John Charles White, baptism date: 13/5/1829

Mary Ann Reffell, baptism date: 9/8/1840

Jane Headland, baptism date: 22/5/1847

Maria Headland, baptism date: 20/11/1847

Susannah Headland, baptism date: 2/3/1852

Annie Reffell, baptism date: 6/1/1864

Those known to have been married here:

Thomas West and Fanny Reffell, marriage date: 29/8/1802

Frederick Smith and Mary Ann Reffell, marriage date: 12/2/1842

Robert Dace Lyell and Elizabeth Jenkins, marriage date: 17/7/1852

Henry William Headland and Harriett Salter, marriage date: 15/1/1855

William Joseph Reffell and Emma Lavinia Smith, marriage date: 23/1/1856

Albert John Watkins and Jane Headland, marriage date: 23/12/1866

John Thomas Langton and Margaret Reffell, marriage date: 22/11/1882