St Paul Covent Garden

For the church, see St Paul's, Covent Garden.
St Paul Covent Garden

  1881-1921 26 acres (0.11 km2)
  1881 2,919
  1901 1,692
  1921 1,063
  Created 1645
  Abolished 1922
  Succeeded by City of Westminster (parish)
Status Civil parish
Government St Paul Vestry (1645–1855)
Strand District Board of Works (1855–1900)
Contained within
  District Strand (1855–1900)
  Poor Law Union Strand (1836–1913)
City of Westminster (1913–1922)

St Paul Covent Garden was a civil parish in the metropolitan area of London, England. The former area of the parish now corresponds to the Covent Garden market and surrounding streets in the City of Westminster.


It was created in 1645 from part of the ancient parish of St Martin in the Fields, and was within the Liberty of Westminster.[1] The parish was included in the returns of the Bills of mortality.[2]

St Paul Covent Garden was completely surrounded by the parish of St Martin in the Fields.[3] It was grouped into the Strand District in 1855 when it came within the area of responsibility of the Metropolitan Board of Works.

In 1889 the parish became part of the County of London and in 1900 it became part of the Metropolitan Borough of Westminster. It was abolished as a civil parish in 1922.

Poor law

The parish workhouse in Cleveland Street, Marylebone became the workhouse of the Strand Poor Law Union in 1836.


  1. Youngs, Frederic (1979). Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England. I: Southern England. London: Royal Historical Society. ISBN 0-901050-67-9.
  2. Reginald H. Adams (1971). The Parish Clerks of London. Phillimore.
  3. Port, M. H. (Edr.) (1986). "Illustrative map of London parishes". The Commissions for building fifty new churches: The minute books, 1711-27, a calendar. London Record Society.

Coordinates: 51°30′42″N 0°7′25″W / 51.51167°N 0.12361°W / 51.51167; -0.12361

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