Southwark St Olave

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Southwark St Olave
Southwark St Olave and St Thomas
Southwark St Olave covered most of the left of this 2004 photo, taken looking west with St Saviour's Dock above the barges at the bottom and London Bridge at the top
Southwark St Olave covers most of the left of this 2004 photo
Southwark Civil Parish Map 1870.png
 • 1891 48 acres (190,000 m2)
 • 1871 3,897
 • 1881 2,247
 • 1891 2,159
 • 1871 81/acre
 • 1881 47/acre
 • 1891 45/acre
 • Origin Ancient parish
 • Abolished 1904
 • Succeeded by Bermondsey
Status Civil parish

Southwark St Olave was an ancient civil and ecclesiastical parish on the south bank of the River Thames, covering the area around where Shard London Bridge now stands in the modern London Borough of Southwark. The boundaries varied over time but in general the parish stretched east from London Bridge past Tower Bridge to St Saviour's Dock. Southwark St Olave and St Thomas replaced the civil parish in 1896. It was abolished in 1904 and absorbed by Bermondsey parish.

Boundary changes[edit]

Southwark St Olave formed part of the ancient Borough of Southwark. Part of its area was split off around 1550 to create Southwark St Thomas, corresponding to the hospital of the Archbishop of Canterbury.[1] In 1733, part of area was used to create Southwark St John Horsleydown.


A map showing the St Olave & St Thomas wards of Bermondsey Metropolitan Borough as they appeared in 1916.

The parish became, with St John Horsleydown and St Thomas, part of the St Olave Poor Law Union and in 1855 it became part of the St Olave District of the Metropolis. It was absorbed by the County of London in 1889.

In 1896 St Olave was abolished as a civil parish and was combined again with Southwark St Thomas to form Southwark St Olave and St Thomas. In 1900 the combined parish became part of the Metropolitan Borough of Bermondsey and was abolished in 1904, with its former area absorbed into the Bermondsey civil parish, as was that of St John Horsleydown.[1]

The ecclesiastical parish of St Olave was abolished in 1947, and then formed part of Southwark St Olave and St John.[1]

See also[edit]

  • Tooley Street is the main thoroughfare of the parish and that article covers much of the secular history of the area


  1. ^ a b c Youngs, Frederic A, Jr. (1979). Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England, Vol.I: Southern England. London: Royal Historical Society. ISBN 0-901050-67-9. 

Coordinates: 51°30′16″N 0°4′51″W / 51.50444°N 0.08083°W / 51.50444; -0.08083