St Pancras was a very large parish, and at the end of the
eighteenth century was almost entirely rural. The original church, now
known as St Pancras Old Church, dates from at least as far back as the
600s and is one of the oldest places of Christian worship and burial in
the country, although the church has been heavily restored and there is
little left that is ancient.
During the early nineteenth century the centre of gravity of the parish
moved south, and the New Church was built just south of what is now the
Apart from its own burial ground around the old church, the
extended parish found room for a number of extra-parochial grounds for a
number of Inner London parishes - St Giles, St Martin in the
Fields, St James Piccadilly, and St Andrew's Holborn. In addition, the
great cemetery at Highgate was established within the original parish.
During the nineteenth century the parish became an almost
completely urban one, with a huge increase in population. By the end of
the nineteenth century the original parish had been divided and
subdivided into a total of 30 parishes.