London Boroughs - Archives and Local Studies Libraries
This page lists the present-day boroughs of Greater London together with the counties which originally contained their current area, with links to their web sites. For each there is a link to libraries, archives or local studies, with street address.
The City of London Parishes & Wards page has tables showing the current boroughs with links to maps, also a table of the 1889 Metropolitan Boroughs.
Barking and Dagenham (Essex)
Barnet (Middlesex & Hertfordshire)
Local Studies Centre at Hendon Library (first floor), The Burroughs, London NW4 4BQ. Look at their website for opening hours before going there! The Centre holds the records of the Borough of Barnet and its predecessors for the areas of Barnet, Edgware, Finchley Golders Green and Hendon.
Local Studies and Archives Centre, Townley Road, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA6 7HJ.
- Brent Archives, George Furness House, 2-12 Grange Road, Willesden, NW10 2QY.
- Brent Museum Willesden Green Library Centre, 95 High Road, Willesden Green, London, NW10 2SU.
From A to Z listing choose Archives, Libraries, Museums
Archives at Central Library, High Street, Bromley, BR1 1EX
Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre, Holborn Library , 32-38 Theobalds Road , London WC1X 8PA. This web page has links to their family history pages, with "Getting Started", "Guides to Research" and "Family history sources"
City of London or Corporation of London
The London Metropolitan Archives incorporates the former Corporation of London Record Office (CLRO, holding the official archives of the Corporation of London), the Guildhall Library manuscript section, the Guildhall Prints and Maps collection. All these collections are now at the Clerkenwell site of the LMA.
Quote from their web page: "London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) is the largest local authority record office in the United Kingdom. There are 72KM of archives, modern records, plans, audio-visual and printed material in our strong-rooms - an enormous amount of information about the capital and its people. This material dates from 1067 ...". LMA has online a number of useful information leaflets and a Site search.
LMA's London Generations Database holds details of registers of churches (including Bishop's transcripts and non-conformist registers), workhouses, schools and electors. It does not contain individual names of Londoners.
LMA's catalogue provides descriptions of the vast majority of their collections.
Quote from their web page: "If your interest is in family history, we may be able to help in tracing your ancestors. Guildhall Library holds a wide range of useful secondary sources, including family history society journals and other publications, printed parish register transcripts, Burke's and Debrett's peerage and landed gentry publications, directories of professions (eg Army List, Navy List, Air Force List, Crockford's Clerical Directory, Law List, Medical Directory), printed registers of public schools and universities and the London Gazette. We also have an extensive collection of trade and telephone directories for the whole of the British Isles. Please see our information sheets for further information about Guildhall Library collections which are useful for family history research."
Local History Centre: information on the local history centre, Dominion Centre and Library, 112 The Green, Southall, Middlesex UB2 4BQ Tel: 020 8825 6551. Includes council, school etc archives, newspapers from 1854, thousands of photographs, maps from 1856, books and paintings. Leaflet available. Closed Sunday, Monday.
Local Studies Library and Archive, First Floor, Dugdale Centre, 39 London Road, Enfield, EN2 6DS. Tel. 020 8379 2724. Email: local.history[at]enfield.gov[dot]uk Open 9am - 12:30pm and 1:30pm - 5pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Greenwich Heritage Centre opened in 2003 replacing Greenwich Museum and Local Studies Library, at Building 41, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, London SE18. It also incorporates an exhibition Inside the Arsenal. Opening times: Tuesday Saturday: 9am - 5pm; Closed: Sunday, Monday and Public holidays.
Greenwich Library Services page includes a link to "your library online" for catalogue.
Hackney Archives Department 43 De Beauvoir Road London N1 5SQ
Hammersmith and Fulham (Middlesex)
Archives Hammersmith & Fulham Local Studies & Archives, Hammersmith Library, Shepherds Bush Road, London, W6 7AT
Archives and Local History Bruce Castle, Tottenham, Lordship Lane, London N17 8NU
Local History Collection, Harrow Museum Heritage Centre, Pinner View, Harrow, HA2 6PX. Tel: 020 8861 3074. Email: localhistory.library[at]harrow.gov[dot]uk
Harrow Museum, Headstone Manor, Pinner View, Harrow, HA2 6PX.
Central Library, St Edwards Way, Romford RM1 3AR
Local Studies, Archives and Museum Service, Central Library, 14-15 High Street, Uxbridge UB8 1HD.
Heritage Builds Bridges is a joint project between the Borough of Hillingdon, Brunel University and the British and Foreign School Society to catalogue and digitise their collections and make them available online.
Libraries: addresses and contacts has a full list. Local Studies information is at Hounslow and Feltham Local Studies and Archives, Feltham Library, The Centre, High Street, Feltham, TW13 4GU. Tel: 020 8583 5497 Email: localstudies[at]hounslow.gov[dot]uk, and Chiswick Local Studies, Chiswick Library, Duke's Avenue, W4 2AB (includes Brentford information). There is a separate website of library information.
Local History Centre Islington Local History Collection, Finsbury Library, 245 St John Street, London EC1V 4NB. Tel: 020 7527 7988. Email: local.history[at]islington.gov[dot]uk
Islington Museum is underneath the Finsbury Library at 245 St John Street, London EC1V 4NB. Tel: 020 7527 3235. Open daily 10-5, closed Wednesday and Sunday. Email: islington.museum[at]islington.gov[dot]uk
Kensington and Chelsea (Middlesex)
Local Studies at the Central Library, Phillimore Walk, LONDON W8 7RX
The Virtual Museum of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Kingston upon Thames (Surrey)
Museum at Wheatfield Way, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2PS UK. Local History Room is Room 46, North Kingston Centre, Richmond Road, Kingston upon Thames KT2 5PE. UK.
Leisure Parks and Libraries links to libraries and Lambeth Archives the borough's record office and local history library, Minet Library, 52 Knatchbull Road SE5 9QY. Lambeth Landmark has online the best 6,000 images from the Lambeth Archives collection of 30,000 old photographs, drawings, prints and water colours.
Lewisham (Surrey & Kent)
Merton Local Studies Centre, Merton Civic Centre, London Rd. Morden Surrey SM4 5DX
Archives and Local History Library Stratford Library, 3 The Grove, London E15 1EL.
Archives and History Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford, Essex IG1 1EA.
Richmond upon Thames (Surrey)
Cemeteries - web pages have maps, and links to indexes where available.
Southwark Heritage, Cuming Museum, Art Collection and Local History Library and Archive, 211 Borough High Street London SE1 1JA. Tel. (020) 7525 0232 Email: LHLibrary[at]southwark.gov[dot]uk
Archive and Local Studies search room, Level 5 West, Central Library, St Nicholas Way, Sutton, Surrey SM1 1EA.
Tel: (020) 8770 4700 Email: local.studies[at]sutton.gov[dot]uk
The Diocese of Southwark has a useful website with links to record offices, parishes and parish websites.
Tower Hamlets (Middlesex)
Local history library and archives Bancroft Library, 277 Bancroft Road, London, El 4DQ. Covers the area of the present-day London Borough of Tower Hamlets; the original East End of London which, until 1965, comprised of the Boroughs of Bethnal Green, Poplar and Stepney.
Waltham Forest (Middlesex & Essex)
Wandsworth Heritage Service, Battersea Library, Lavender Hill, SW11 1JB
Wandsworth Museum, 38 West Hill, London, SW18 1RX
City of Westminster Archives Centre, 10 St Ann's Street, London SW1P 2DE.