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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.

Our London Parishes and Boroughs page has tables showing the current boroughs with links to maps, also a table of the 1889 Metropolitan Boroughs.

Select a letter to go to boroughs starting with: B - C - E - G - H - I - K - L - M - N - R - S - T - W

Barking and Dagenham (Essex)

Museums and Heritage.

Archives and Local Studies Centre at Valance House Museum, Becontree Avenue, Dagenham RM8 3HT.

Barnet (Middlesex & Hertfordshire)

Local Studies Centreat 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.

Bexley (Kent)

Local Studies and Archives Centre, Townley Road, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA6 7HJ.

Local History

Brent (Middlesex)

Libraries and Museum and Archives

Bromley (Kent)

From A to Z listing choose Archives, Libraries, Museums

Archives at Central Library, High Street, Bromley, BR1 1EX

Camden (Middlesex)

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

Records and Archives

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.

Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury, London EC2 - manuscript section and details of books published

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."

Croydon (Surrey)

Local Studies Library, the Archives Service and Museum are all lcoated at Croydon Clocktower, Katharine Street, Croydon CR9 1ET

Ealing (Middlesex)

Local History Centre: information on the local history centre, 103 Ealing Broadway Centre (first floor), The Broadway, W5 5JY. Phone 020 8567 3656 ext 37. Includes council, school etc archives, newspapers from 1854, thousands of photographs, maps from 1856, books and paintings. Leaflet available. Closed Sunday, Monday.

Library catalogue

Enfield (Middlesex)

Library Service
Local History Unit, Enfield Local Studies Library & Archive, First Floor, Thomas Hardy House, 39 London Road, Enfield. EN2 6DS. Tel. 020 8379 2724. Open 9.30am to 4.30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Enfield museum service includes Forty Hall museum - for its address and opening times see Culture 24 and search for "Enfield".

Greenwich (Kent)

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 (Middlesex)

Hackney Archives Department 43 De Beauvoir Road London N1 5SQ

Hammersmith and Fulham (Middlesex)

Archives The Lilla Huset, 191 Talgarth Road, London W6 8BJ

Haringey (Middlesex)

Archives and Local History Bruce Castle, Tottenham, Lordship Lane, London N17 8NU

Harrow (Middlesex)

Local History Collection Civic Centre Library, Civic Centre, Station Road, Harrow, Middlesex HA1 2UU

Harrow Museum, Headstone Manor, Pinner View, Harrow, HA2 6PX.

Havering (Essex)

Local Studies and Family History Centre.

Central Library, St Edwards Way, Romford RM1 3AR

Hillingdon (Middlesex)

Libraries and catalogue

Local Studies, Archives and Museum Service, Central Library, 14-15 High Street, Uxbridge UB8 1HD.
NB. The Service will be closed for at least 9 months from 28 March 2013 for refurbishment. A limited enquiry service may be available.

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.

Hounslow (Middlesex)

Libraries: addresses and contacts has a full list. Local Studies information is at Hounslow library, on the first floor of the Treaty Centre Shopping Centre on Hounslow High Street, and Chiswick Library, Duke's Avenue, W4 2AB (includes Brentford information). There is a separate website of library information.

Islington (Middlesex)


Local History Centre Islington Local History Collection, Finsbury Library, 245 St John Street, London EC1V 4NB. Tel: 020 7527 7988. Email:

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:

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.

Lambeth (Surrey)

Leisure and Culture 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)

Local Studies Centreon the second floor of Lewisham Library, 199-201 Lewisham High Street, London SE13 6LG

Merton (Surrey)

Merton Local Studies Centre, Merton Civic Centre, London Rd. Morden Surrey SM4 5DX

Newham (Essex)

Archives and Local History Library Stratford Library, 3 The Grove, London E15 1EL.

Redbridge (Essex)

Information and Heritage Service, Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford, Essex IG1 1EA.

Richmond upon Thames (Surrey)

Library - Local Studies and Special Collections Albert Barkas Room, Old Town Hall, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond TW9 1TP.

Cemeteries - web pages have maps, and links to indexes where available.

Southwark (Surrey)

Local History Library at rear of John Harvard library, 211 Borough High Street, London SE1 1JA .

Sutton (Surrey)

Local Studies.
Archive and Local Studies search room, Level 5 West, Central Library, St Nicholas Way, Sutton, Surrey SM1 1EA.
Tel: (020) 8770 4700 Email:

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)


The Archives and Local Studies Library is housed in the Vestry House Nuseum, Waltham Forest's museum of local history. The address is: Vestry Road, Walthamstow , London E17 9NH.

Wandsworth (Surrey)

Wandsworth Heritage Service, Battersea Library, Lavender Hill, SW11 1JB

Westminster (Middlesex)

Libraries and archives

City of Westminster Archives Centre, 10 St Ann's Street, London SW1P 2DE.

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