1000 years of London’s History

London Metropolitan Archives.

LMA is a public research centre which specialises in the history of London, caring for and providing access to the historical archives of businesses, schools, hospitals, charities and all manner of other organisations from the London area. With over 100km of books, maps, photographs, films and documents dating back to 1067 in their strong rooms, they’re proud to provide access to one of the finest city archives in the world – you could call it the memory of London.

If you can’t visit LMA, you can still access many of the collections online and participate in online events and activities – check the digital resources page for more details.

London Metropolitan Archives is working in partnership with ANCESTRY to digitise and provide access to genealogical sources. Over 20 million parish records are  available along with poor law sources including workhouse records, and electoral registers. Registers from London’s Non-Conformist congregations and chapels have also been added, making these unique marriage and baptism records available online for the first time.

Collections available include:

  • Fully indexed parish baptisms, marriages and burials
  • Parish poor law records
  • Boards of Guardians records
  • Diocesan marriage bonds and allegations
  • School admission and discharge registers
  • Electoral registers, overseers returns and poll books
  • Land tax records
  • Wills
  • City of London Freedoms
  • Middlesex Sessions – Transportation Contracts

LMA provides free access to view the indexes and images through Ancestry.co.uk on the computer terminals in their public rooms.

Please note that this content was not originated by FCELH but it has been posted here because it may be of interest to members and others interested in English local history. For any queries please contact:

London Metropolitan Archives
40 Northampton Road

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