skip to content

London Metropolitan Archives (LMA)


40 Northampton Road


020 7332 3820


020 7833 9136




The Archive's holdings cover the former County of London and Middlesex which were both established in 1889. The County of London, administered by the London County Council, was formed from the metropolitan or ‘central’ areas of the ancient counties of Middlesex, Kent and Surrey (Lambeth, Southwark, Newington and Wandsworth). The remaining areas of Middlesex survived as a small county council. Following further reforms in 1965, the London county council and the Middlesex county council were abolished and Greater London was formed taking in further areas of Kent and Surrey as well as parts of Essex. The archives also holds the records of the former Inner London Education Authority. See London Parishes & Boroughs for more details on the administrative changes in London. Guides to place names and parishes and their present-day boroughs covered by the LMA are available here.

The main London Metropolitan Archives online catalogue covers over 2 million descriptions with many photographs, prints, maps and films available to use online at COLLAGE. The London Generations family history database includes a variety of indexes to the major family history sources. The LMAcatalogue can also be searched from The National Archives Discovery catalogue under ‘search other archives’.

The LMA’s holdings include:

Parish registers
Poor law records
Workhouse record
Boards of Guardians registers
Electoral registers
Quarters session records
Prison registers
Business and employment records

London Metropolitan Archives also hold the records formerly held by the Corporation of London Record Office which consist of official archives of the Corporation of London. Please note that the corporation's jurisdiction extended beyond the city boundaries. A series of information leaflets covering many topics of interest to the family historian is available at the LMA website.

The following LMA sources are available to use on the Ancestry website: Parish records consisting of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials from the original Church of England registers and Bishops' Transcripts, Non Conformist chapel and congregation registers, workhouse admission and discharge registers, poor law records, school registers, wills, LCC school admission and discharge registers, City of London Freedom records, electoral registers, poll books, land tax, marriage bonds and allegations and transportation papers. An A to Z of London Parishes showing what London parish records can be found on Ancestry sites or at LMA and other locations is available at here.

Also see
County & Local Histories