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Lambeth Palace Library


Lambeth Palace Road


020 7898 1400


020 7928 7932




The library founded in 1610 is the main repository for the archives of the Archbishops of Canterbury and for the history of the Church of England.

The holdings include published copies of Church of England parish registers for the City of London, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, Surrey and Sussex; bishops transcripts for the London area; a few registers and transcripts for churches outside the British Isles; marriage licences granted by the Vicar General and Faculty Office which are available online at; church court records including the Court of Arches and divorce records; medical licences issued to those wishing to work as a physician in the Province of Canterbury.

The library is a major participant the Church Plans Online web site.

The printed books catalogue of Lambeth Palace Library is available online as well as the catalogue of archives and manuscripts. A number of Research Guides are available at the web site including a guide to Sources for Family History and Genealogy.