Robinson's The History and Antiquities of Hackney (incl full colour Maps by John Rocque) - 2 vols.
Published in 1842
A superb insight into the parish for the historian and genealogist.
John Stow's Survey of London was first published in 1598 and since then has been the subject of numerous editions, some of which have resulted in editorial changes and insertions of places and events that occurred long after the author's death. This digital republication of Stow's work is taken from the 1916 London 'Mansion House' edition of the 1603 unadulterated version of the original.
John Stow was born in London in about 1525, the son of Thomas, a tallow chandler, but was apprenticed as a merchant tailor and had established a business in this trade by 1547. However, after making acquaintance with leading antiquarians of his day and playwrights such as Ben Johnson, Stow had by 1560 embarked on his life's endeavour and in 1561 published his first work: The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. Several publications followed, but in 1598 the work that Stow is best remembered for was published for the first time.
For its day, Stow's Survey of London was unique, and many contemporary commentators have observed that his minute descriptions of Elizabethan London, although at times quaint, have not been surpassed. The Survey of London records with candour and humour the social conditions and customs of London during the end of the reign of Elizabeth I in addition to almost forensic account of the city's buildings. This level of detail was not restricted to to the grander buildings of London as Stow, who died in poverty, was fascinated also by the low life of London. Each ward of the City as it then stood was perambulated and recorded by Stow as were the city's many ancient rivers wells, walls and bridges.
Containing in excess of 520 printed pages, Stow's Survey of London is divided into twenty or so chapters, recording the city's customs, places of learning, walls, gates and other topographical features as Stow observed them. The 1603 edition is prefaced by Norden's Map of London, which appeared in 1593, five years before Stow published his Survey and is concluded by Fitzstephen's 11thc. description of the city.
Indexed and fully-searchable on this digital republication, Stow's Survey of London must appeal to anyone interested in the city of London, in Elizabethan England and its manners and customs and would greatly aid any scholar or reader of Elizabethan literature.
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"London in 1731: Containing a Description of the City of London, both in Regard to its Extent, Buildings, Government, Trade, etc.", is a curious publication and was first brought to press in 1745 as part of the 'Harleian Collection', consisting of two volumes entitled 'Voyage to Great Britain, Containing an Account of England and Scotland' and 'A Collection of Voyages & Travels, compiled from the Library of the Earl of Oxford'. London in 1731 supposedly written by one Don Manoel Gonzales, a literary pseudonym, which has engaged some considerable investigation, with some pointing to Daniel Defoe as the publication's original author.
Defoe died in the year that London in 1731 was first published and it has been supposed that portions of the book issued from the travel collections to be found in the library of Robert Henry, 1st Earl of Oxford who died in 1724 and by additions to the library by his son, the 2nd Earl. This edition of London in 1731 is taken from John Pinkerton's General Collection of the best and most Interesting Voyages and Travels of the World, which was published between 1808 and 1818.
Although the precise date of the composition of London in 1731 and the identity of the author is still unknown, the book takes the reader through a tour of London in the time of Defoe, Pope and Samuel Johnson and gleanings from the text place its date of origin somewhere between the last years of the reign of George I and the first years of George II. This was a time when Covent Garden, formerly the gardens of the Convent of Westminster, was just ceasing to be the resort of the most fashionable of London Society as the moved to the first of London's great Squares: Grosvenor Square. This was also the age, indeed the height, of the Coffee Houses and the author or authors treat these with great favour.
London in 1731 is introduced with a description of the eight gates into the City before a lengthy account of the Tower of London. Full of quips and interesting intelligence of early Georgian London, this was an age when the infamous Tower of London Zoo - disbanded by Queen Victoria - but very much alive during the reign of George I, containing lions, tigers, eagles and other exotic animals sent to British Monarchs from foreign dignitaries, a practice that had prevailed since the establishment of the fortress by William I.
London in 1731 is republished here in full-searchable digital format and provides a fascinating account of early Georgian London through the eyes of 'someone' intimate with the City.
Invaluable to London researchers this book details alterations in street names and numbering since 1856 and shows localities, postal districts, parishes, boroughs map references.
The book's introduction states that this is a second revision of the original 1901 edition and a new feature is the addition of notes on the origins of street names given in recent years. The number of streets in the County of London at the time numbered 17,660.
The original Gentleman's Magazine contained articles on a vast array of subjects, including lots of wonderful topographical pieces.
In 1891 George Gomme republished all of these topograhical articles but edited and indexed them into county specific order. Each of Gomme's works contains between two and four separate counties, except for the London volumes.
An absolute goldmine of information about the county, its people and its places.
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This is one of the most important resources that we have seen, and one that should be of great interest to all family historians. Published in 1772 it was the handbook of the duties and responsibilities of the Parish Officer.
It includes the duties of the overseers of the poor, the power in relieving, employing and settling, etc. of poor persons; the laws relating to the poor, and settlements, and the statutes concerning masters and servants. The right of Settlement was something that was of great concern to all of our ancestors. Basically, to be able to have right of settlement in a parish, one had to be born there, married there or serving an apprenticeship there. Proof was all-important, especially if a person became destitute and needed support from the parish. Parish officers would have people literally evicted and transported to another parish under such circumstances. What happened about bastardy? What obligations does an apprentice have to his master and vice-versa? This book describes it all, together with the supporting laws.
Other sections of the book include the authority and duty of constables, tithingmen, etc.; churchwardens, how they should be chosen, their duties, church accounts, repairing of churches, etc. There are some very interesting punishments for not attending church and keeping to the rules! There is a section on surveying the highways, Scavengers, methods of taxation of the highways, and laws. And finally, the duties and powers of Watchmen.
Two books in one.
The first, Chronicles of the Mayors & Sheriffs of London, was translated fron the original Latin and Anglo-Norman of the 'Liber de Atiquitis Legibus', attributed to Arnald Fitz-Thedmar, Alderman of London in the reign of Henry III.
The second, The French Chronicle of London, is translated from the original Anglo-Norman of 'The Croniques de London'.
A very useful resource for medieval historians and genealogists.
Fully searchable in Adobe Acrobat Reader.
From the Preface
"There can be no doubt that our interest in the dim past is increased the more we are able to read into the dry documents before us the human character of the actors. As long as these actors are only names to us we seem to be walking in a world of shadows, but when we realise them as beings like ourselves with the same feelings and aspirations, although governed by other conditions of life, all is changed and we take the keenest interest in attempting to understand circumstances so different from those under which we live.
This book therefore is not intended as a history but as, to some extent, a guide to the manners of the people and to the appearance of the city during the Mediaeval period."
A good description of the book and its uses for genealogists and historians!
Chapters include descriptions of London in Roman, Saxon, Norman, Mediaval times to the 1900's. The chapters discuss, Health, Disease and Sanitation, Chaucer and Poets of his time, Manners, Commerce and Trade, Goveners of the City, the Church and Education. The book is full of well illustrated maps and pictures.
An excellent collection of maps of London through the ages taken from various publications. London street map at the time of the great fire, lots of detailed street maps of different years during the 1800s and through to 1939. Also contains maps of London in Roman times, etc. Some have street indexes with grid references so that you can locate places easily.
Original copies of this world famous book are extremely scarce, often cost several thousand pounds to buy and most are to be found without the illustrative plates. This copy has complete text, but is missing many of the plates. Even so, it is one history book that no serious London researcher should be without.
From the title page;
'Containing the political history of London. With an accurate survey of the several wards, liberties, precincts &c. An account of the several parishes and churches; its civil, military, and ecclesiastical government, companies and commerce, antiquities, offices, societies, state of learning, and monuments of charity and piety: Including the several parishes in Westminster, Middlesex and Surry, within the Bill of Mortality.
'The Whole illustrated with One Hundred and Twenty one copper plates, exhibiting the plans of the wards in London, of the city of Westminster, and parishes adjacent; and views of the City at different times, and of all the churches, palaces, bridges, halls, hospitals, &c. and a map of the country ten miles around this great City.'
Many of the plates in this copy are missing, but the rest of the book is complete.
A superb book which gives a great insight into how people lived in London in the 1700's and one which later historians have often consulted as a reference in their own works.
It covers just about every conceivable subject including life and death, housing and growth, immigrants and emigrants, people and trades, parish children and the uncertainties of life, plus much, much more.
There are extensive notes to sources and references plus excellent appendices which include statistics regarding infant mortality, epidemics and housing rating plus a wonderful section of apprentice hearings in the Middlesex Sessions Records
"Writing the history of a vast city like London is like writing the history of an ocean - the area is so vast, its inhabitants are so multifarious, the treasures that lie in its depths are so countless."
"In histories, in biographies, in scientific records, and in chronicles of the past, however humble, let us gather materials for a record of the great and the wise, the base and the noble, the odd and the witty, who have inhabited London and left their names upon its walls".
This is an immense work, and includes many hundreds of illustrations from old engravings throughout the ages, illustrating buildings, events and general scenes of interest.
"Until the beginning of the nineteenth century time had dealt kindly with our great Capital, at least from the point of view of a lover of the past. In the confines of the city there were still many houses of timbered or half timbered construction, which had evidently existed before the Great Fire, and the plain but well-proportioned buildings which came into being shortly after that catastrophe were so common that they hardly attracted notice".
The writer of this wonderful book (published in 1909) has, for many years, employed his time in examining those older portions of London which were, to a great extent "improved" away. He visited them again and again, making notes and sketching the old surviving buildings threatened with destruction. He hunted up old documents relating to them, and searched out anecdotes and stories relating to them and their inhabitants and visitors. It is these records, notes and pictures that form the content of this publication, which makes absolutely fascinating reading. The pictures alone are an absolute delight, for they are not of the major "tourist" buildings, but small lanes, yards and courts. Places where our ancestors lived.
Published in the 1920's in three large volumes with, literally, hundreds of superb photographs of all aspects of London life. Rich or poor, old or young, the slums and palaces, there are even some which are captioned 'a view of xxxx from an exciting new vantage point' (an aeroplane!!).
The text matches the quality of the images and is wonderfully evocative. It is quite sad to realise that very little of what we can see in this book remains standing today due to slum clearance, war-time bombing and the inexorable march of 'progress'.
Top quality grey-scale scans preserve the fine detail of the images. The set is issued on three CD's, one volume per CD, with the complete index on each.
A superb and incredibly detailed historical and topographical study of this ancient parish with wonderful maps, illustrations and photographs to illustrate the world in which your ancestors lived.
PublisHed in four volumes by the Middlesex Record Society. Printed transcripts of Middlesex Sessions' Rolls from 1549 to 1603, including indictments, coroner's inquests post mortem and recognizances.
Unique accounts of criminal and civil proceedings in London and Middlesex which involve people from all over the country. A superb index in each volume helps to locate both names and places.
The full set of this incredibly rare and expensive set of books. This is probably one of the most useful London history books ever written and has been an invaluable reference tool for generations of eminent London historians.
Superb historical account of towns, villages and hamlets within twelve miles of the capital with numerous references to family names, extract from registers and dozens of beautifull illustrations. Each volume carries its own excellent index.
Originally published in 1791, this set has been bound into six books with the contents as follows:
Volume one - part one: The county of Surrey.
Volume one - part two: The counties of Kent, Essex and Herts.
Volume two - part one: The county of Middlesex. Acton - Heston.
Volume two - part two: The county of Middlesex. Hornsey - Wilsdon.
Volume three: Those parishes in the county of Middlesex which are not described in The Environs of London.
Volume four: The counties of Herts, Essex and Kent.
This book was kindly loaned to the Project by the London Borough of Barnet Archives.
Ancient records of land and property ownership in London and Middlesex from 1189 to 1569 which often have important genealogical information within them.
These types of documents, along with taxation records and wills are the only way to obtain valuable clues and so they are incredibly important to historians and genealogists alike.
A random example;
Michelmas 1510. William Lowthe, James Spencer and Robert Sayles 'and' Edmund Wotton and Matilda, his wife, one of the daughters and heirs of William Palmer. Premises in Harowe and Pynnore.
First published in 1930 this is an invaluable resource for all those researching their London ancestors. The book is best described by quoting from the preface;
'This book needs no excuse. It is an attempt to enumerate, name and describe, as far as possible, all the lanes-old and new-of London. I have discovered considerably over nine hundred names of these lanes, actually, at some time, or now, so called. Many are still in existence.'
This book was kindly loaned to the Project by Reading University Library.
Published in 1899 this is a superb account of the history of South London and the people who lived there. A must for all of those researching their ancestors in this part of London.
This book was kindly loaned by The Reading University Library.
Published in 1902 this is a superb account of the history of East London and the people who lived there. A must for all of those researching their ancestors in this part of London
Published in 1895 this is a wonderful history of the Borough of Southwark from it's earliest days. The name 'Southwark' did not appear until 1023 and the borough was thought to be older than the City of London itself.
In two volumes. Fold out Map of London of the 1880's. Written by Edward Walford. Published by Cassell & Company, Limited: London, Paris, New York & Melbourne. There is no copyright date, but these volumes followed the "Old and New London" and probably date from the 1880's. Illustrated with numerous engravings. Vol. I has 576 pages. Vol II has 560 pages. Large books. Each measures 10 1/2" by 7 1/2".
Contents: Acton, Addington, Addiscombe, Aldborough Hatch, Aldenham, Ashford, Banstead, Barking, Barnes, Beckenham, Beddington, Bedfont, Bexley, Bickley, Brentford, Bromley, Buckhurst Hill, Bushey, Bushey Park, Carshalton, Caterham, Cheam, Cheshunt, Chessington, Chigwell, Chingford, Chislehurst, Chiswick, Claremont, Colney Ridge, Colney Hatch, Coulsdon, Cranford, Croydon, Cowley, Dagenham, Downe, Ealing, East Barnet, East Ham, East Wickham, Edgware, Elstree, Enfield, Epping, Epping Forest, Epsom, Erith and Lesnes, Esher, Ewell, Farley, Farnborough, Feltham, Finchley, Friern Barnet, Great Stanmore, Gunnersbury, Hadley, Hainault Forest, Halliford, Ham, Hampton, Hampton Court Palace, Hanwell, Hanworth, Harefield, Harlington, Harmondsworth, Harrow, Harrow School, Harrow Weald, Hayes, Hendon, Heston, High Barnet, High Beech,
Hillingdon, Hounslow, Ickenham, Ilford, Isleworth, Keston, Kew, Kew Gardens, Kingsbury, Kingston-on-Thames, Laleham, Leyton, Leytonstone, Limehouse, Little Ilford, Little Stanmore, Long Ditton, Loughton, Malden, Merton, Millwall, Mitcham, Molesey, Morden, Mortlake, Nonsuch, Norwood, Northaw, Petersham, Pinner, Plaistow, Plumstead, Ponder's End, Poplar, Radlett, Richmond, Roehampton, Ruislip, Sanderstead, Sewardstone, Shenley, Shepperton, Shirley, Sidcup, Sion House, Snaresbrook, South Mimms, Southall, Southgate, Staines, Stanwell, Strand-on-the-Green, Sunbury, Sutton, Talworth, Teddington, Thames Ditton, The Crays, The East and West India and Millwall Docks, The River Lea, The River Ravensbourne, The University Boat-Race, The Valley of the Thames, Theydon Bois, Theobalds, Tooting, Totteridge, Turnham Green, Twickenham, Uxbridge, Waddon, Wallington, Waltham Abbey, Waltham Powder Mills, Walthamstow, Wanstead, Warlingham, West Wickham, West Drayton, West Ham, Whetstone, Wimbledon, Woodford, Woodmansterne, Woodside, Woolwich.
First published in 1925 this is a wonderful picture of London, and Londoners, as seen through the eyes of its author, James Bone, with a little history and some lovely illustrations thrown in for good measure.
This is a charmingly written book and one that all of those with ancestors in London in the 1920's should read.
The Grocers Company is one of the most ancient of the twelve great companies of London and undoubtedly the first commercial corporation in England. This book contains the history of the Grocers Hall, the events effecting the company, a history of the company and biographical sketches of it's most eminent members.
However it also contains a register of all the other members in chronological order. Was your ancestor a Grocer and did they belong to this company? If so they will be listed here.
Forty Six Illustrations.
"Fleet Street is all about newspapers", that's not quite true. This book looks at seven centuries of Fleet Street's history, as a mediaeval suburb, the passage way for pageants, it's change in the reformation, before and after the great plague and fire and more. It also describes the old booksellers, coffee houses, white friars and taverns that could be found in the street. Finishing with chapters about the changes brought by the newspapers. The maps of the street that are included on the CD make it easy to visualize the streets of the past.
Ideal for those with local history interests in Fleet Street or for those whose ancestors lived and worked there.
"The Place Names of Middlesex Including those parts of the County of London formerly Contained with the Boundaries of the Old County" was compiled by J. E. B. Gover and published by Longmans, Green & Co., in London in 1922.
The title of this publication provides the geographical boundaries of his survey, although a few liberties are taken, such as including Aldgate, which even at the time of writing was part of the City of London proper. Having said this, as the author rightly notes, that although Middlesex is the second to smallest county in Britain, it like the rest of the home counties was heartily under represented both in the field of county studies in general and more especially etymological publications such as this and for this reason alone was recommend to the general public.
The form of the publication is based on the standard form etymology study. Using a plethora of published and manuscript sources the compiler gathered together all the recorded spellings for each place name and placed these in chronological order. Having done this, the meaning of each place name is interpreted paying particular attention to sound laws and topographical locations of each place. Grove has included in his study names that could no longer be found on a standard Ordnance Survey map, which were thus deemed to be extinct, but had once existed. Beginning with Abchurch, which is first noted in written sources in 1198 and ending with Yiewsley, which first appear in 1383, the author's stated aim in 1922 was add to the then list of county monographs and wherever possible to compare these to those present in other English counties.
Republished here in fully-searchable digital format, the 133 printed pages of the Place Names of Middlesex must appeal to anyone interested in the root of any of the place names in the county.
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