LOCAL STUDIES, LIBRARIES AND ARCHIVES

The opening times of some of the organisations below may be out of date due to ongoing changes for financial reasons. 
You are therefore strongly recommended to check the times with them before visiting.

Caterham and District Local History Centre,

Caterham Valley Library, Stafford Rd, Caterham Surrey CR3 6JG 
Opening times - see website
Tel: 0300 2001001
Email - use the website contact form
Website: http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/heritage-culture-and-recreation/archives-and-history/local-history-centres-in-surrey-libraries/caterham-and-district-local-history-centre
Covers Caterham, Chaldon, Chelsham, Farleigh, Warlingham, Whyteleafe and Woldingham

Croydon Local Studies & Archives Service

Central Library, Croydon Clocktower, Katharine St, Croydon, CR9 1ET.
Opening times: - see the CLS & AS webpage. The Research Room is now on the ground floor. 
Tel: 020 8726 6900 Ext. 61112 
E-mail: localstudies @ croydon.gov.uk
Website: www.croydon.gov.uk/leisure/archives/lslibrary
Covers Addington, Addiscombe, Broad Green, Coulsdon, Purley, Norbury, South & Upper Norwood, Sanderstead, Shirley, Thornton Heath & Waddon

East Surrey Museum

1 Stafford Rd, Caterham Surrey CR3 6JG
Opening times: - see the ESM webpage.
Tel: 01883 340275
E-mail: eastsurreymuseum @ gmail.com
Website:www.eastsurreymuseum.org.uk

Epsom and Ewell Local and Family History Centre

Ewell library, Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, Epsom, KT17 1UF
Tuesday 10.00am - 12.00 noon and 5.30pm - 6.45pm, Wednesday CLOSED, 
Thursday and Friday 2.00pm - 4.00pm, Saturdays by appointment only.

Tel: 0300 200 1001 Fax 020 8873 1603
Email: libraries @ surreycc.gov.uk
Websites: www.epsomandewellhistoryexplorer.org.uk/

                 www.surrey.gov.uk/epsomandewelllocalhistory

Horley Local History Centre


Horley Library, Victoria Rd, Horley, Surrey RH6 7AG 
Tel: 01293 784141
Covers Burstow, Leigh, Merstham, Nutfield, Charlwood, Horley
Closed Mon. Tues/Fri 9.30-8 Wed 9.30-1 Sat 9.30-4

 

Kingston History Centre

Guildhall, High Street, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1EU

Tel: 020 8547 6738
Website:
 https://www.kingston.gov.uk/info/200239/museum_and_history_centre/548/visit_kingston_history_centre

Open: Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 am to 5pm, Thursday 10am to 7pm.

Closed: Monday, Tuesday and Sunday, bank holidays, Christmas Eve and from Good Friday to Easter Monday.

 

Kingston Museum

Wheatfield Way, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2PS

Tel: 020 8547 5006

Website: https://www.kingston.gov.uk/museum

Open:  Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 10 am to 5pm, Thursday 10am to 7pm.

Closed: Monday, Wednesday, and Sunday, bank holidays, Christmas Eve and from Good Friday to Easter Monday.

 

Lambeth Archives

Minet Library, 52 Knatchbull Rd, London SE5 9QY 

Tel: 020 7926 6076
Open Mon 1-8 Tues/Thurs 10-6 Fri 10-1 Sat 9-5
Covers Lambeth, Brixton, Kennington, W Norwood, Vauxhall & Waterloo Clapham* & Streatham* (*also covered by Wandsworth)
# Lambeth Archives will undertake research within their records for a fee.

Lingfield Local History 

The Hayward Memorial Local History Centre, The Guest House, Lingfield, Surrey RH76 

Tel: 01342 832058
Information available via Website at: www.surreycc.gov.uk/surreyhistoryservice
Covering Lingfield, Dormansland and parishes within the RH7 postal code


London Metropolitan Archives 

(formerly the Greater London Records Office or GLRO)
40 Northampton Road, London, EC1R 0HB 
Tel: 020 7332 3820
Email: LMA @ ms.corpoflondon.gov.uk

Website    www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/london-metropolitan-archives/Pages/default.aspx

Open: Monday 9.30am - 4.45pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9.30am - 7.30pm,

Friday Closed
Saturdays 2012 – one day a month (except Aug & Nov), please see website for a list of all dates.
Covers Middlesex parishes & London Boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Wandsworth
# The LMA will undertake research within their records for a fee.

 Merton Local Studies

Merton Civic Centre, London Rd, Morden Surrey SM4 5DX 
Tel 020 8545 3239
Open Mon /Weds10-7 Tues/Fri/Sat 10-5 Thurs 10-1 
Covers: Merton, Mitcham, Morden & Wimbledon

The National Archives (TNA),

Ruskin Avenue, Kew, Surrey TW9 4DU 
Tel: 020 8876 3444
Website: www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
Open Mon/Weds/Fri/Sat 9.30-5 Tues 10-7
PRO documents online site for wills www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/wills.asp.

Redhill Centre for Local & Family History 

Redhill Library, Warwick Quadrant, Redhill, Surrey RH1 1NN
Email: redhill.information @ surreycc.gov.uk
Website:www.surreycc.gov.uk/heritage-culture-and-recreation/archives-and-history/local-history-centres-in-surrey-libraries/redhill-centre-for-local-and-family-history
Open Mon/Thurs 9.30-5 Tues/Fri 9.30-8 Weds 9.30-1 Sat 9.30-4
Covers Redhill, Reigate, Merstham, Gatton, Nutfield, Bletchingley, Buckland, Leigh, Earlswood, Salfords, Sidlow

Richmond upon Thames Local Studies Collection

The Old Town Hall, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond Surrey TW9 1TP 
Tel: 020 8332 6820
Email: localstudies @ richmond.gov.uk
Website: www.richmond.gov.uk
Monday closed; Tuesday 1-5; Wednesday 1-8; Thursday and Friday 10-12 and 1-6; Saturday 10-12 and 1-5
Covers all of Richmond upon Thames, Barnes, Ham, Kew, Mortlake, Petersham & East Sheen

Southwark Local History Library

211 Borough High St, London SE1 1JA 
Tel: 0207 525 0232
Email: local.history.library @ southwark.gov.uk
Website: www.southwark.gov.uk/
Mon & Thurs 10am - 7pm; Tues & Fri 10am - 5pm; Sat 10am -3pm; Weds - closed. 
Covers - Bermondsey, Camberwell, Christchurch, Newington, Walworth, Rotherhithe and the Southwark parishes of St George the Martyr, St John Horsleydown, St Olave, St Thomas & St Saviour.

Surrey History Centre

130 Goldsworth Rd, Woking, Surrey GU21 1ND 
Tel: 01483 518737 
Website: www.surreycc.gov.uk/ and click on the recreation, heritage and culture link.
Open (revised):Tues & Fri 9.30-5 Weds 10.15-5.00 Thurs 9.30-5.00 Sat 9.30-4
Covers Surrey parishes not covered by the London Metropolitan Archives

Sutton Local Studies & Archives,

Level 2,Central Library, St Nicholas Way, Sutton, Surrey 

Tel: 020 8770 4747
Email: localstudies @ sutton.gov.uk
twitter: @SuttonArchives
Website: www.sutton.gov.uk and 
search for Libraries, Heritage and Arts section.

Opening hours: Thur: 9:30am-7:30pm, Fri: 9:30am-4:30pm.Alternate Saturdays 9.30am-4:30pm.
Covers Beddington, Carshalton, Cheam, Sutton, Wallington & Worcester Park.
This is a designated library for Genealogy.

# Sutton Local Studies will carry out research for a fee.

Wandsworth Heritage Service

Battersea Library, 265 Lavender Hill, SW11 1JB 
Tel: 020 8871 7753
Email: heritage @ wandsworth.gov.uk
Website www.wandsworth.gov.uk/info/200064/local_history_and_heritage
Archive Catalogue: www.calmview.eu/wandsworth/calmview/
The Heritage Service : 
9am-5pm, Monday, Friday and Saturday 
9am-8pm Tuesday and Wednesday 
Closed Thursday and Sunday 
Covers Battersea, Clapham, Streatham, Putney, Roehampton, Tooting & Wandsworth

Some of the places below are not open to the public, addresses are for postal enquiries or Web only.

1871 Indexes 
Clive Ayton, PO Box 19 West PDO Nottingham, NG8 5JE (send SAE with enquiries)

Baptist Historical Society

Web site: www.baptisthistory.org.uk

Bishopsgate Institute - important collections on the history of London and the labour, co-operative, freethought and humanist movements 

230 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4QH
Web site:http://bishopsgate.org.uk/

Bourne Society - local history in Caterham, Chaldon, Chelsham, Chipstead, Coulsdon, Farleigh, Godstone, Kenley, Purley, Sanderstead, Warlingham, Whyteleafe and Woldingham
Web site: www.bourne-society.org.uk

Borthwick Institute for Archives, University of York 
Heslington, York, YO10 5DD 
Tel:(01904) 321166
Email:
Web site: www.york.ac.uk/inst/bihr/

British Library
96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB 

Tel: 020 7412 7332
Web site: www.bl.uk

College of Arms

Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 4BT
Website: www.college-of-arms.gov.uk

Companies Registration Office for England & Wales
Companies House, Crown Way, Cardiff CF4 3UZ
Website: www.companieshouse.gov.uk

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
2 Marlow Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 7DX 
Tel: 01628 634221
Website: www.cwgc.org

Corporation Of London Record Office
PO Box 270, Guildhall, London EC2P 2EJ 
Tel: 020 7332 1251 Fax: 020 77108682
Email: clro @ corpoflondon.gov.uk
Web site: www.cityoflondon.gov.uk

Dr Williams' Library 
(first established in 1742; includes information on non-conformist groups, ministers, chapels and congregations)
14 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0AG
Web site: www.dwlib.co.uk/dwlib/index.html

Domestic Buildings Research Group (Surrey) 
Martin Higgins 
Manor Cottage, The Street,
Betchworth RH3 7LS
Tel: 01737 843879
Web site: www.dbrg.org.uk

Federation Of Family History Societies
Administrator FFHS, PO Box 2425 Coventry, CV5 6YX 

Tel: 07041492032 
Email: info @ ffhs.org.uk
Web site: www.ffhs.org.uk

General Register Office For Scotland
New Register House, Edinburgh EH1 3YT 

Tel: 0131334 0380 Fax: 0131 314 4400
Web site: www.gro-scotland.gov.uk

General Register Office (Northern Ireland)
Oxford House, 49-55 Chichester Street, Belfast BT1 4HL 

Tel: 028 9025 2021/22/23/24 Fax: 028 9025 2044
Web site: www.groni.gov.uk

GOONS (Guild of one name studies)
Box G 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Rd, London, EC1M 7BA
Email: guild @ one-name.org
Website: www.one-name.org

Guildhall Library
Aidermanbury, London EC2P 2EJ 

Tel: 020 7332 1863 Fax: 020 7600 3384
Email: manuscripts.guildhall @ cityoflondon.gov.uk
Web site:www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/libraries

Historical Manuscripts Commission (included National Register of Archives and Manorial Records)
The HMC and the PRO merged to form The National Archives (TNA) in 2003
Web site: www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/archives/hmc_pubs.htm

Huguenot Society
140 Hampstead Road, London, NW1 new Tel: TBA

Email: s.massil @ ucl.ac.uk
Web site:  http://www.huguenotsociety.org.uk/

Irish Genealogical Research Society 
8 Stratford Avenue, Rainham, Gillingham, Kent, ME8 0EP
Web site: http://www.irishancestors.ie/

Institute Of Heraldic & Genealogical Studies
79-82 Northgate, Canterbury, Kent CT1 1BA 
Web site: http://www.ihgs.ac.uk 

Imperial War Museum 
Lambeth Rd, London SE1 6HZ
Email: docs @ iwm.org.uk
Website: www.iwm.org.uk

LDS Family History Centres   (other than London - above) see their website 
East Surrey and surrounding area includes: 
- Wandsworth: 149 Nightingale Lane, London SW12 Tel: 020 8673 6741
- Crawley: Old Horsham Road, Crawley, West Sussex Tel: 01293 516151

Ministry Of Defence Personnel Records
CS(R)2, Bourne Avenue, Hayes, Middlesex UB3 1 RF

National Archives Of Ireland
Bishop Street, Dublin 8, Republic Of Ireland 

Tel: 00 35 31 478 3711 
Web site: www.nationalarchives.ie

National Archives Of Scotland
HM General Register House, Edinburgh EH1 3YY 

Tel: 0131 535 1314 Fax: 0131557 9569
Web site: www.nas.gov.uk

National Map Centre
22-24 Caxton Street, London, SW1H 0QU
Web site: www.mapsnmc.co.uk

National Maritime Museum
Romney Road, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF 
Tel: 020 8858 4422
Website: www.rmg.co.uk

National Register Of Archives (including Manorial Records)
See Historical Manuscripts Commission as above

Post Office Archives
Freeling House, Mount Pleasant, London EC1A 1BB
Website: http://postalheritage.org.uk/

Probate Search (microfiche indexes now at the NA – see above
The Postal Searches and Copies Department
Leeds District Probate Registry,
York House, York Place, Leeds LS1 2BA
Tel: 0113 389 6133
Website: www.justice.gov.uk/guidance/courts-and-tribunals/courts/probate/family-history.htm

Public Record Office (PRO) - see National Archives

Public Record Office For Northern Ireland
66 Balmoral Avenue, Belfast BT9 6NY 

Tel: (+44) 028 9025 5905 Fax: (+44) 028 9025 5999
Web site:www.proni.gov.uk/

Register Office, General, of Ireland
Government Offices, Convent Road, Roscommon, Republic Of Ireland
Tel: +353 (0) 90 6632900
Web sitewww.groireland.ie

Society Of Genealogists
14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Rd, London EC1M 7BA 
General enquiries Tel: 020 7702 5480
Website:www.sog.org.uk

Surrey Archaeological Society
Castle Arch, Guildford, Surrey GU1 3SX
Website: www.surreyarchaeology.org.uk/

Thames Waterman & Lightermen records and 
Thames & Medway riverside parish records

Rob Cottrell, "Sudbury", New Barn Road,
Longfield, Kent DA3 7JE 
(send SAE with enquiries)
Websitewww.trueflaregenealogy.com

USA resources a link to some basic genealogy sites in the USA
Website: http://www.homeadvisor.com/article.show.History-at-Home-A-Guide-to-Genealogy.17370.html

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

Tel: 020 7641 5180
Website: www.westminster.gov.uk

SPECIALIST FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETIES



Some of these are small societies and a stamped addressed reply envelope is normally appreciated when writing to them for information.

Anglo - German FHS
20 Skylark Rise, Plymouth, Devon PL6 7SN

Website: www.agfhs.org.uk

Catholic FHS
45 Gates Green Road, West Wickham, Kent BR4 9DE
Website: www.catholic-history.org.uk/cfhs/

Families in British India Society
81 Rosewood Avenue, Elm Park, Hornchurch Essex RM12 5LD
Websitewww.fibis.org

Genealogical Society of Utah (UK)
185 Penns Lane, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands B76 1JU

Huguenot & Walloon Research Association
Malmaison, Church Street, Great Bedwyn, Wiltshire SN8 3PE
Also see Huguenot Society

Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain
Finchley Synagogue, Kinloss Gardens, London N3 3DU
Website: www.jgsgb.org.uk

Open University (A173 and other courses) 
The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK7 6AA
Website: www.open.ac.uk

Romany & Traveller FHS
Sec. Margaret Montgomery, 7 Park Rise, Northchurch, Berkhamsted, Herts HP4 3RT
Website: www.rtfhs.org.uk

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