London Look-up Exchange

The following is a list of reference works on London, which volunteers are willing to search for specific entries. To ask for a look-up, please click on the name by the reference. Requests should be specific: give as much detail as you can. Abuses of the kindness of these volunteers will probably cause them to withdraw their names so please don't ask for all references to a common name, or for time-consuming research. Volunteers may or may not be willing to obtain copies of the relevant pages. If they are, expect to reimburse expenses.

To ensure that your message receives prompt attention please use the words London Lookups in your subject line. Many volunteers work on several projects at once and it can be hard for them to try and guess which one you are responding to. Failure to do so could result in your request being overlooked.

This site was created by Val Bushell and has now been taken over by Brian Fisk as Val had to give up for personal reasons.  Much of the work in creating this site is Val's own work for which we all owe her a debt of gratitude.

Brian Fisk

London Resources

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1851 Census

 
Chelsea Surname IndexJohn Mellors
City of London Surname IndexJohn Mellors

1881 Census

 
London - Information required: Name, Surname, Age (if known), County. Single queries onlyDave Reeves
London - Information required: Name, Surname, Age (if known), County. Single queries onlyRob Webster
London - Information required: Name, Surname, Age (if known), County. Single queries onlyMaureen Knight
London - Information required: Name, Surname, Age (if known), County. Single queries onlyStella Watkin

Directories

 
1819 Pigots London Post Office DirectoryRobyn Fulton
1822-23 Pigots London Commercial DirectoryRobyn Fulton
1825 Pigots Directory LondonStella Watkin
1832 Pigots Directory for London, Essex, Herts, Kent, Middlesex, Surrey, & Sussex.Craig Broadfield
1832 Pigots Directory LondonCraig Broadfield
1839 Pigots Trade Directory LondonJohn Mellors
1846 Post Office Directory LondonJohn Mellors
1873 Post Office Directory of London (Street Name required) Please be aware that this directory relates to the central London (city) area only. It does not cover the outlying suburbsStuart Moverley
1892 Post Office Directory of London (Street Name required) Please be aware that this directory relates to the central London (city) area only. It does not cover the outlying suburbsStuart Moverley
directory of London Lithographic Printers 1800-1850Anna Smart
Directory of London Photographers 1841-1908Susan Allen
Directory of London Printers 1800-1840Anna Smart
London 1865 Street Directory (N.B. This does not have  a name index and can be used for checking addresses only)Anna Smart

Other

 
The British Vital Records Index contains nearly five million names from parish registers, civil registrations and other record collections in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. The records on the index span more than three centuriStella Watkin
Alphabetical Index of Patentees of Inventions 1617-1852John Hitchcock
Bedfordshire wills index prior to 1858Stella Watkin
Palmers index to "The Times"Stella Watkin
Stationers Company Apprentices 1701-1800Anna Smart
The Phillimore Atlas & Index of Parish RegistersGarry Stuckey

Other London

 
Dictionary of London Gunmakers 1350-1850 by Howard L BLACKMOREJohn Mellors
London Marriage Licences 1521-1800 (mainly before 1700)Robyn Fulton
London Theatres and Music Halls 1850 - 1950 - indexed by name of theatreJoanna Blatchley
MAXTED: The London Book Trades 1775-1800
This source covers people involved in the printing & publishing trades ONLY. It does not include any other trades.
Anna Smart

Please also consult the Middlesex Look-up Exchange Page for further related titles.

Please contact Brian Fisk if you are willing to add your name to this list. Give the full title(s) of any reference you are prepared to check. Suitable items would include tax lists, electoral rolls, directories, census indexes, indexed parish registers etc., etc..

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