City of London
All London grew up and out from here. Within the square mile which is The City, you can see The Tower of London,
the iconic dome and gorgeous interior of St Paul’s Cathedral, as well as visiting the largest arts venue in Europe; Barbican Arts Centre.
The City of London is a fabulous juxtaposition of ancient, Medieval and the startling new. Over time, the streets of the City have been filled with fire, plague, flood and terror. Now, City of London is well-known as home to the worlds financiers.
Many of these narrow streets retain evocative names of ancient origin. Ropemaker Street, Ironmonger Lane, The Poultry and Moorgate are just a few of those which shed light on London history. If you would like to research further, either the history of London or personal, family history based anywhere in England, head to the London Metropolitan Archives in Northampton Road, EC1.
This enormous range of collections and records about London is complemented by the digitised, complete Parish records of births, deaths and marriages in England for many centuries passed. Here, you will also find shipping records which detail passenger lists of all those who left from or arrived at these shores. You can browse the collections on-line, free of charge.