You can look up the aspects of Camden’s history that most interest you in this index of 40 years of articles from our annual Camden History Review and bimonthly Camden History Society Newsletter. The downloadable index includes references to:
streets, localities, buildings, organisations and institutions located within, or immediately adjacent to, the London Borough of Camden, or the former Metropolitan Boroughs of Hampstead, Holborn and St Pancras;
people having a direct connection with Camden, whether through residence or work; as visitors, performers at local venues, landlords, or architects of local buildings; or as grave occupants;
generic topics (e.g. theatres) treated within a Camden context.
Copies of the Camden History Review are available on our publications page. Copies of the Camden History Society Newsletter are available by contacting our publications manager.
Hampstead Manorial Court Documents
If you want to see local property transactions dating back to 1572, the Camden History Society has translated and indexed them for you. You can find out what names were common, what families were important or what pub names cropped up during the 16th, 17th or 18th centuries. The court rolls and books were only in Latin before 1743 and lay in storage at the London Metropolitan Archives. Thanks to the work of Mrs Pauline Sidell DAA, Dr Peter Woodford and Daniel Croughton, you can now search each book and roll here by date or using our indexes of occupations , personal names or places.
The Hampstead manorial court rolls and court books cover a much wider area than modern Hampstead - from West End (bordering on Kilburn) in West Hampstead to the village of Pond Street in the east and from North End Way to the borders of Belsize and Chalcots in the south.
The Court Rolls are copies of all the transfers of property and land, by sale or inheritance, approved by the manorial court under the Lord of the Manor. These were recorded in the lost Court Books; two copies were made, one for the tenant and one for the Steward. The folios were rolled up together for ease of storage and later reference. Some of the Rolls cover a number of years, sometimes a single year.
Many of the earliest court rolls have been lost. but we have them intermittently from 1572 till 1620, and then continuously after that. Our project will be complete after 1743, after which they are available in English.
An interesting account of the family who owned the manor of Hampstead through most of the 17th century can be found in Dr Peter Woodford's article in the Camden History Review No. 36, p20.
1572-1624 Roll 1
1626-1635 Roll 2
1637-1645 Roll 3
1646-1654 Roll 4
1655-1664 Roll 5
1675-1684 Roll 6
1675-1684 Roll 7
1685-1689 Roll 8
1690, June 2, Roll 9
1691, May 25, Roll 10
1692, Roll 11
1693 Roll 12
1694 Roll 13
1695 – 1696 Roll 14
1696 Roll 15
1697 Roll 16
1698 Roll 17
1699 Roll 18
1700 Roll 19
1701 Roll 20
1702 Roll 21
1703 Roll 22
1704 Roll 23
1705 Roll 24
1706 Court Book A, folios 1-18
1707 Court Book A, folios 19-32
1708 Court Book A, folios 33-62
1709 Court Book A, folios 63-106
1710 Court Book A, folios 107-126
1711 Court Book A, folios 127-162
1712 Court Book A, folios 163-186
1713 Court Book A, folios 187-222
1714 Court Book A, folios 223-242
1715 Court Books A, folios 243-274
1716 Court Book A, folios 275-285
1717 Court Book A, folios 286-312
1718 Court Book A, folios 313-326
1719 Court Book A, folios 327-363
1720 Court Book B, folios 1-32
1721 Court Book B, folios 33-52
1722 Court Book B, folios 53-75
1723 Court Book B, folios 76-113
1724 Court Book B, folios 114-133
1725 Court Book B, folios 134-173
1726 Court Book B, folios 174-225
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Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre in Theobalds Road, Holborn, is the hub of local history research in Camden, with a collection of over 200,000 items. These include some 50,000 images (most of the digitised), numerous historical maps, and the renowned Heal Collection of 19th-century press cuttings and ephemera.
The Camden New Town History Project provides a searchable database of late-Victorian Camden Square residents and Murray Street shopkeepers.
Camden Railway Heritage Trust can tell you a lot about locomotive sheds, vaults and tunnels, as well as offering guided walks.
LSE's Charles Booth's London will let you browse his maps of poverty and wealth in late-C19 London, along with his notebooks.
Greater London Industrial Archaeology Society records London's industrial history and advises on its preservation.
Hendon and District Archaeological Society are our northerly neighbours, whose area of study includes Hampstead Garden Suburb. They have an online archive of past newsletters.
Historic England is England's statutory advisory body on heritage. You can search vast archives of images and listed buildings and get a wealth of advice on caring for historic buildings.
Hornsey Historical Society have a flourishing programme of talks and events. Their coverage includes the Haringey parts of Highgate, and their website contains excellent material on the history of Highgate on both sides of the border. HHS also run regular local history surgeries (non-members welcome).
Islington Archaeology and History Society are our neighbours to the east. Their members and those of the Camden History Society are often interested in each other's events.
London Metropolitan Archives is a great resource for documents, images, maps, films and books about London.
London and Middlesex Archaeological Society (LAMAS) runs a local history conference each autumn and presents awards for local historical society publications.
London Remembers is a website documenting the memorials and plaques across London.
London Topographical Society publish books and maps that show the history and growth of London in all periods.
London, Westminster and Middlesex Family History Society help family historians trace ancestors in this area.
Regent's Park and Primrose Hill is a bibliography of the area in literature and music
The UCL Bloomsbury Project is a browsable website detailing the history of the district's squares, streets and institutions.
West Hampstead Life offers some 100 stories about the history of London NW6.
Willesden Local History Society are the group covering the western (Brent) side of Kilburn.