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Before the Great Fire (1666)

A very useful guide for finding London property records predating the Great Fire is available online:

  • A Survey of Documentary Sources for Property Holding in London before the Great Fire: London Record Society, 22 (1985). Available onlineat British History Online.

The Topographical Index - City Parishes section of the book identifies available records parish-by-parish.

Feet of Fines (1195-1569)

During the medieval period, archival copies of agreements between two parties concerning land lawsuits were known as feet of fines.[1]

Many of these old records have been published and are available online:[2]

  • 1195-1485 - Hardy, W.J. and W. Page. A Calendar to the Feet of Fines for London & Middlesex. Volume 1: Richard I to Richard III. London: Hardy & Page, 1892. Digital versions at FamilySearch Books Online Vol 1 and FamilySearch Books Online Vol 2.
  • 1485-1569 - Hardy, W.J. and W. Page. A Calendar to the Feet of Fines for London and Middlesex. Volume 2. 1 Henry VII to Michaelmas, 11 and 12 Elizabeth. London: Hardy & Page, 1893. Digital version at British History Online.

Land Tax Assessments Books (1692-1900)

These records were kept by the Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace. They are available on microfilm at the Family History Library: FHL Film 1068164 (1st of 161 films) and have been digitised and indexed by Ancestry (£) through 1932.


  1. Wikipedia Contributors, 'Feet of Fines,' Wikipedia,, accessed 19 July 2011.
  2. Feet of Fines: London, Some Notes on Medieval English Genealogy, accessed 3 January 2012.


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