The South East

Greater London, the Home Counties & Southern England

This area includes: Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Essex, Kent, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Isle of Wight, London, Middlesex, Surrey, Sussex and Oxfordshire


central London

Research Favourites

"Have just found the AIM25 Website for those interested in the archives held in the area of the UK bounded by the M25!" [Cheryl Cane]

The British Library [see Newspapers] is at Colindale Avenue, London NW9.

The Charles Booth Online Archive is a searchable resource giving access to archive material from the Booth collections of the British Library of Political and Economic Science (the Library of the London School of Economics and Political Science) and the University of London Library. [Pauline]

The National Archive [formerly known as the Public Record Office] is at Kew.

The Victorian Web: Literature, history and culture in the age of Queen Victoria see especially this part of the site dealing with Jewry.

Bedfordshire (BDF):

Berkshire (BRK):

Buckinghamshire (BKM):
Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies is a combination of Buckinghamshire Record Office and Aylesbury Local Studies Library.

Dorset (DOR):
Bournemouth Crematorium hold lists of all those buried (not just those cremated) and can be contacted via email.

Essex (ESS):

Kent (KEN):
A history of Chatham Memorial Synagogue and the Chatham Hebrew Congregation, 1834-1972, in Kent is on Medway Councilís CityArk Website. [Jill Hyams]
There is a fair amount of material about Sheerness in both Cecil Roth, "The Rise of Provincial Jewry" and Geoffrey L. Green, "The Royal Navy & Anglo-Jewry 1740-1820". (Submitted by Michael Sayers)

Hampshire (HAM):
Portsmouth and Southsea Hebrew Congregation Website [Ric Cooper]

Hertfordshire (HRT):
Records for Hertfordshire are held in Hertford at HALS.

Isle of Wight (IOW):

London (LDN):
An interesting article about Chelsea's Jewish Cemetery can be found here- thanks to Colin Cohen.
Camden Council Local History.
The Georgian Index: Georgian London - Street and Business Index.
Islington Local History Centre.
History of Stratford, West Ham, Canning Town, Silvertown etc & lots of historical London Pubs.
Hackney Archives.

Middlesex (MDX):
The LMA (London Metropolitan Archives) have Jewish material [permission is often required to view records so check before travelling].

Surrey (SRY):
Surrey History Centre (County Record Office) have produced a research guide for Jewish Communities in Surrey.

Sussex (SSX):

Oxfordshire (OXF):

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