Our council archive includes rate books, electoral registers and council minutes.
Rate books are useful to establish how long someone lived at a particular address. The books give the names of rate payers listed by street, and detail the amount of rates they paid.
We hold rate books for:
- Chelsea 1779-1965
- Kensington 1779-1965
- combined until 1979
We also hold valuation books from 1880-1936.
We hold a full set of council minutes for the vestries of the separate boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea up to 1965, and the combined boroughs thereafter.
We hold electoral registers for:
- Chelsea 1887-2000, including absent voters lists of 1918
- Kensington 1890-1982, including absent voters lists of 1918
- combined 1982 - the year before the current year
For the current and edited version, contact Reference department of Kensington Central Library. You need to know the street of the person you are searching for.
London Metropolitan Archives hold most of the borough's parish registers.
They have been digitised and uploaded to Ancestry, which is available at many local libraries including our Local Studies department.
We hold the parish indexes for St Mary Abbotts and the parish records for St Luke’s (Chelsea) 1559-1850.
St Mary Abbots hold their own parish records.
We don't hold burial records at our Local Studies and Archives department because most municipal cemeteries keep their own records.
The Survey of London for Kensington and Chelsea is available in our department on open access.
We hold drainage plans for any address in the borough if there's been an application to run pipes into the public sewer.
The plans range:
- from simple sketches of the ground/basement floor to drawings of the whole building
- between the 1850s to the 1980s
Contact us to find out if we hold drainage plans for a property. If we do you can come and view the documents in person.
We hold directories for:
- Kensington 1888-1953
- Chelsea 1890-1939
- London Post Office directories 1902-1991.
We also hold:
- London directories 1778-1863
- some Royal Blue Books and Boyle’s Court guides 1873-1989
We hold material relevant to historic rateable values.
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