Additional information and links

What is available at the library?

enlarge image of Kensington Square Commissioners notice urging residents to clean the pavement or incur a fineThis section was put together using materials held in the Local Studies and Archives Department at the Central Library, Kensington. Of particular value are the extensive administrative records dating back to the 16th century. These include: Court rolls, Vestry, Council and committee minutes, poor law and turnpike trust records, rate and valuation books. On the site you will see images of pages from these records. The contact details for the library can be found at

Who else can help?

London Metropolitan Archives holds original and secondary source materials on London local government. See their website

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s website has information on the governance of the Royal Borough. Go to

Further Reading

You may find these titles useful:

  • Government of Victorian London 1855-1889 by D E Owen
  • Reforming London: The London Government Problem, 1855-1900 By John Davis
  • London Journal Volume 26 No 1

For books on London local government available from the Libraries contact Kensington and Chelsea Libraries or search online at:

Other websites

For other sites that offer information on local democracy you might like to try the sites listed above. We stress that these are all external sites with no connection to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and as such the Royal Borough can take no responsibility for any views expressed.

Virtual Museum – The History of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
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