Place:Charlton, London, England

Coordinates51.4877°N 0.039°E
Located inLondon, England     (1855 - 1965)
Also located inKent, England     ( - 1855)
See alsoPlumstead, Kent, Englanddistrict in which it was located 1855-1900
Charlton and Kidbrooke, London, Englandparish into which it merged in 1901
Greenwich, London, Englandmetropolitan borough in which it was located 1900-1965
Greenwich (London Borough), Greater London, EnglandLondon borough covering the area since 1965
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE: Charlton should not be confused with Charlton by Dover (also known as Charlton near Dover), a suburb of Dover on the English Channel coast.

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Charlton is an area now in the southeast part of Greater London, and a part of the Royal Borough of Greenwich. It is located east of the town of Greenwich and west of Woolwich. It is 7.2 miles (11.6 km) east-southeast of Charing Cross (a point considered to be the centre of London from which distances are measured).

Charlton next Woolwich was an ancient parish in the county of Kent, which became part of the metropolitan area of London in 1855. It is home to Charlton Athletic Football Club and the location of Charlton House.

In 1901 Charlton merged with the neighbouring parish of Kidbrooke to become the civil parish of Charlton and Kidbrooke and until 1965 the new parish was part of the Metropolitan Borough of Greenwich within the County of London.


The flat land adjoining the Thames at Charlton Riverside has been a significant industrial area since Victorian times. The establishment of heavy industry centred on Charlton Pier led to a number of serious fires in the area in the mid 19th century. A notable establishment was the Siemens Brothers Telegraph Works opened in 1863, which manufactured two of the first transatlantic cables in the 1880s, and contributed to PLUTO in World War 2. It was in this industrialised area that Charlton Athletic F.C. was established in 1905, before moving a short distance to its long-time home at The Valley in 1919.


Charlton has formed part of the Royal Borough of Greenwich since its formation in 1965. Prior to that it was the easternmost part of the Metropolitan Borough of Greenwich, which succeeded the Lee, formerly Plumstead Urban District in 1900. Before the passage of the Metropolis Management Act 1855, Charlton was a civil parish in its own right in Kent, England.

Greater London Research Tips

  • See under "London" and also under "Middlesex", "Surrey" and "Kent" for key information about Greater London's jurisdictions and records, plus links to indexes, reference aids and Family History Library holdings.
  • The London Metropolitan Archives (40 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0HB) holds records relating to the whole of Greater London. Ancestry (subscription necessary) has produced transcriptions and provides images of lists of baptisms, marriages, and burials in churches across Greater London. These lists start in 1813 and stretch into the 20th century.
  • GENUKI has a long list of websites and archive holders in addition to London Metropolitan Archives above. (The list from GENUKI is not maintained so well that there is never a dead link in it. However, it is often worth googling the title given on the page just in case the contributor has reorganized their website.)
  • GENUKI also has a list of the Archives and Local Studies Libraries for each of the boroughs of Greater London.
  • The London Encyclopaedia by Ben Weinreb and Christopher Hibbert. An e-book available online through Google, originally published by Pan Macmillan. There is a search box in the left-hand pane.
  • London Lives. A very useful free website for anyone researching their London ancestors between the years 1690-1800. This is a fully searchable edition of 240,000 manuscripts from eight archives and fifteen datasets, giving access to 3.35 million names.
  • London Ancestor, a website belonging to one of the London family history societies, has a list of transcriptions of directories from the 18th century, listing in one case "all the squares, streets, lanes, courts, yards, alleys, &C. in and about Five Miles of the Metropolis..." In other parts of the same website are maps of various parts of 19th century London and Middlesex.
  • The proceedings of the Old Bailey, London's central criminal court, 1674-1913. A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court. This website is free to use.
  • Registration Districts in London, Registration Districts in Middlesex, Registration Districts in Surrey, Registration Districts in Kent, are lists of the registration districts used for civil registration (births, marriages and deaths, as well as the censuses). There are linked supporting lists of the parishes which made up each registration district, the dates of formation and abolition of the districts, the General Register Office numbers, and the local archive-holding place. This work has been carried out by Brett Langston under the agency of GENUKI (Genealogy United Kingdom and Ireland) and UKBMD - Births, Marriages, Deaths & Censuses on the Internet.

Kent Research Tips

This list has been taken from GENUKI where more places and websites for researching are listed.

Archives and Libraries

Civil Registration and Census

  • Steve Archer has produced a very useful round-up of the available census records for Kent - and where/from whom they are available.
  • Registration Districts in Kent for the period 1837 to the present. By drilling down through the links you can follow any parish through the registration districts to which it was attached.

Family History Societies

Most of the county is divided between the Kent FHS and the North West Kent FHS.


Probate Records

Kent Probate Records Numerous links provided by Maureen Rawson

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