Place:Deptford, London, England

Alt namesMetropolitan Borough of Deptford
TypeBorough (metropolitan)
Coordinates51.475°N 0.038°W
Located inLondon, England     (1900 - 1965)
See alsoLewisham (London Borough), Greater London, EnglandLondon Borough into which it was absorbed in 1965
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

The Metropolitan Borough of Deptford was a metropolitan borough in the County of London between 1900 and 1965, when it became part of the London Borough of Lewisham along with the Metropolitan Borough of Lewisham.


The borough bordered the metropolitan boroughs of Bermondsey, Greenwich, Lewisham and Camberwell.

It covered an area of 1,563 acres (6.3 km2) and included the localities of St. Paul Deptford, Brockley, New Cross, and St. Johns.


The borough covered the same area of the ancient parish of Deptford St. Paul, which had been separated from the neighbouring parish of Deptford St. Nicholas to its north in 1730. The rateable values of the two parishes had been roughly equal when they were separated, but St. Paul contained all the farmland to the south, the majority of which was built on over the next 170 years.

When the Metropolitan Borough was created in 1900, consideration was given to reuniting the two parishes, but a closer equalisation of rateable value (property tax) was served by uniting St Nicholas parish with the borough of Greenwich to the east.

The growth of the London conurbation had reached Deptford by the end of the eighteenth century but it had been a large industrial town well before this time: the Royal Docks and the Victualling Yard, which provisioned the Navy, and the various private dockyards, meant it was a prosperous and cosmopolitan town.

The Wikipedia article on the town of Deptford gives a much better picture of its history from its fishing village era, through the dockyard building era during the reign of Henry VIII and on through the 17th and 18th centuries.

Surrey Research Tips

Part of a list taken from GENUKI

Archives and Libraries


Surrey Cemeteries & Crematoriums

Church Records

Civil Registration

  • Registration Districts in Surrey 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.


Administrative boundaries of the county of Surrey (Surrey History Centre)




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.
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