- source: Family History Library Catalog
- source: Family History Library Catalog
- the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia
Kennington is an area of London, England, south of the River Thames.
It is mainly within the London Borough of Lambeth, running along the boundary with the London Borough of Southwark--a boundary which can be discerned from the early medieval period between the parishes of Lambeth and Southwark St. George the Martyr. It is located 1.4 miles (2.3 km) southeast of Charing Cross (a point considered to be the centre of London from which distances are measured), in Inner London. It was a royal manor in the ancient parish of Lambeth St. Mary in the county of Surrey and was the administrative centre of the parish from 1853. Proximity to central London was key to the development of the area as a residential suburb and it was incorporated into the metropolitan area of London in 1855.
Kennington is the location of several significant London landmarks: the Oval cricket ground, and Kennington Park. Its population at the United Kingdom Census 2011 was 21,287.
A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Kennington from John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles of 1887:
- "Kennington.-- eccl. dists. (St James, St John, and St Mark), Lambeth par., Surrey, forming a [southern] suburb of London - population, St James: 6,395; St Mark: 13,951; St John (partly in Camberwell par.)"
The ecclesiastical parishes of Kennington St. James, Kennington St. Mark, Kennington St. John, and South Kennington have all been redirected here.
Greater London Research Tips
- See wiki.familysearch.org 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.