Place:Stockwell, London, England

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NameStockwell
TypeArea
Coordinates51.4633°N 0.1204°W
Located inLondon, England     (1889 - 1965)
Also located inSurrey, England     ( - 1889)
See alsoLambeth, London, Englandparish and metropolitan borough in which it was located until 1965
Lambeth (London Borough), Greater London, EnglandLondon borough covering the area since 1965
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Stockwell is an area in the south of Inner London, England, located in the London Borough of Lambeth. Before the creation of the County of London in 1889, Stockwell was part of the county of Surrey. It is situated 2.4 miles (3.9 km) south south-east of Charing Cross (a point considered to be the centre of London from which distances are measured). Brixton, Clapham, Vauxhall and Kennington all border Stockwell.

Stockwell originated as a rural manor at the edge of London. It included market gardens and John Tradescant's botanical garden, commemorated in Tradescant Road (constructed over it in 1880), and in a memorial outside St Stephen's church.

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Stockwell from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"STOCKWELL, a chapelry in Lambeth parish, Surrey; on the Metropolitan Extension railway, between Camberwell and Clapham, 3 miles SSW of St. Paul's, London. It forms a suburb to the metropolis; and has post-offices‡ under London SW, and two [railway] stations. Population in 1861: 7,265. Houses: 1,217. The manor belonged to the Crown; and passed to the Earls of Devon, the Chutes, and the Thorneycrofts. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Winchester. Value: £400. Patron: the Incumbent of Kennington-St. Mark. The church was built in 1840. There are two other churches, in the patronage of trustees. There are also three dissenting chapels, a proprietory grammar-school, national schools, and a British school."

Stockwell and neighbouring South Lambeth are home to one of the UK's biggest Portuguese communities, known as 'Little Portugal'.

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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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • A History of the County of Surrey: Volume 4, chapter on Lambeth first published 1912 and available online through British History Online.
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