Place:Stoke Newington, London, England

NameStoke Newington
Alt namesMetropolitan Borough of Stoke Newington
Stoke Newington St. Mary
TypeParish, Borough (metropolitan)
Coordinates51.562°N 0.082°W
Located inLondon, England     (1889 - 1965)
Also located inMiddlesex, England     ( - 1889)
See alsoHackney (London Borough), Greater London, EnglandLondon borough in which it has been located since 1965
Contained Places
Abney Park Cemetery ( 1840 - 1965 )
source: Family History Library Catalog

Stoke Newington, or Stoke Newington St. Mary, was one of the ancient parishes of Middlesex, England. In 1889 it was transferred to the newly-created County of London and in 1900 became Stoke Newington Metropolitan Borough. Stoke Newington Metropolitan Borough was abolished in 1965, becoming part of the London Borough of Hackney in Greater London, England.


Metropolitan Borough of Stoke Newington

the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Predecessor authorities

The borough was the successor to two local authorities: the vestry of Stoke Newington parish in the County of London and the South Hornsey Urban District Council in Middlesex.

Under the Metropolis Management Act 1855 Stoke Newington had been grouped with the neighbouring parish of Hackney under the administration of the Hackney District Board of Works. The union with Hackney was very unpopular with the inhabitants of Stoke Newington, and following unsuccessful attempts to end it in 1864, 1880 and 1890, the parish regained independence in 1894. Stoke Newington Vestry consisted of 60 vestrymen, elected from five wards.

South Hornsey formed the southern part of the parish of Hornsey, consisting of the Brownswood Park area south of Finsbury Park, part of Clissold Park and two detached areas entirely surrounded by the parish of Stoke Newington. The exclaves of South Hornsey effectively cut off the south-eastern section of Stoke Newington from the rest of the parish. A local board was formed to govern the area in 1867, becoming an urban district under the Local Government Act 1894.


The London Government Act 1899 provided that the County of London should be divided into metropolitan boroughs. The new authorities were to based on existing parishes with simplified boundaries. It was intended that each borough would have a population of between 100,000 and 400,000 inhabitants. Where an area fell below the threshold of 100,000 inhabitants, it might still be constituted a borough if it had a rateable value (property tax assessment) exceeding £500,000.

Stoke Newington did not wish to merge with Hackney and thus the decision was made to ally the bulk of South Hornsey, with a population about 20,000, with Stoke Newington. This still created a borough of only about 50,000 inhabitants, but the population in the area was rapidly increasing.


The existing parish boundaries frequently divided houses or related to field boundaries that had disappeared with the urbanisation of the area. The commissioners realigned the boundary lines so that for the most part they ran down the centre of roads, railways or watercourses.

To the north, the borough had a boundary with Middlesex, marked by the course of the New River and the Seven Sisters Road. To the west and south was the Metropolitan Borough of Islington, and to the east and northeast was the Metropolitan Borough of Hackney. (A more definite delineation of these boundaries can be found in Wikipedia.

Stoke Newington did not merge with Hackney until 1965 when the two metropolitan boroughs, along with the Metropolitan Borough of Shoreditch were abolished and the area became the London Borough of Hackney in Greater London.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Stoke Newington. There is a long "History" section covering the 11th to the 21st century.

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.)
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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.
  • 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.
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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.
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This page uses content from the English Wikipedia. The original content was at Stoke Newington. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with WeRelate, the content of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.