Family and local history collections

The Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre holds a variety of sources for local and family historians and people researching the history of a building or house.

  • our archives date from the 14th century and relate to every town, village and parish in Bexley
  • Ancestry.com is freely available at Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre and all Bexley Libraries and now includes millions of records from the Bexley area
  • local council building plans dating from c1890 up until the 1940s
  • the archives also include local authority records and council minutes, business records, records of private estates, personal papers, records of local clubs and societies and archives concerning the First and Second World Wars
  • Ordnance Survey maps from the 1860s
  • an extensive collection of family and local history books

Search our catalogues:

Contact us at archives@bexley.gov.uk.

Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre is the Diocesan Record Office for all the Church of England Parishes within the London Borough of Bexley. We also hold records for several Non-Conformist Churches in the area.

  • the churches and temples listed below have deposited records at the centre
  • these can be inspected by researchers in hard copy and digital formats
  • parish registers are also available on Ancestry.com which is freely available at Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre and all Bexley Libraries
  • for full details of the parish records search the archive catalogue

Church

Years covered

All Saints, Barnes Cray

1918 to 1941

All Saints, Belvedere

1814 to 2009

All Saints, Foots Cray

1608 to 2005

Bethany Hall, Bexleyheath

1854 to 1930

Birkbeck Chapel, Sidcup

1965 to 1984

Bexley United Reformed Church

1996 to 2007

Bexleyheath Congregational Church (now Geddes Place United Reformed Church)

1888 to 2010

Bexleyheath Methodist Church

1903 to 1985

Bishop Ridley's, Falconwood

1958 to 1989

Blendon Methodist Church

1959 to 2001

Christ Church, Erith

1869 to 2010

Christ Church, Sidcup

1879 to 2014

Christchurch, Bexleyheath

1835 to 2000

Christadelphian Hall, Erith

1996 to 2003

Crayford Baptist Church

1939 to 2013

Crayford Methodist Church

1894 to 2006

The Cross, Thamesmead

1971 to 2010 

Erith Methodist Church

1889 to 1969

Foots Cray Baptist Church

1812 to 2005

Geddes Place United Reformed Church (formerly Bexleyheath Congregational Church)

1888 to 2010

Guru Nanak Durbar Gurdwara

1984 to 2007

Holy Redeemer, Lamorbey

1924 to 2000

Holy Trinity, Lamorbey

1840 to 2007

Kingdom Hall, Sidcup

1958 to 1974

New Community Church, South East London

1987 to 2009

Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church

1999 to 2008

Our Lady of the Rosary Roman Catholic Church

1965 to 1995

Providence Strict Baptist Church

1859 to 1956

St Andrew's, Bostall Heath

1887 to 2013

St Andrew's, Sidcup

1938 to 2002

St Augustine's, Belvedere

1884 to 2010

St Augustine's, Slade Green

1901 to 2004

St Barnabas, Joyden's Wood

1924 to 2000

St James’, Blendon

1937 to 2008

St James’, North Cray

1538 to 2004

St John's, Bexley

1880 to 2013

St John's, Erith

1625 to 2000

St John's, Sidcup

1841 to 2014

St John's, Welling

1869 to 2012

St Lawrence Catholic Church, Sidcup

1978 to 1990

St Martin's, Barnehurst

1936 to 2004

St Mary's, Bexley

1565 to 2010

St Mary's, Welling

1934 to 2008

St Michael's, East Wickham

1715 to 2013

St Paul's, Northumberland Heath

1884 to 2010

St Paul's, Thamesmead

1975 to 2011

St Paulinus, Crayford

1558 to 2001

St Peter's, Bexleyheath

1943 to 2001

St Thomas More Roman Catholic Church, Bexleyheath

1960 to 1982

Sidcup Methodist Church

1891 to 1996

Sidcup United Reformed Church

1876 to 1990

Trinity Baptist Church

1853

Upper Abbey Road Baptist Church

1897 to 1957

Welling Baptist Church

1959 to 2006

Welling Evangelical Free Church

1987

Welling Gospel Chapel

1982 to 1991

Welling United Reformed Church

1868 to 2008

William Temple, Abbey Wood

1958 to 2001

Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre hold certain records for the schools listed below.

  • please note that some records contain personal information and are therefore subject to the Data Protection Act 1988
  • for full details of the school records search the archive catalogue

School

Years covered

Abbey Primary

1968 to 2003

Bedonwell Primary

1874 to 1941

Belvedere Primary (previously West Street School)

1901 to 2000

Bexleyheath Secondary

1863 to 1967

Birkbeck Primary

1882 to 2003

Brigden Primary

1866 to 1974

Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School

1931 to 1992

Cleeve Park School

1930 to 2012

Colyers Primary

1969 to 1998

Crayford School

1931 to 1988

Crescent Road Primary

1882 to 1938

Crossness Primary

1892 to 1914

Erith School (previously Erith Grammar School and Northumberland Heath Secondary School)

1903 to 2009

Fosters Primary

1727 to 1963

Halfway Street Primary

1935 to 1982

Hillview School

1976 to 1987

Howbury Grange School (previously Slade Green Secondary)

1956 to 1992

Longlands Primary

1799 to 2013

North Cray Primary

1857 to 2003

North End Primary

1908 to 1977

Northumberland Heath Primary

1873 to 1972

Riverside School

1972 to 1995

St Mary's and St Joseph's Roman Catholic School

1945 to 1981

St Michael's Primary

1935 to 1996

St Paulinus Primary

1866 to 2003

St Thomas More Catholic Primary

1966 to 2012

Sidcup Hill Primary

1908 to 2002

Slade Green Junior

1906 to 2011

Trinity School

1893 to 1982

Upland Primary

1894 to 1931

Upton Primary

1938 to 1992

Westwood College

1938 to 1998

Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre hold the following cemetery records. They are also held in digital format at the Centre and on Ancestry.com which is freely available at Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre and all Bexley Libraries.

Name of cemetery

Records at BLSAC

Records on Ancestry.com

Bexleyheath

1879 to 2001

1879 to 1985

Erith

1879 to 2001

1894 to 1985

Sidcup

1912 to 2001

1912 to 1985

Hill View Cemetery

1995 to 1998  

N/A

  • the cemetery registers usually contain information including the person's name, their burial plot and the date of the burial
  • to perform a successful search you will usually need the name of the person and the date of death
  • the Centre also holds the burial registers of those Church of England parishes in the London Borough of Bexley that have deposited their records with us
  • cremations performed at Eltham crematorium can be searched for free online
  • death notices and/or obituaries which may have been published in the local newspapers may reveal details of where the burial took place
  • more information on cemeteries and crematoria in Bexley

Many local newspapers are available on microfilm at the Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre.

Search the Bexley Libraries catalogue for more details and to search the newspaper index.

Title of newspaper

Holdings

Advertiser

1980 to 1982

Bexley and Eltham Express

July 2000 to 25 May 2006

The Bexley and Eltham Leader

July 1984 to June 2000 (incomplete 1985, 1986, 1991, 1995 and 1999)

Bexley Comet

July 1984 to May 1989

Bexley Heath and Bexley Observer and Weekly Intelligencier

1914

Bexleyheath and Erith Observer

1881, January 1892 to December 1895

Bexleyheath and Welling Times

July 1987 to May 2004

Bexleyheath, Bexley and District Times and Dartford Chronicle

January 1905 to December 1915 (lacks 1912)

Bexleyheath, Dartford and Erith Observer

January 1873 to 1880

Bexleyheath, Erith and Sidcup Observer

1882 to 1891, 1896 to 1913

Bexley Extra

May 2004 to 16 May 2008

Bexley Heath Observer

1916 to 1933, 1938 to 1947

Bexleyheath Observer

1948 to June 1987 (lacks 1 May to 12 June 1975, not published January to February 1979, lacks 12 January 1984)

Bexley Heath Observer and Kentish Times

1934 to 1937

Bexleyheath, Welling and District Free Press

17 June 1933 to 30 October 1937

Bexley Times

19 August 2004 to December 2016

Crayford Chronicle

March 1965 to December 1967

Dartford Chronicle (see also: Bexleyheath, Bexley and District Times and Dartford Chronicle)

July 1869 to 1872

Dartford Express

1898 to 1899

Erith and Crayford Observer

July 1973 to December 1985 (lacks August, September, and December 1978, incomplete 1980)

Erith and Crayford Times

January 1986 to August 2004

Erith, Belvedere and District Free Press

15 November 1930 to 30 October 1937

Erith Observer

1907 to June 1973

Erith Times

April 1883 to December 1895, January 1899 to 29 August 1919

Insight (Thamesmead Community Association)

May 1970 to December 1987

Kentish Independent

1900 to 30 May 1985

Kentish Times: Classified and Property Times

1986 to 1989

Mainline

1982 to 3 January, 21 March 1985 to 14 November 1985

The Mercury

January 1998 to November 2006

The Mercury (Bexleyheath and Welling)

July to December 1994 (incomplete)

The Mercury (Sidcup and Bexley)

July to December 1997 (incomplete)

The Mercury (Sidcup, Bexley and Bexleyheath and Welling)

January 1989 to June 1990

News Shopper

September 1967 to December 2016

North Kent Argus

1929

The Record for Old Bexley, Bexleyheath, East Wickham, Welling

March 1929 to August 1939

Sidcup Times

1884 to April 1887, October 1888 to December 1985

Sidcup and Blackfen Times

January 1986 to August 2004 (lacks 14 April 1988)

Thamesmead People

August 1994 to September 1999

Thamesmead Post

1974 to 1975

Thamesmead Times

December 1987 to 1993

Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre holds electoral registers for the local area dating from 1906.

  • lists of names of people entitled to vote, arranged by address within each polling district in each constituency
  • it is not an alphabetical list of voters
  • to comply with legislation we cannot provide information on any electoral register which is under 10 years old by telephone, email or letter
  • we do not allow any of our electoral registers to be photocopied, photographed or scanned if they are less than 10 years old
  • the electoral registers and poll books for 1734 to 1965 are also available on Ancestry.com which is freely available at Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre and all Bexley Libraries
  • registers of electors from 1832 are held at the Kent History and Library Centre

Electoral registers held at the Centre

Old Bexley and Sidcup Constituency

1984

Sidcup Constituency (see also Chislehurst)

1971 to 1983

Bexley Constituency (see also Dartford)

1945 to 1970

Chislehurst Constituency (includes Sidcup)

1935, 1938, 1945 to 1953, 1955 to 1970

Bexleyheath Constituency

1971

Erith and Crayford Constituency (see also Dartford)

1955

Dartford Constituency (includes Bexley, Crayford and Erith)

1937 to 1939, 1945

Erith parish and borough

1906 to 1919, 1926 to 1954

Poll books

Kent

1734, 1754, 1790, 1802

West Kent

1835, 1837, 1847, 1852, 1857, 1859, 1865

Directories were designed to give basic current information on villages and towns within a county or area.

Below is a list of all the directories available at the Local Studies and Archive Centre. For more details search the Bexley Libraries catalogue.

Area

Directory

Years covered

Kent

Universal British (Kent section)

1792

Kent

Pigot

1828 to 1829, 1832 to 1834, 1839, 1841

Kent

Post Office

1845, 1851, 1855, 1859, 1862, 1866, 1870, 1874, 1878

Kent

Bagshaw

1847

Kent

Melville

1858

Kent

Harrod

1867

Kent

Kelly's

1882, 1887, 1891, 1895, 1899, 1903, 1905, 1907, 1909, 1911, 1913, 1915, 1918, 1934, 1938

Kent

Kent trades directories

1939, 1953, 1961, 1965, 1969, 1970

Local

Sidcup

1894, 1898, 1901, 1918 to 1939

Local

Sidcup Chamber of Commerce

1966, 1971

Local

Chislehurst and Sidcup

1958

Local

Dartford (including Bexley and Crayford)

1878

Local

Jenkins

1894 to 1939 (incomplete)

Local

Bexley (present London Borough area)

1898

Local

Bexley (present London Borough area except Footscray/Sidcup)

1900, 1903, 1905, 1909

Local

Bexley, Bexleyheath, Crayford, North Cray, East Wickham and Welling

1920

Local

Bexley, Bexleyheath, East Wickham, Welling and Barnehurst

1929

Local

Erith, Belvedere and Abbey Wood, Northumberland Heath, Slades Green and North End

1892, 1912, 1921

Telephone directories

Directory

Years covered

Bexleyheath and Erith

1930, 1938, 1939

Bexley and Dartford

1972 to 1990

Thompsons

1982 to 1990

Woolwich and District (includes whole of Bexley London Borough area)

1952 to 1969 (incomplete)