Sources for London Lives

A fully searchable edition of 240,000 manuscripts from eight archives and fifteen datasets, giving access to 3.35 million names.

To search London Lives use the boxes on the right or go to the Search Pages.

March 2017 Update

The majority of the site's search functions have now been restored, including searching sets, roles, and the metaphone option for name searches. A number of previously restricted name search options, including occupation and age, are now available to all site users (please bear in mind the cautionary note about the limitations of these searches). However, user workspaces and accounts cannot be restored at present. We regret any inconvenience caused and continue to work towards the restoration of these features.

For information on previous site updates, please see What's New (April 2012).

London Life in the Eighteenth Century

What was it like to live in the first million person city in modern Western Europe? Crime, poverty, and illness; apprenticeship, work, politics and money; how people voted, lived and died; all this and more can be found in these documents. For more information see the Historical Background pages.

About this Project

Funded by the ESRC, and implemented by the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Sheffield and the Higher Education Digitisation Service at the University of Hertfordshire, the London Lives project is directed by Tim Hitchcock and Robert Shoemaker. The project manager is Sharon Howard. See about this project.

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Featured Life

Isabella Cousins, b. 1765

Widow and Twice an Illegitimate Mother
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Isabella married Stephen Cousins in 1765, at the parish church of St John, Wapping, but after twenty three years of marriage, in 1788, Stephen went to sea bound for Bengal. Isabella received a single letter telling her of his decision to leave, and never heard from him again. Read more