The pages below provide comprehensive introductions to the subjects, institutions, and documents included in London Lives. For more general introductions to London life in the eighteenth century, you may find the background pages of the Old Bailey Online helpful, particularly London and its Hinterlands and Community Histories.
Parishes, The City of London, Middlesex, Southwark, Westminster.
Prosecutors and Litigants, Policing, Reformation of Manners Campaigns, Justices of the Peace and the Pre-Trial Process, The Courts, The Criminal Trial, Punishment, Prisons and Lockups, Houses of Correction, Bridewell Prison and Hospital.
Poor Relief and Charity
Parish Relief, Parish Nurses, Workhouses, Settlement, Vagrancy, Associational Charities, Parliamentary Reform, The Parish Poor.
Guilds and Hospitals
Guilds, Carpenters' Company, Hospitals, St Thomas's Hospital.
How to Interpret an Eighteenth-Century Manuscript, Apprentices, Bastardy, Crime, Illness, Poverty, Work.
Guides to each of the thirty-nine types of documents included in London Lives.
Guides to each of the fifteen additional datasets included in London Lives.
For a detailed reading list on all these subjects, see the London Lives Bibliography.