By 1690 London had long since outgrown its medieval walls and boundaries, spilling into Middlesex and joining with the City of Westminster. As a result, the metropolis formed a complex patchwork of administration and policing. The sources reproduced on this website are intended to reflect that complexity, and to use them effectively it is necessary to understand the varied local government systems that produced them.
St Botolph Aldgate, St Clement Danes, St Dionis Backchurch
The City of London
Government, Wards and Parishes, Magistrates, Guilds
Sessions, Criminal Justice, Poor Law, Sessions Records, Tower Liberty Sessions
Government, Criminal Justice
Court of Burgesses, Sessions, Parishes, Liberties, Elections
If you are just getting started you may wish to consult the Research Guides provided; read the article on How to interpret an Eighteenth-Century Manuscript; and review the descriptions of the individual Document Types.
For a detailed reading list on these subjects, see the London Lives Bibliography.