Kingston History Centre

Organisation: Archive

Collections held: Courts

Dates: Before 1700, 1700-1799, 1800-1849, 1850-1899, 1900-1949, 1950-present

Kingston History Centre cares for a number of records relating to the dispensation of justice in Kingston upon Thames over time. Most of our archive holdings are listed on Discovery. This is a national database maintained by the National Archives. If you would like to access archive material listed on Discovery, please get in touch in advance of your visit, as much of our archive collection is now held offsite and items need to be ordered in prior to being viewed. Please note that some records may be closed in line with data protection legislation.

Kingston History Centre, The Guildhall, High Street, Kingston, KT1 1EU

Contact: 020 8547 6738 /

Any publications or other relevant material about the collection / history of the organisation?

Royal Borough of Kingston Upon-Thames, Finney, W
That​ ​Famous​ ​Place:​ ​A​ ​History​ ​of​ ​Kingston​ ​Upon​ ​Thames,​ ​Butters,​ ​S,​ ​2013
Guide to the Borough Archives, Kingston Borough Council, 1971

Historic Buildings?

The History Centre is located in the former Kingston Magistrates Court in the basement of the Guildhall. The Magistrates Courts closed in 2011 and the History Centre opened in October 2015. The search room is located in the former Court No.1, with the former offices and cells being used for archive storage and office space for History Centre staff.

Who can access the collection?

External (public), Online access (catalogue only)

How big is the collection?

Documents: 501-1000
Photographs: 11- 100
Objects: None
Artwork: None
Books/journals/magazines: None

Photo credits

Image courtesy of Kingston History Centre