London Metropolitan Archives

Organisation: Archive

Collections held: Courts, Police, Prisons

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

London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) holds records for different kinds of court – coroners, magistrates or petty sessions, county courts, quarter sessions and other types of local or national court relating to London.

In addition the penal system is documented through records of the City of London Police, and local authority Policing Committees and related bodies. Note records of the Metropolitan Police are not held by LMA (held at the National Archives (TNA) and the Metropolitan Police). Also records of Prisons including H.M.Wandsworth Prison, Holloway Prison and Feltham Young Offenders Institution.

40 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HB


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


Who can access the collection?

External (public), Online access (catalogue only)

How big is the collection?

Documents: over 100,000
Photographs: None
Objects: None
Artwork: None
Books/journals/magazines: None