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June 2006

New resources for Surrey and south London now live

Dr Peter Webster, 28 June 2006

The south London sections of Daniel Lysons' 'Environs of London' and Walter Thornbury and Edward Walford's 'Old and New London' are now live. It is now possible to trace the evolution of these parts of London through successive survey histories of the area: Lysons and Noorthouck's 'New History' in the late 18th century; Thornbury and Walford in the late 19th; and the Victoria County History for Surrey in the 20th. The remaining volumes of Lysons and Thornbury/Walford will follow in the next few weeks. View them all at:

Noorthouck's 'A New History of London' now live

Dr Peter Webster, 27 June 2006

This history of London, published in 1773 by the citizen and stationer John Noorthouck, is now live. As well as giving a chronological survey of the capital's history, it contains an invaluable contemporary account of the state of the City in the late eighteenth century, along with the City of Westminster and neighbouring parts of Surrey and Middlesex. Among its substantial appendices are the texts of the charters of the city, as well as lists of mayors, MPs, bishops and other officers. This is the first of a series of key older histories of London forthcoming on British History Online. Others include works by Daniel Lysons and Walter Thornbury, and, over the next year, John Stow. Read more at:

Records of the Worshipful Company of Carpenters

Dr Matthew Davies, 20 June 2006

The Apprentices' Entry Books for 1654-1694 are now live. These books record the names of nearly 3,000 apprentices bound to members of the Company, along with details of their family background and place of origin. As well as illustrating the economic history of London, they are also of use for the study of economic migration within England and Wales. They may also be read alongside other sources on the site relating to the inhabitants of London, including records of taxation and of residence. We plan to add further records of this and others of the city's livery companies over the next few months. Read more at:

Two major chronicles of London now live

Dr Peter Webster, 13 June 2006

The Diary of Henry Machyn and the Chronicle of London by William Gregory are now live. These two sources, for the sixteenth and fifteenth centuries respectively, give vivid eye-witness accounts of key political, social and religious events in the capital. Machyn records much detail of the religious turbulence of the Edwardian Reformation, the restoration of Catholicism by Mary, and the Elizabethan Settlement. Both are editions originally published as part of the Camden Society's publications. Read them both at:

Forthcoming resources for Welsh local history

Dr Peter Webster, 05 June 2006

Soon to be added to the site are a major topographical dictionary for Wales, and resources for the history of Cardiff. Samuel Lewis's "Topographical Dictionary" covers the whole of the country, and complements his equivalent work for Scotland, already on the site. Also coming soon are five volumes of the municipal records of Cardiff, a major resource for Welsh urban history. These volumes should appear this summer, and may be found by following the link below:

Forthcoming resources for Scottish history

Dr Peter Webster, 02 June 2006

Major new resources for the history of Scotland, and for Edinburgh and Glasgow in particular, will be added to the site soon. Several of the volumes of the Burgh Records Society for sixteenth and seventeenth-century Glasgow will be added in the next three months. Over the next 18 months we plan to add similar resources for early modern Edinburgh, and for the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.