House Histories

A guide to researching houses in St John's Wood

This list of sources for building history has been compiled by Alison Kenney, Archivist, Westminster Archives.  The City of Westminster Archives Centre is at 10 St Ann’s Street, London SW1P 2D.

Catalogues and Indexes

WESTCAT is Westminster’s on-line archive catalogue, including approximately 6,000 images.

More information is continually being added.

  • Westminster Libraries book catalogue (WLbc)

  • Card Indexes – prints/photos, information in books/ pamphlets, deeds.

Reference books at Westminster Archives

 For street names and numbering changes:

  • London County Council (LCC) Names of Streets & Places in the Administrative County of London, 1912, 1929, 1955, 1966.

Books – select list

  • Buildings of England, London, vol 2, North West

by Nikolaus Pevsner, Yale University Press 2002.

  • Listed buildings (printed version) 1987.

(latest version:

  • London Street Names by Gillian Bebbington.

Batsford 1972 – includes map of estates.

  • Lived in London: Blue Plaques and Stories Behind Them

by Emily Cole. Yale University Press 2009.

  • Cottages and Villas: The Birth of the Garden Suburb

by Mireille Galinou. Yale University Press 2010.

commissioned by Eyre Estate, St John’s Wood.

  • Marylebone: Great City North of Oxford Street

by Gordon Mackenzie. Macmillan, 1972.

  • St John’s Wood and Maida Vale Past by Richard Tames.

Historical Publications, 1998.

Rare books and pamphlets

See WLbc

  • Westminster City Council (WCC) development plans and publications, 20th Century.
  • Estate agents’ sale particulars, late 19th – 20th century.

Cuttings, newspapers and periodicals

  • Cuttings re: buildings, mid-late 20th century –

see street index and classification scheme.

  • Local newspaper e.g. Marylebone Mercury – on microfilm.

Directories, Court Guides, Electoral Registers, Census Returns

  • Kelly’s Post Office London Directories, 1842-1991.
  • Kelly’s Directories for St Marylebone, 1880s-1939.
  • Boyles Court Guides (of notable people) 1792-1940.
  • Electoral registers of St Marylebone, 1913-2015.
  • Census returns, 1841-1911 – on microfilm (except 1911)

Prints and Photographs

  • see WESTCAT and prints/photos card index
  • engravings, watercolours, drawings, 19th – 20th centuries
  • Ashbridge prints of Marylebone, 18-20th centuries

see Ashbridge hand-list

  • Photographs, 19th – 20th centuries

Maps – select list

  • Plans of the Parish of St Marylebone:

Peter Potter c.1832, George Lucas 1846, 1862

  • Ordnance Survey

1867-74, 1894-96, 1906-1919, 1951-present

  • A to Z of Victorian London,

Harry Margary and Guildhall Library

1987 – Bacon, New Large Scale Ordnance Atlas of London and Suburbs, 1888


Official, business, institutional, private etc


  • St Marylebone Borough Council minutes and committee minutes, 1900-1965
  • Westminster City Council minutes and committee minutes, 1965-2000s
  • Rate books, 19th century – 1968/69
  • Drainage plans, c1885-1985 (WDP1, WDP2)
  • Eyre Estate leases, lease plans, maps of St John’s Wood,

18th – 20th centuries (ACC 765, 963, 2650 – 2652)

  • Marylebone miscellaneous deeds, 18-20th centuries – see WESTCAT and deeds card index

Civil Defence

  • London County Council Bomb Damage Maps 1939-1945

Ann Saunders (ed),

London Topographical Society and London Metropolitan Archives, 2005

  • Marylebone bomb incident reports, 1940-1945 (MBN CD)
This page was added on 06/04/2016.

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