Archives and Local Studies
Here is a wealth of information you can use to research anything from local history, archived documents & your family tree.
To help you with you research, the following areas include links to other articles or external websites.
These links include:
Parish Register Holdings
Local Studies & Archives Centre
2nd Floor, Central Library
St Nicholas Way Sutton, Surrey SM1 1EA
tel: (020) 8770 4747, fax: (020) 8770 4777
Tue, Fri 10am-5pm; Wed 10am-8pm;
Closed Mon & Thur;
Alternative Saturdays 9.30am-5pm;
Alternative Sundays 1-4.30pm
We will be open the following weekends in 2015:
10/11 Jan, 24/26 Jan, 7/8 Feb, 21/22 Feb, 7/8 Mar, 21/22 Mar
18/19 Apr, 2/3 May, 16/17 May, 30/31 May, 13/14 Jun, 27/28 Jun
We are closed throughout the Easter Weekend
An Introduction to the Archives & Local Studies Collections
The Local Studies Collection: encompasses a variety of different resources -- printed books, photographs, maps, newspapers, pamphlets and slides. These resources relate particularly to the past, present and future life of this Borough and more generally to Surrey and Greater London (especially south of the Thames). We have especially strong collections of material relating to Croydon Airport and the River Wandle.
The Borough's Archives: These are kept separately from the Local Studies Collection and comprise primary source material relating almost exclusively to this Borough. The main exceptions to this rule are records of the Wallington (previously Croydon) Magistrates Court and a large collection of copies of Surrey parish registers. Again, material is held in a variety of different formats - paper, parchment, magnetic tape and video. Because archives are, by their very nature, unique, readers are asked to observe a number of guidelines designed to protect this material.
Where are the collections kept? The Local Studies Centre is situated on the top floor of the Central Library. You may need to produce proof of identification (e.g. library ticket, driving licence, CARN ticket etc) before using some material. Whilst we try to have as much material as possible readily available for consultation at least 24 hours notice is required before we can produce archives and hard copy of reports to council and council minutes prior to 1965.
Search our Archive Catalogue and Newspaper Index Online Not all our archive collection is catalogued so please telephone us if there is anything you can't find.
Not all of the Local Studies Collection appears on the Libraries' computerised catalogue. Instead, separate catalogues exist for some books and larger pamphlets These can be found in binders in the Local Studies & Archives Centre. Place, person and subject indexes to the Archive catalogues.
A large proportion of our archive catalogues can also be accessed via A2A.