How to trace the history of your house in Spelthorne

Spelthorne was in Middlesex until 1965, and the records of the old county of Middlesex are in the London Metropolitan Archives. So if you live in Spelthorne, although all the advice given in our research guide "How to Trace the History of Your House" still applies, many of the records you need will be in the London Metropolitan Archives. Some sources are also held at Surrey History Centre.

What will I find at London Metropolitan Archives (LMA)?

What will I find at Surrey History Centre?

  • Books and directories.
  • Ordnance Survey maps, printed maps and manuscript maps.
  • Electoral registers for the Spelthorne county constituency 1965 to 1970 and the Spelthorne borough constituency 1971 onwards.
  • Microform copies of census returns for the Spelthorne area 1841 to 1901.
  • The online family history sites Ancestry and FindMyPast contain census returns and electoral registers, and are free to use at Surrey libraries and Surrey History Centre.
  • Copies of Spelthorne parish registers held at LMA, where available in microform.
  • Some title deeds, sale particulars and illustrations.
  • Back copies of newspapers, including the 'Middlesex Chronicle' and 'Staines and Egham News'.
  • 19th Century Newspapers, British Newspaper Archive and Times Digital Archive are available free in all Surrey Libraries and Surrey History Centre.

Although the 1910 Finance Valuation Act books and maps are held at the National Archives, Surrey History Centre holds valuation forms for many individual properties in Spelthorne under reference 2411/-.

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