Waltham Forest Archives and local studies library

Information about your family history, the history of your house or street.

Last updated: 20 November 2023

Next review: 20 November 2024

Waltham Forest Archives and Local Studies Library service will be relocating to Walthamstow Library in early 2024. The Searchroom is now temporarily closed whilst we prepare our collections for this move. Our reopening date will be published when this is confirmed.

External online resources

Information sheets for selected online resources to help with your research during our temporary closure period
Local and family history
House history


Primary sources for the history of our local community include records of:

  • Anglican parishes since 1575 (including parish registers)
  • Chingford Mount Cemetery
  • Local authorities
  • Places of worship
  • Schools
  • Properties and historic buildings
  • Businesses
  • Clubs and societies

Local studies library

Printed sources available in our Searchroom include:

  • Local newspapers
  • Trade directories
  • Electoral registers which are more than 10 years old
  • Council minutes and reports up to 2007
  • Ordnance Survey and other maps
  • Secondary sources including biographies and histories of organisations

Lists of Local Studies Library subject files (some files may contain limited information)

  • Biography: list of some files held in Searchroom
  • Buildings: list of all files held in Searchroom
  • Business and Industry: list of historical businesses and industries in Waltham Forest. Inclusion in this list does not imply that we hold sources for a business except as indicated

Related Waltham Forest pages

Local history societies


Waltham Forest Archives and Local Studies Library

Vestry House Museum
Vestry Road 
E17 9NH