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In 1889 the County of London was formed from parts of the ancient counties of Middlesex, Surrey and Kent. It covered an area now encompassed by the 12 London boroughs which make up Inner London. Although the historical City of London lay within the new county boundaries it stayed outside its jurisdiction.

In 1899 the County of London was divided into 28 metropolitan boroughs.

In 1965 the 28 metropolitan boroughs were almagamated into 12 Inner London boroughs and joined together with 20 new Outer London boroughs (a mixture of 3 county boroughs and numerous urban districts) to create Greater London. The new boroughs took in the rest of Middlesex (which then ceased to exist as a county) and parts of the neighbouring counties of Surrey, Kent, Essex and Hertfordshire. The City of London remained a separate entity.

Below is a list of the current London boroughs, how they were previously organized and links to related archives, historical background, maps and further information where available.

London boroughs
Previous authorities
Ancient counties
Archive
History
Map
Info

The 32 present day London boroughs came into existence with the creation of Greater London in 1965.

From 1899 until the creation of Greater London in 1965 the area was divided up into the following authorities:

(M) = Metropolitan borough
(C) = County borough
(U) = Urban district
Before the County of London was created in 1889 the area was divided up between the following counties.        
             
Barking & Dagenham 1. Barking (U)
2. Dagenham (U)
Essex
Essex
Archive History  
             
Barnet 1. Finchley (U)
2. Hendon (U)
3. Friern Barnet (U)
4. East Barnet (U)
5. Barnet (U)
Middlesex
Middlesex
Middlesex
Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire
Archive Map
             
Bexley 1. Bexley (U)
2. Erith (U)
3. Crayford (U)
4.
Sidcup (U)
Kent
Kent
Kent
Kent
Archive History Info
             
Brent 1. Wembley (U)
2. Willesden (U)
Middlesex
Middlesex
Archive History Info
             
Bromley

1. Bromley (U)
2. Beckenham (U)
3. Orpington (U)
4. Penge (U)
5. Chislehurst (U)

Kent
Kent
Kent
Kent
Kent
Archive History Info
           
Camden 1. Hampstead (M)
2. Holborn (M)
3. St Pancras (M)
Middlesex
Middlesex
Middlesex
Archive History
             
City of London
(Not a borough)
1. City of London City of London Archive History Map
             
City of Westminster 1. Westminster (M)
2. St Marylebone (M)
3. Paddington (M)
Middlesex
Middlesex
Middlesex
Archive History  
           
Croydon 1. Croydon (C)
2. Coulsdon & Purley (U)
Surrey
Surrey
Archive
             
Ealing 1. Ealing (U)
2. Southall (U)
3. Acton (U)
Middlesex
Middlesex
Middlesex
Archive History
             
Enfield 1. Enfield (U)
2. Southgate (U)
3. Edmonton (U)
Middlesex
Middlesex
Middlesex
Archive History
             
Greenwich 1. Greenwich (M)
2. Woolwich (M)
(
Not North Woolwich)
Kent
Kent
Archive History Info
             
Hackney 1. Hackney (M)
2. Shoreditch (M)
3. Stoke Newington (M)
Middlesex
Middlesex
Middlesex
Archive History
             
Hammersmith & Fulham 1. Hammersmith (M)
2. Fulham (M)
Middlesex
Middlesex
Archive History
             
Haringey 1. Hornsey (U)
2. Wood Green (U)
3. Tottenham (U)
Middlesex
Middlesex
Middlesex
Archive History
             
Harrow 1. Harrow (U)
Middlesex Archive Map
           
Havering 1. Romford (U)
2. Hornchurch (U)
Essex
Essex
Archive
             
Hillingdon 1. Uxbridge (U)
2. Hayes & Harlington (U)
3. Ruislip-Northwood (U)
4. Yiewsley & West Drayton (U)
Middlesex
Middlesex
Middlesex
Middlesex
Archive History
             
Hounslow 1. Brentford & Chiswick (U)
2. Feltham (U)
3. Heston & Isleworth (U)
Middlesex
Middlesex
Middlesex
Archive History Map Info
             
Islington 1. Islington (M)
2. Finsbury (M)
Middlesex
Middlesex
Archive History Map
             
Kensington & Chelsea 1. Kensington (M)
2. Chelsea (M)
Middlesex
Middlesex
Archive History
             
Kingston upon Thames 1. Kingston upon Thames (U)
2. Malden & Coombe (U)
3. Surbiton (U)
Surrey
Surrey
Surrey
Archive History
             
Lambeth 1. Lambeth (M)
2. Wandsworth (M)
(
Only Clapham & Streatham)
Surrey
Surrey
Archive
Archive
History Info
             
Lewisham 1. Lewisham (M)
2. Deptford (M)
Kent
Kent
Archive History Info
           
Merton 1. Mitcham (U)
2. Wimbledon (U)
3. Merton & Morden (U)
Surrey
Surrey
Surrey
Archive History
             
Newham 1. East Ham (C)
2. West Ham (C)
3. North Woolwich
(
Part of Woolwich (M))
Essex
Essex
Kent
Archive History
             
Redbridge 1. Ilford (U)
2. Wanstead & Woodford (U)
3.
Part of Dagenham (U)
4.
Part of Chigwell (U)
Essex
Essex
Essex
Essex
Archive
             
Richmond upon Thames 1. Twickenham (U)
2. Richmond upon Thames (U)
3. Barnes (U)
Middlesex
Surrey
Surrey
Archive History Map
           
Southwark 1. Southwark (M)
2. Camberwell (M)
3. Bermondsey (M)
Surrey
Surrey
Surrey
Archive History Info
             
Sutton 1. Beddington (U)
2. Sutton & Cheam (U)
3. Carshalton (U)
Surrey
Surrey
Surrey
Archive History Map
             
Tower Hamlets 1. Bethnal Green (M)
2. Poplar (M)
3. Stepney (M)
Middlesex
Middlesex
Middlesex
Archive History
             
Waltham Forest 1. Chingford (U)
2. Leyton (U)
3. Walthamstow (U)
Essex
Essex
Essex
Archive History
             
Wandsworth 1. Battersea (M)
2. Wandsworth (M)
(
Not Clapham & Streatham)
Surrey
Surrey
Archive History
           

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