Explore these Non-Conformist registers from the London Borough of Southwark. The browse experience allows you to select a volume of interest and page through it without the need to search for a specific named individual.
You can search by denomination or by particular chapel, with or without a date range. You can include the event type but note that you should always tick Composite Register if looking for baptisms or burials or marriages, as the composite registers may have two or three different event types within.
If you have already used a volume, or have a citation from elsewhere, you can select the archive reference, which is specific to an individual item (and therefore doesn’t need any other criteria input in search fields).
These records are among the first releases from Findmypast’s partnership with Southwark Archives, the archive serving the London Borough of Southwark. This area of London south of the Thames was part of the historical and ceremonial county of Surrey, but its importance to the social and cultural functioning of the City has always been recognised. As it was situated outside the jurisdiction of the City of London, it also enjoyed a reputation for counter-cultural tendencies, such as when, in Shakespeare’s day, playhouses sprang up alongside the many inns, bowling alleys, gambling dens and other venues we are too polite to mention.
The Archives hold an appropriately diverse collection of records. Our first publications relate to registers created by the Non-Conformist, or Dissenting, denominations of Southwark. These mainly cover the C19th and early C20th and are drawn from Baptist, Congregational (Independent) and Methodist chapels across different parts of the borough.
The collection includes baptism registers, marriage registers, burial registers and also composite registers (containing two or more event types). There are in addition more general records of congregations, often containing lists of chapel-goers, or details of Sunday School attendance or Band of Hope temperance pledges.