London Land and Property
Before the Great Fire (1666)
A very useful guide for finding London property records predating the Great Fire is available online:
- A Survey of Documentary Sources for Property Holding in London before the Great Fire: London Record Society, 22 (1985). Available online, courtesy: British History Online.
The Topographical Index - City Parishes section of the book identifies available records parish-by-parish.
Feet of Fines (1195-1569)
During the medieval period, archival copies of agreements between two parties concerning land lawsuits were known as feet of fines.
Many of these old records have been published and are available online:
- 1195-1485 - Hardy, W.J. and W. Page. A Calendar to the Feet of Fines for London & Middlesex. Volume 1: Richard I to Richard III. London: Hardy & Page, 1892. Digital versions at FamilySearch Books Online Vol 1 and FamilySearch Books Online Vol 2.
- 1485-1569 - Hardy, W.J. and W. Page. A Calendar to the Feet of Fines for London and Middlesex. Volume 2. 1 Henry VII to Michaelmas, 11 and 12 Elizabeth. London: Hardy & Page, 1893. Digital version at British History Online.
Land Tax Assessments Books (1692-1900)
These records were kept by the Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace. They are available on microfilm at the Family History Library: FHL Film 1068164 (1st of 161 films) and have been digitised and indexed by Ancestry (£) through 1932.
- Wikipedia Contributors, 'Feet of Fines,' Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feet_of_Fines, accessed 19 July 2011.
- Feet of Fines: London, Some Notes on Medieval English Genealogy, accessed 3 January 2012.