Records and Archives


The Cathedral does not have either an archivist or an archives department. The Visitors' Officer is willing to deal with general enquiries about the Cathedral's history.

We would be delighted to receive copies of old guidebooks, articles, photographs, and prints relating to the Cathedral although please write, marking your envelope for the attention of the Visitors' Officer, giving details of items before despatching them to us.

Family History

If you are researching your family history please note that the following records for St Saviour's parish church (i.e. its name before it became Southwark Cathedral) are held at

London Metropolitan Archives:

Baptisms: 1539-1904
Marriages: 1539-1923
Burials: 1538-1854

They also hold various other documents and papers covering the 15th to 19th centuries.

London Metropolitan Archives
40 Northampton Road

Tel: 020 7332 3820
Fax: 020 7833 9136

Open 0930 to 1645 Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and 0930 - 1930 Tue. Occasional Saturdays 0930 to 1645

Nearest stations: King's Cross (mainline and underground); Farringdon and Angel (underground)

Local History

For any enquires about local history of Southwark and Bankside please contact:

Southwark Local Studies Library

211 Borough High Street
Tel: 020 7403 3507
Fax: 020 7403 8633

Open 0930 - 2000 Mondays to Thursdays; 0930 - 1700 Tuesdays and Fridays; 0930 - 1300 Saturdays (Closed Wednesdays)

Nearest Stations: London Bridge (mainline and underground); Borough (underground)