Woolwich History

Woolwich History and Family History

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Welcome to the main page for Woolwich History and Family History. From here you can link to various other pages containing information on Woolwich history, and hopefully either gain more knowledge, or connect with others who have ancestors from woolwich.

We have included the modern map (above) for those who do not know the area, but compare with the 1748 map of Woolwich further down the page.

We have already included pages for the main genealogical details of churches and schools for family historians.

Woolwich is in the Royal Borough of Greenwich in south-east London, and the post code is SE18. The most central railway station is Woolwich Arsenal, where there is also a Docklands Light Railway station. There is also a rail station at Woolwich Dockyard.

The Records of the Woolwich District (two volumes), first published in 1890, is a great read, and very detailed. It has recently been republished by FamLoc, and will be invaluable to those interested in Woolwich history. Click on an image below to be taken to the Woolwich History Books page, where extracts on Woolwich history can be viewed:

Woolwich History: Records of the Woolwich DistrictWoolwich History: Records of the Woolwich District

Greenwich Heritage Centre
Artillery Square
Royal Arsenal
Woolwich, SE18 4DX
Tel: 0208 854 2452
Greenwich Heritage Centre Website

Woolwich History: Map of West Woolwich, 1748

West Woolwich, 1748, Surveyed and drawn by John Barker

The image (left) is just one of many Woolwich maps included in Records of the Woolwich District vol I
Note that north is at bottom of the map.

Click here for Woolwich History Books

We are always looking to add info to our Woolwich Local and Family History page, and welcome all input.


  • serena valentine

    Please would you be kind enough to add my great grandfather Harry leslie Charles valentine born in Woolwich in 1881/1882. After 20 years of research and having even employed experts I cannot find a birth certificate or details on any family members. He married Emily durling in 1907 in Chatham and they went on to have several children . On cencus from then, although on his naval records he lived in around 1895 at 70 The pavilions Woolwich . Any information or advise would be really welcomed. Thank you Serena Valentine

  • Michael BurgisI

    I have been searching for information on the RACS Coop bakery in Powis st Woolwich SE18 I worked there in 1951 as a van boy. I am looking for photos of the red horse drawn bread vans can anyone help

  • Jackie Clarke

    Does anyone know when the tailor Arthur Messant of Woolwich traded please? I have a wonderful wooden coat hangar with this company on it. It provides servant’s liveries !

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