In UK for one night and needs some advice on resources held in London

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Hi

I am from NZ and for the first time in 10 years,  I will be in the UK for less than 24 hours and while I am keen to see the sights of London it could be a one off opportunity to do some ground work on my Family History. My ancestors came from a small village called Myddle in Shropshire. While I would love to jump on a train and visit Myddle,  jetlag I am sure will hit, so I am limited to London. Hence my question, are there any shropshire records not available online held in London which I could visit? I have traced my family back to about 1780's then have hit a brick wall. To complicate matters I arrive on Good Friday so I assume everything will be shut so it leaves only the morning on Saturday. I know its a big ask but if any one has some ideas or suggestions I would be grateful

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Matthew

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Are you aware of the book "The History of Myddle" written in 1700 by Richard Gough, the text can be found online at archive.org?
Sadly all information isn't in one place in London, the main repository is TNA (The National Archives) at Kew, 10 miles 50 mins by public transport, from Heathrow east towards the centre of London. This holds lots of papers that aren't digitised but have a look on their website to see what they do hold.
The other place is the Society of Genealogists, near Barbican underground station and about 1 hour from Heathrow, who hold various documents and books, check them out here, you would need to pay a visitor fee.
There are of course other archives in London but they hold local to London papers, but of course there may be some obscure mention of a Shropshire family hidden in them.

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Thanks so much for this, the TNA is closed when I am there however I am going to try and get to the Society of Geneologists. Shame I will be in England for such a short time, still I am really looking forward to it. Thanks again