The London Stock Exchange database provides the most comprehensive coverage of long-term historical data on British stocks available anywhere. The database provides data on stocks beginning in 1601 and daily prices for London stocks from 1693 until 1985, covering almost 300 years of history and over 15,000 securities. From the Glorious Revolution of 1689 to the rise of the railroads to World War I, London was the financial center of the world and dominated world finance in the 1800s.
The London Stock Exchange Database begins in 1693 when prices were first published in “The Course of the Exchange” by John Castaing using prices he acquired from stock traders at the coffee shops in London. The London Stock Exchange was established in 1801 and has published daily price lists for over 200 years now.
GFD has put together a day-by-day account of the bull and bear markets that have occurred in London over the past 300 years. The database allows you to follow in daily detail the bubbles of the past, including the South Sea Bubble of the 1720s, the Mining Bubble of the 1820s, the Railroad Bubble of the 1840s, the Crash of the 1920s, and the Collapse of the 1970s (worse than the 1920s).
You can study British companies to see how canal stocks performed in the early part of the 1800s, railroads from the 1820s on, banking and insurance stocks throughout the 1800s, how the utility industry grew with gas light companies, water work companies, and tramways, and how the coal and steel industry grew over time.
Because London was the financial center of the world, several thousand companies from 80 countries listed on the London Stock Exchange. Governments from around the world went to London to raise money to fund their budget deficits. The London Stocks Database provides data on: