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London Metropolitan Archives



Reference code(s): COL/RMD/PA

Held at: London Metropolitan Archives


Date(s): 1579- 2000

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 30.2 linear metres

Name of creator(s): Corporation of London


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Office of Remembrancer was instituted in 1571. The traditional role is as the channel of communications between the City of London on the one hand and the Sovereign, Royal Household and Parliament on the other. The Remembrancer is also the City's Ceremonial Officer and Chief of Protocol.

The Remembrancer's department at the City of London is broken into three distinct branches of work - parliamentary, ceremonial and private events. The parliamentary office is responsible for looking after the City of London's interests in Parliament with regard to all public legislation, while the ceremonial office's objectives are to enable the Lord Mayor and City of London to welcome high profile visitors both domestically and internationally. Finally, the private events team co-ordinate the hiring of the Guildhall for private banquets, receptions or conferences.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Remembrancer's Department, Corporation of London, relating to Parliament, including the Remembrancia, volumes of correspondence between the Sovereign, the Lord Mayor, Ministers, the Privy Council, the Courts of Aldermen and Common Council and eminent persons relating to the government of the City of London, its rights, privileges, usages and customs, religion, trade and commerce, public buildings, markets, churches and so on, transcribed by the Remembrancer, 1579-1640 and 1660-1664; index to the Remembrancia, compiled in 2000; payments to various Remembrancers, 1676-1804; and document 'reasons humbly offered why the Remembrancer's attendance on Parliament should be continued', 1685.

Various published volumes and lists used by the Remembrancer's Office, including Statutes at Large 1225 - 1835; Parliamentary index, 1877-1896; Statutes of the Realm, 1235-1713; index to Statutes of the Realm, 1225-1714; Public General Acts and Measures, 1940-1979; index to Public General, Local, Private and Personal Acts, 1801-1844; miscellaneous Acts, 1691-1890; Port of London Acts, 1799-1806; statutes and acts specifically affecting London, 1750-1907; index of statutes relating to the London County Council and the Metropolitan Borough Councils, 1817-1959; London Statutes Metropolis Local Management Acts, 1817-1879; London County Council (General Powers) Act, 1902-1936; City of London Legislation (Various Acts), 1900-1939; City of London Legislation (Various Powers) Acts, 1944-1965; general index to the City's legislation, 1900-1965; abstracts of Acts of Parliament, 1785; list of Acts of Parliament relating to the City, 1327-1802, compiled 1845? and list of Private Acts of Parliament, 1900-1931.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

In sections according to catalogue.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright City of London.

Physical characteristics:


Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Corporation of London Records Office.


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

For Corporation of London records relating to Corporation of London dealings with Parliament, see: COL/CA/PYA: Court of Aldermen Parliamentary Committee, COL/AD: Administration, COL/CC/CTC: Consolidated Committee, COL/CC/JTC: Joint Committee, COL/CC/LLC: Law Bills Committee, COL/CC/LGT: Local Government and Taxation Committee, COL/CC/LPC: Law, Parliamentary and City Courts Committee, COL/CC/MIN: Committees, COL/CC/PPC: Policy and Parliamentary Committee, COL/CC/PRC: Policy and Resources Committee, COL/CC/PYC: Court of Common Council Parliamentary Committee and COL/CC/SPC: Special Committee.

Publication note:

An Analytical Index to the Remembrancia, by WH and HC Overall, 1878.



Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: February 2009

Legislation | Law
Local government personnel | Personnel | People by occupation | People
Municipal government | Local government | Public administration | Government
Parliament | Internal politics

Personal names

Corporate names
Houses of Parliament
Remembrancer's Department | Corporation of London

City of London | London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe