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London Metropolitan Archives



Reference code(s): COL/AD

Held at: London Metropolitan Archives


Date(s): 1275-1998

Level of description: sub-fonds

Extent: 33 linear metres

Name of creator(s): Corporation of London


Administrative/Biographical history:

Administration, minute taking, correspondence and general record keeping were the responsibility of the Town Clerk. The office of Town Clerk can be traced back to 1274, when it was referred to as the office of Common Clerk.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Corporation of London relating to administration, 1275-1998, including letter books, 1275-1689 (please note that these records can only be consulted on microfilm); index to Repertories, Journals and letter books, 1416-1750; parchment letter rolls, 1350-1370; merchants' letter books, 1672-1674 and 1746-1749; various correspondence, 1604-1911; Ward Presentments (returns of inquests held in each ward), 1668-1998; City and private petitions to Parliament, 1721-1948; City and private petitions to the Throne, 1649-1865; Resolutions of Greetings from the Mayor on the occasion of visits from foreign dignitaries, 1882-1980; addresses to King Charles II, 1681-1689; addresses to the Throne, 1842-1864 and papers relating to Royal addresses, including letters of thanks, 1816-1981; documents relating to Corporation of London reform, 1834-1992, Corporation of London annual reports, 1981-1997; Corporation of London annual review, 1991-1998; Digest of Work, 1961-1980; information leaflets, cards and fact packs explaining the work of the Corporation, 1972-1993; newsletters including the 'Guildhall', 1965-1976, the 'City View', 1991-1998, 'The Leader' (staff paper), 1995-1998 and the 'European Newsletter' (European department newsletter), 1993-1996; reports of the City Research Project on economic matters, 1992-1995.

Also artifacts including the official grant of Corporation of London armorial bearings, 1957; a sound recording of Prime Minister Winston Churchill's Honorary City Freedom ceremony, 1943; a sound recording of General Dwight D Eisenhower's Honorary City Freedom ceremony, 1945; badge of a drover at the Metropolitan Cattle market, 19th century; badge of the City of London National Guard, 1914-1918; medal commemorating the visit of the Sultan of Turkey, 1867 and of the Shah of Persia, 1873; White Ensign from HMS LONDON, 1906; plate commemorating the 800th anniversary of the Mayoralty, 1989; and Royal seals of Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Charles I and Charles II, which have become detached from documents.


Language/scripts of material: English, Dutch, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese

System of arrangement:

In sections as follows: Letter Books, Rolls of Letters, Correspondence, Ward Presentments, Ward Presentments: General, Artifacts, Newsletters, Petitions and Addresses, Corporation of London Annual Reports, Information Leaflets, General, Corporation Reform.

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:

See COL/AC for calendars of the City Letter Books, COL/WD for papers relating to wards, COL/PL for maps showing ward boundaries, COL/RMD/PA for papers of the Remembrancers Department relating to Parliament, COL/SD for papers relating to the Royal family, COL/CC/FDC, COL/CC/FAC and COL/CHD/FR for papers relating to the Freedom of the City of London and COL/SP for addresses and thanks to the Mayor on the occasion of state visits.

Publication note:

Calendar of letters from the Mayor and Corporation of the City of London c. AD 1350-1370 by R R Sharpe (London, 1885).



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

Addresses (speeches) | Records and correspondence | Information sources
Administrative history | Administration | Organisation and management
Local government | Public administration | Government
Petitioning | Political activities | Politics | Political science
Royal family

Personal names

Corporate names
Corporation of London
Town Clerk | Corporation of London

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