Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/L/JA
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
Title: WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF JOINERS AND CEILERS
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 360 production units
Name of creator(s): Worshipful Company of Joiners and Ceilers
The company received its charter of incorporation in 1571, but appears to have been in existence from at least the 14th century as the Guild of St James Garlickhithe. Other than title deeds, however, no records of the guild or company survive before the charter of incorporation in 1571. Joiners make wooden glued joints; while ceilers are wood carvers. The modern Company supports the Building Crafts Training School.
Scope and content/abstract:
Records of the Worshipful Company of Joiners and Ceilers. The records have been compiled between 1571 and 1997, but they include deeds from 1497, and a list of the livery 1537-ca. 1902, compiled in ca. 1902. They also include registers of freedom admissions from 1651 and of apprentice bindings from 1641, and papers relating to the Irish estates, 1832-1910.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING ACCESS: These records are stored at the Guildhall Library site rather than the LMA Clerkenwell site. Researchers wishing to access these records should do so at the Guildhall Library Rare Books table. The Library is open Monday to Saturday, 9:30 to 16:45. Researchers will need to have an Archives History Card or a Library Readers Card. An archivist will be available at Guildhall Library on Thursday mornings to answer any queries.
ACCESS AND USE
Language/scripts of material: English and Latin.
System of arrangement:
The archive has been arranged in sections each with an archival classification code as follows: A Constitutional records; B Court records; C Membership records; D Financial records; E Trade records; F Clerk's records; G Charities and estates.
Conditions governing access:
These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 1998.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING ACCESS: These records are stored at the Guildhall Library site rather than the LMA Clerkenwell site. Researchers wishing to access these records should do so at the Guildhall Library Rare Books table. The Library is open Monday to Saturday, 9:30 to 16:45. Researchers will need to have an Archives History Card or a Library Readers Card. An archivist will be available at Guildhall Library on Thursday mornings to answer any queries. For further information please see LMA Research Guide "Consulting Archives at Guildhall Library", available at http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/Corporation/LGNL_Services/Leisure_and_culture/Records_and_archives/Visitor_information/free_information_leaflets.htm
Conditions governing reproduction:
Please see online catalogues at: http://search.lma.gov.uk/opac_lma/index.htm
Immediate source of acquisition:
The company's archives have been deposited with the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library at various dates since 1953. The Manuscripts Section merged with London Metropolitan Archives in 2008. The records have been catalogued by various members of staff over many years.
A history of the company by Henry Laverock Phillips, published in 1915, is available in the Printed Books Section of Guildhall Library. A "Breeches" Bible, belonging to the company, has also been deposited with the Printed Books Section.
For further information relating to Livery Companies, particularly using the company records for family history, please see Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section "Livery Company Membership Guide" and Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section "Leaflet Guides to Records: Searching for Members or those apprenticed to Members of City of London Livery Companies" (both available online).
For a general introduction to the history of the City of London Livery Companies please see entry in The London Encyclopaedia, ed Ben Weinreb and Christopher Hibbert.
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: Oct-09