Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/L/BC
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
Title: WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF BASKETMAKERS OF THE CITY OF LONDON
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 48 production units
Name of creator(s): Worshipful Company of Basketmakers
The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers of the City of London was constituted by the Court of Aldermen in 1569 to regulate and control basketmaking in the City of London, although there are earlier references to the craft. A grant of a livery of thirty was obtained in 1825, and a Royal Charter was granted by King George VI in 1937.
Scope and content/abstract:
Records of the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers, compiled from 1618, but they including copies of earlier material dating from 1463. Records include ordinance book; financial accounts; Court minutes; quarterage books; registers of apprentices; registers of freedom admissions and lists of members.
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
System of arrangement:
The catalogue has been arranged in sections each with an archival classification number 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 records of the Company were deposited in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library in 1928, 1951 and 1991. The Manuscripts Section merged with London Metropolitan Archives in 2008. The records have been catalogued by various members of staff over many years.
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