Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/L/BH
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
Title: WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF BROWN BAKERS
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 5 production units
Name of creator(s): Worshipful Company of Brown Bakers
The makers of brown bread, known as brown bakers, were members of the Bakers' Company until they were granted their own charter, in 1621. They had been meeting in the basement of Founders' Hall, in Lothbury, since 1594 and only ended this arrangement in 1654, when it appears that they were being drawn back into the orbit of the Bakers' Company. This reunion was formally recognised in the charter of 1685.
Scope and content/abstract:
Records of the Worshipful Company of Brown Bakers, 1570-1646, including copies of charters; charter, ordinance and memorandum book; Court minute books; and Masters and Wardens' accounts; with inventories of plate, armour and napery.
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:
To assist the user the catalogue has been arranged in sections each with an archival classification code as follows:
CLC/L/BH/A Constitutional records
CLC/L/BH/B Court records
CLC/L/BH/D Financial records
Conditions governing access:
Available for general access.
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 Brown Bakers' Company were deposited in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library by the Bakers' Company in 1948. 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