Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/L/FB
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
Title: WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF FARRIERS
Date(s): 1400? - 2000
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 84 production units
Name of creator(s): Worshipful Company of Farriers
The Company originates from a medieval guild of farriers, but did not receive a charter until 1673/4. Farriers were responsible for the shoeing of horses and also for the early practice of equine veterinary medicine. The Company may have had a Hall in Aldersgate Street, in the 17th century.
Scope and content/abstract:
Records of the Worshipful Company of Farriers. The records have been compiled from the 15th century, but they include copies of documents dating from 1356. The archive includes freemen lists from 1709, registers of freedom admissions from 1755 and of apprentice bindings from 1619; as well as charter and memorandum books; Court minute books; financial accounts; inventories and papers relating to the charitable trust.
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:
As the archive is large and complex, and to assist the user, the catalogue has been arranged in sections each with an archival classification code as follows:
CLC/L/FB/A Constitutional records,
CLC/L/FB/B Court records,
CLC/L/FB/C Membership records,
CLC/L/FB/D Financial records,
CLC/L/FB/F Clerk's records,
CLC/L/FB/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 archive of the Farriers' Company has been deposited in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library at various dates since 1949. The Manuscripts Section merged with London Metropolitan Archives in 2008. The records have been catalogued by various members of staff over many years.
See The farrier and his craft: the history of the Worshipful Company of Farriers by Leslie B. Prince, 1908, Guildhall Library Closed Access SL 37:F: 246; LMA Library Pamphlet 35.31/(FAR).
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