Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/057
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
Title: CORPS OF RIVER FENCIBLES OF THE CITY OF LONDON
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 3 production units.
Name of creator(s): Corps of River Fencibles of the City of London | volunteer force
Thames watermen and other groups of river tradesmen had voluntarily formed associations of River Fencibles in 1798, the same year that the Corps of Sea Fencibles was established as a coastal home guard. The River Fencibles were officially established in 1803, and by 1804 had uniformed commissioned officers. Members of the London Corps in small boats escorted the barge carrying the body of Nelson along the Thames during his state funeral in 1806. The force was disbanded in 1813.
Scope and content/abstract:
Records of the Corps of River Fencibles of the City of London comprise: a book of subscriptions, 1808 (Ms 6386A); copy muster roll, 1803-7 (Ms 6434); and account of subscriptions to a fund,1809-10 (Ms 6434A). They were catalogued by Guildhall Library staff in 1951. It is not known whether any other records of this Corps have survived.
ACCESS AND USE
Language/scripts of material: English
System of arrangement:
Three items in chronological order.
Conditions governing access:
Available for general access.
Conditions governing reproduction:
Copyright to these records rests with the depositor.
Please see online catalogues at: http://search.lma.gov.uk/opac_lma/index.htm
Immediate source of acquisition:
The records of the Corps of River Fencibles were deposited by the Company of Watermen and Lightermen in the 1950s at Guildhall Library, which merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.
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: June to August 2010.