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London Metropolitan Archives



Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/W/JA

Held at: London Metropolitan Archives


Date(s): 1628-1914

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 36 production units.

Name of creator(s): Farringdon Within Ward | Corporation of London


Administrative/Biographical history:

The City of London was divided into wards for the purpose of government as early as Norman times. The wards had responsibility to keep the peace, supervise trade and oversee sanitation, and each ward has the right to elect an Alderman and Commoners to sit in the Court of Common Council.

One of the twenty-six wards of the City of London, bounded on the north by Farringdon Without and Aldersgate Without wards, on the east by Aldersgate Ward Within, Cripplegate Ward and Bread Street Ward, south by Castle Baynard Ward and the Thames, and west by Farringdon Ward Without. The ward contained six City parish churches: St Ewin, St Nicholas Shambles, St Ann Blackfriars, St Martin Ludgate, St Augustine Watling Street and St Matthew Friday Street.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Farringdon Within Ward, Corporation of London. The records comprise wardmote minutes and accounts, tax and rate assessments, inhabitants lists and details of ward officers. They were catalogued by members of Guildhall Library staff at various dates.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

The records have been sorted into an order which reflects divisions between the different functions and operations of the organisation and its administration.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information may be subject to access restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The archives of the ward have been deposited with the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library at various dates. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.


Related material:

See also the records of Farringdon Within Ward Schools (CLC/222); and also Farringdon Ward Without which separated from a single ward of Farringdon in 1393/4 (CLC/W/JB).

Publication note:

There is a short printed history of the ward in J.C. Thornley's The Wards of the City of London, being a series of articles reprinted from the "Architect" (1919-20) pp 71-3 and 108-10. Other works available in the Printed Books Section of Guildhall Library and which useful include William Chancellor, Account of the several wards, precincts, and parishes in the City of London (1787) and A.B. Beaven, Aldermen of the City of London temp. Henry III-1912 (1908-13, 2 vols).

DESCRIPTION NOTES 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: August to October 2010.

Community charge | Taxation | Fiscal policy | Finance
Local government archives | Government archives | Archives
Local government personnel | Personnel | People by occupation | People
Local government wards | Local government | Public administration | Government
Local taxation | Taxation | Fiscal policy | Finance

Personal names

Corporate names
Farringdon Within Ward | Corporation of London

Farringdon | City of London | London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe