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London Metropolitan Archives



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

Held at: London Metropolitan Archives


Date(s): 1832-1955

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 46 production units.

Name of creator(s): Tower 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.

Tower Ward is situated with Aldgate Ward at the eastern most side of the City. The ward contained three City parish churches: All Hallows Barking, St Olave Hart Street and St Dunstan in the East.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Tower Ward, Corporation of London. The records comprise minutes and accounts, rate assessments, wardmote papers and other administrative and legal papers, and papers of the benevolent fund. The records 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 are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 1998.

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:

The LMA has also received records of Tower Ward Charity Schools (CLC/227).

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 380-2. Other works available in the Printed Books Section of Guildhall Library and which may be 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.

Benevolent societies | Societies | Associations | Organizations
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
Tower Ward | Corporation of London

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