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London Metropolitan Archives



Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/163

Held at: London Metropolitan Archives


Date(s): 1615-1998

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 10 production units.

Name of creator(s): School Board for London
Marlborough Street Workhouse
Southwark Poor Law Union x Southwark Board of Guardians x Saint Saviour's Poor Law Union x Saint Saviour's Board of Guardians
Whitechapel Poor Law Union x Whitechapel Board of Guardians


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Rolls Liberty constituted the Middlesex part of the parish of Saint Dunstan in the West (P69/DUN2), situated around Chancery Lane. A chapel is first recorded here in 1232, known as the Rolls Chapel from 1377. It was constituted as a separate ecclesiastical parish, known as Saint Thomas in the Liberty of the Rolls, in 1842; and as a civil parish, in 1866. The chapel became part of the Public Record Office building, now the library of King's College London. The chapel survives and includes some monuments.

Saint Martin's le Grand was a monastery and college, founded in 1068. The monks were granted the right to hold their own court by Henry II. The monastery was supressed in 1540. Nothing remains of the building.

Saint Saviour's Poor Law Union was formed in February, 1836. Its constituent parishes were Saint Saviour's and Christchurch, both in Southwark. Saint Saviour's Workhouse was situated on Marlborough Street.

The School Board for London was set up under the Public Elementary Education Act of 1870 for the whole of the 'metropolis', the latter being defined as the area coming within the jurisdiction of the Metropolitan Board of Works. The School Board was closed in 1903 and its powers passed to the London County Council.


Scope and content/abstract:

Collection of documents relating to local government, including:

- Court book of the Liberty of St Martin le Grand;
- Papers of Saint Saviour's Workhouse and the Whitechapel Union;
- Resolution of thanks from the London School Board to the Corporation of London;
- Tax assessments for the civil parish of Staple Inn and the Liberty of the Rolls;
- Papers relating to the repair of roads in the parish of Saint Margaret Westminster;
- Papers of the Tower Hamlets Libraries Department.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Documents in chronological order.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section, which merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.


Related material:

Liberty of the Rolls: P69/TMS2;
Saint Saviour's Workhouse: SOBG;
Whitechapel Union: STBG/WH;
London School Board: SBL.
Records of Saint Margaret Westminster are held at Westminster Archives Centre.

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.

Court records | Records (documents) | Records and correspondence | Information sources
Library catalogues | Catalogues | Secondary documents
Poor Law union | Local government | Public administration | Government
Road maintenance | Maintenance | Engineering
Tax assessment | Taxation | Fiscal policy | Finance
Workhouses | Buildings | Architecture

Personal names

Corporate names
Marlborough Street Workhouse
School Board for London
Southwark Poor Law Union x Southwark Board of Guardians x Saint Saviour's Poor Law Union x Saint Saviour's Board of Guardians
Whitechapel Poor Law Union x Whitechapel Board of Guardians

City of Westminster | London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe
Southwark (district) | Southwark | London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe
Whitechapel | Tower Hamlets | London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe