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London Metropolitan Archives



Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/107-01

Held at: London Metropolitan Archives


Date(s): 1821-1959

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 115 production units.

Name of creator(s): Guardian Fire and Life Assurance Co x Guardian Assurance Co Ltd


Administrative/Biographical history:

This company was established as Guardian Fire and Life Assurance Company in 1821 and renamed as Guardian Assurance in 1902. It was founded by a group of private bankers for UK and overseas fire and life insurance and expanded into employers' liability from 1897.

During the 19th century the company's address was 11 Lombard Street, but it moved to 68 King William Street in 1922.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Guardian Fire and Life Assurance Company, later known as the Guardian Assurance Company Limited; comprising minute books, reports on potential business overseas, correspondence, shareholders' ledgers and financial accounts.

24 hours notice is required for access to Mss 16209-10 and 18093-111. Access to Ms 16209/1-34 is also subject to special conditions: please consult staff for information.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Records arranged by MS number, assigned during cataloguing at the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section.

Conditions governing access:

Access by appointment only. Please contact staff.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

In 1968 it became a subsidiary of Guardian Royal Exchange Assurance and this company deposited the minute books of Guardian Assurance in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library in 1971 (Mss 14281-2). Further deposits were made in February 1975 (Mss 16209-10), February 1978 (Mss 18093-111) and September 1994 (Ms 14281/37-40).


Related material:

Other sub-fonds in this collection comprise:
CLC/B/107-02: Royal Exchange Assurance;
CLC/B/107-03: Albion Fire Insurance Company Limited;
CLC/B/107-04: Atlas Assurance Company Limited;
CLC/B/107-05: British Equitable Assurance Company Limited;
CLC/B/107-06: Caledonian Insurance Company;
CLC/B/107-07: Car and General Insurance Corporation Limited;
CLC/B/107-08: Car Services Limited;
CLC/B/107-09: Essex and Suffolk Insurance Company Limited;
CLC/B/107-11: Licenses and General Insurance Company Limited;
CLC/B/107-12: Liverpool and London Plate Glass Insurance Company;
CLC/B/107-13: Local Government Guarantee Society;
CLC/B/107-14: London and Manchester Plate Glass Insurance Company;
CLC/B/107-15: Manchester Assurance Company Limited;
CLC/B/107-16: Motor Union Insurance Company Limited;
CLC/B/107-17: National Provincial Insurance Company Limited;
CLC/B/107-18: Pilot Insurance Corporation Limited;
CLC/B/107-19: Reliance Marine Insurance Company;
CLC/B/107-20: State Assurance Company Limited;
CLC/B/107-21: United British Insurance Company Limited;
CLC/B/107-22: Westminster and General Insurance Company Limited;
CLC/B/107-23: Essex and Suffolk Accident Indemnity Society.

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: November 2010 to January 2011.

Business records | Documents | Information sources
Fire insurance | Insurance | Finance
Insurance records | Documents | Information sources
Insurance services | Financial service industries | Service industries
Life insurance | Insurance | Finance

Personal names

Corporate names
Guardian Fire and Life Assurance Co x Guardian Assurance Co Ltd

UK | Western Europe | Europe