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HERBERT, William (1772-1851)


Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/462

Held at: London Metropolitan Archives

Title: HERBERT, William (1772-1851)

Date(s): 1772-1845

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 21 production units.

Name of creator(s): Herbert | William | 1772-1851 | antiquary and librarian x William Herbert Wilderspin


Administrative/Biographical history:

William Herbert was the first librarian of Guildhall Library, 1828-45.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of William Herbert, comprising: topographical description of London, early 19th century; collections for a history of London monasteries, early 19th century; collections for histories of livery companies, c 1830; memoir of his life, c 1772-early 19th century; history of the Boar's Head Tavern in Eastcheap, early or mid 19th century; letters addressed to him, 1828-45; collection of antiquarian notes concerning the Priory and Church of St Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield, c 1838-1845; and memorandum relating to parish boundaries, 1830. They were catalogued at various dates by members of Guildhall Library staff.


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 only to holders of a History Card. Please see staff if you require a card.

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:

NOTE: Ms 236-9, being notes and documents relating to Hastings, have been transferred to East Sussex Record Office. For more information about William Herbert see COL/LBD/AD.

Publication note:

For a biography of William Herbert, see Donovan Dawe and E. W. Padwick, William Herbert (1772-1851): actor, antiquary and the first Librarian of Guildhall Library (1997). A copy is held by the Printed Books section of Guildhall Library.


Archivist's note:

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: Records prepared May to September 2011.

Historical research | History
Personal archives | Archives
Personal papers | Primary documents | Documents | Information sources
Religious buildings | Buildings | Architecture
Topography | Geomorphology
Trade guilds | Guilds | Associations | Organizations
Monasteries x Religious buildings
Information/library personnel

Personal names
Herbert | William | 1772-1851 | antiquary and librarian x William Herbert Wilderspin

Corporate names
Guildhall Library
Parish of St Bartholomew the Great | City of London | Church of England

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