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London Metropolitan Archives



Reference code(s): GB 0074 LMA/4721

Held at: London Metropolitan Archives


Date(s): 1856

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 0.08 linear metres

Name of creator(s): John Swan | b [1834] | editor of 'Our Magazine'


Administrative/Biographical history:

John Swan (born circa 1834, Westminster) lived at The Peacock Public House, 41 Minories, City of London. He was editor of 'Our Magazine' which was produced for 'private circulation' on the 1st and 15th of each month during 1856.

The first part issued on 1 March 1856 states that 'Our Magazine' replaced 'a small weekly periodical, which we named the "Peacockian Times", which was entirely devoted to fun, and carried on solely by ourselves; this has given rise to the idea of bringing out a magazine of sufficient size for all our kind friends to contribute to'.

John Swan's father William Swan (born circa 1807, Shoreditch) was the publican at The Peacock by 1839 until 1856-1857 when William North took over. On the 1851 Census William Swan is shown as married to Emily Jane (born circa 1810, Southwark) with their sons John and Edward Adam Swan (born circa 1849-1850) and three servants.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of John Swan consisting of ten issues of 'Our Magazine', privately circulated manuscript magazine edited by Swan.

The magazine contains: stories in chapters continued with each new issue including 'Sir John Willows of Hawthornbush', histories including 'Old London, what is was and what remains of it' by Mr Warrington), descriptions of trips made to places outside London, notes on foreign produce and trades including watchmaking, advice on aspects of life such 'the duties of ladies' during Leap Year, 'Q.E.D.' [quod erat demonstrandum] questions and answers, poetry, chess club results, humorous fictitious advertisements and literary notices.


Language/scripts of material: English.

System of arrangement:

Ten items.

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 rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Donated in 2017.


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: Added May 2017.

Editing | Publishing | Publishing industry
Editors | Communication personnel | Personnel | People by occupation | People
Periodicals | Publications | Communications media | Information sciences

Personal names
John Swan | b [1834] | editor of 'Our Magazine'

Corporate names

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