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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): COL/CA/MIN
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1705-1865
Level of description: subfonds
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Extent: 0.1 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Corporation of London


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Aldermen were responsible for the administration of Wards, and were elected by their Ward. The position of Alderman was held for life. In the 12th and 13th centuries the Wards in the City of London are still mainly identified by the name of their Alderman although the first full list of Wards under permanent names such as Dowgate or Cornhill is dated 1285. The roots of municipal government in the City of London are thus found in the activities of the Aldermen in their Wards which in the medieval period provided such public services as existed. Working individually, or in co-operation, the power of the Aldermen grew as the corporate unity of the City of London developed and they exercised both administrative and judicial functions in what became the Court of Aldermen.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of various temporary committees of the Court of Aldermen, 1705-1865, including minutes of all the Aldermanic committees, particularly Gaol, with other subjects such as Cattle, Saltmeters, Watermen, petition of Drysalters against Brokers, Ganger and Riots, 1790-1794 and 1808-1815; papers of the Assize of Bread Committee, 1795; papers of the committee to enquire into the complaints touching several extensive fees demanded and received in the outer Chamber, at the binding of Apprentices and in making free, 1705-1706; minutes of Committee to consider of the duty and nature of the office of Chamberlain, 1727; papers of the Committee on the Chamberlain's income, 1843; papers of Committee of Aldermen on convicts, 1786-1787; minutes of the Committee of Aldermen to prepare a petition to the House of Commons to stop exportation of corn, 1765; minutes of Committees regarding the election of Aldermen, 1710 and 1769; minutes of Committee to consider the conduct of Marshalmen, 1798; papers of a Committee of Aldermen to take into consideration the state of the unclaimed dividend of the orphans fund, 1802; minutes of Committee regarding Oyster grounds, 1775; minutes of a Committee to provide plate for use of Lord Mayor, 1770-1771; report and papers of a Committee appointed to consider necessary repairs and additions to the Mansion House plate, 1842; proceedings of the Shipwrights Petition Committee, 1782; minutes of a Committee to examine Wardmote Presentments, Jan 1738/39 - May 1739, with summary of Wardmote Presentments to be examined, 1738-1741; letters and regulations regarding street traffic, 1851-1865.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

In sections according to catalogue.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: City of London.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Corporation of London Records Office.

Allied Materials

Related material:

For apprentices see COL/CHD/AP, for papers regarding the Chamberlain see COL/CHD/CP, for other petitions to Parliament see COL/AD, for more Ward Presentments see COL/AD and COL/WD, for papers relating to the Orphan's Fund see CLA/002 and COL.CHD/OA, for inventories of the Lord Mayor's plate see COL/SJ and COL/MH/MSH and for papers on streets see COL/CC/STS and COL/TSD/EG.

Publication note:

Description Notes

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:
February 2009

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