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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): COL/CCS/PL
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1592-1928
Level of description: subfonds
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Extent: 2.8 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Corporation of London


Administrative/Biographical history:

The first City Solicitor was appointed in 1544 and the first Comptroller in 1311. The two posts were amalgamated in 1945.

The Comptroller and City Solicitor is responsible for providing all legal services required by the City. This includes providing legal advice to Committees, Departments of the City, to the Commissioner of Police for the City, and to other organisations for whom the Comptroller and City Solicitor is required to act as legal adviser. The office deals with important high profile matters such as City Academies, the Temple Bar project, several major City property developments schemes, the Small and Medium Enterprises initiatives and issues relating to the City's Markets and Open Spaces.

The main areas of law covered by the Comptroller and City Solicitor include commercial property and land law, housing, litigation, employment law, contract law, planning, trusts and company law.


Scope and content/abstract:

Plans of land and property owned by Bridge House estates, 1592-1889, including site or street plans of Avondale Square; Maidenhead Court; Wrestler's Court; White Street, Bermondsey; Webber Street, Southwark; the widening of Upper Thames Street, Tooley Street, Pottery Fields, The Maze, Little Eastcheap, Fish Hill Street; improvements at Temple Bar; a new street at Tottenham Court Road; a burial ground at St Michael, Crooked Lane; Bankside, Southwark, including the Globe Theatre; Wild Marsh, Stratford; Rock Hill and West Hill, Sydenham; St George's Fields, Southwark; Kent Street Road; Finsbury Circus; Great Suffolk Street and Belvidere Row, Bridewell, Surrey. Also drawings, elevations and plans of buildings including premises in Swan Street, Thames Street, Sun Alley, Rood Lane, Fenchurch Street, Paternoster Row, Philpot Lane, Old Change, King William Street, Lewisham High Street, Crucifix Lane, Dirty Lane, Friday Street, Five Foot Lane, Cheapside, Bermondsey Street, Arthur Street and Blackman Street; the Castle Alehouse and other properties, Watling Street; vaults and premises on Water Lane; the Watch House and other premises on Tooley Street; premises near St Paul's Churchyard; the Freemason's School and other premises, St George's Fields, Southwark; premises near King's Bench Prison and Marshalsea Prison; Borough Compter and surrounding premises; a stable on Old Kent Road; Sherwood's Dye House and other premises, Battle Mill Lane; demolished properties on Montague Close, Southwark; The Crown Public House, shops and other premises, Newgate Street; wharves and warehouses, Malt's Wharf; shipyards, wharves and docks, Deptford; designs for Legal Quays, St Catherine's Docks, the Southwark river frontage, West India docks and Cotton's Wharf, Southwark; Bridge House Court, Gracechurch Street; designs for warehouses and almshouses; plans and designs for Bridge House, the administrative headquarters of the old London Bridge; Mr Toulmin's Soap Manufactory, Bridewell, Surrey; stairs at Pepper Alley. Also signed contract drawings for Tower Bridge; designs for St Michael's Bridge, Stratford; survey of watercourses and designs for bridge at Battle Mill Stream; plan of the river Lea from Hertford to the Thames; designs for the reconstruction of Southwark Bridge; designs and plans of the bridge, approach roads, chapel, gate and houses, London Bridge; plans for the Chatham and Dover Railway Bridge over the Thames; designs for footpaths, tramways, railways, approaches and the Fleet Sewer, Blackfriars Bridge, and designs for the Croydon and Rotherhithe Canal and the Grand Surrey Canal.

Plans of land and property owned by the City Lands estates, 1641-1928, including site or street plans of All Hallows church, London Wall; Pickaye Street, Barbican; Bevis Marks near St Mary Axe; Chatham Place; Coleman Street; the Conduit Mead and Finsbury Estates; Earl Street, Blackfriars; Fenchurch Street; Holborn Valley improvements; Leadenhall Street; the Minories; Old Change; St Paul's Churchyard; Shoemaker Row; Temple Bar; Thames Street; Tottenham Court Road; Whitecross Street; plans for the widening of Billiter Lane, Wormwood Street, Bow Lane, Bread Street, Brick Hill Lane, Camomile Street, Cheapside; Snow Lane, Dowgate Hill, Eastcheap, Jewin Street, Mark Lane; Old Jewry; Poultry, Seething Lane; Snow Hill; Tower Street; Walbrook; Watling Street, Wormwood Street. Also drawings, elevations and plans of buildings including premises in Mitre Court and Adams Court, Duke's Place; Aldermanbury; Aldgate High Street; Bangor Court, Shoe Lane; Lothbury; Bell Court, Old Bethlem; Cheapside; Bishopsgate Street; New Broad Street; Budge Row, Castle Street; Cateaton Street; Chancery Lane; Crown Court, Moorfields; Crutched Friars; Dolphin Court, Blackfriars; Duke's Place; Grub Street; City Road, Old Street; Rotten Row; Windmill Hill; Fish Street Hill; Fleet Street; Giltspur Street; Gracechurch Street; Holborn Bridge; Houndsditch; Isle of Dogs; Jewry Street; Lambeth Hill; Ludgate Hill; Moorfields; Moorgate; New Bridge Street; New Broad Street; New Court, St Swithun's Lane; Ratcliffe; St Dunstan's Hill; St Mary Axe; St Swithun's Lane; Shoe Lane; Stonecutters Street; Watling Street; plans of houses to be demolished in Bartholomew Lane; Bethlem Hospital in Moorgate, with adjoining premises and burial ground; plans of Blackwell Hall; plan of the Boar's Head Tavern, Smithfield Barrs; plan of the house of the Keeper, Bunhill Fields Burial Ground; designs for extension, East India House; plan of Hudson's Bay Company premises; plan of the Gresham Almshouses; plan of Guildhall and offices; Watch House and other premises, Old London Wall; designs and plans for Mansion House; plans, designs and elevations for Leadenhall Market, Stocks Market, Honey Lane Market, Fleet Market, Farringdon Market, Smithfield Market, Queenhithe Market, Newgate Market and Street Lane Market; 'a method to fix the ground in Moorfields at a mean depth', Old Bethlem; designs for timber stairs at Old Swan Stairs, near London Bridge; designs for renovations, Paul's Stairs, Vauxhall Stairs, Three Crane Stairs and Stew Lane Stairs; designs and plans, Giltspur Street Compter, Poultry Compter, Newgate Prison, Ludgate Prison, Wood Street Compter; new burial ground at St Andrew's Holborn; plan of Blackwall Wharf; design for Blackfriars Wharf; plan of Broken Wharf; design for rebuilding Custom House Quay; design for Corn Office, Black Swan Court, Tower Street; plans of Artillery Ground, Finsbury; plan of Puddle Dock, Sabbs Dock and Queenhithe Docks; designs for embankments and towpaths along the River Thames; plans for Whitefriars Dock; plan of wharf and approaches, Blackfriars Bridge; plan for repairing London Bridge; plans of Westminster Bridge and section of the Isle of Dogs Canal.

Many of the plans include the names of tenants or owners of the buildings or lands.

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 Corporation of London records relating to Bridge House and City Lands Estates see: CLA/007: Bridge House Estates, CLA/008: City Lands Estates, COL/CC/BHC: Court of Common Council Bridge House Committee, COL/CC/BHT: Court of Common Council Bridge House Trust Committee, COL/CC/CLBH: Court of Common Council City Lands and Bridge House Estate Committee, COL/CC/CLC: Court of Common Council City Lands Committee, COL/CC/JTB: Court of Common Council Joint Bridge House Estates and Improvement Committee, COL/CC/JTS: Joint Bridge House and Special Committee, COL/CC/JTT: Joint Bridge House Estates and Thames Navigation and Port of London Committee, COL/CHD/BH: Chamberlain's Department: Bridge House Estates, COL/CHD/IM: Chamberlain's Department: Improvements, COL/CHD/RN: Chamberlain's Department: Rents and Rentals, COL/PL: Plans, COL/PLD/PL: Planning Department Plans, COL/SVD/PL: Surveyor's Department Plans, COL/TSD/PL: Technical Services Department Plans.

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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