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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): COL/CA/PYA
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1856
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.

The Parliamentary Committee of the Court of Aldermen was formed to oppose the 'Bill for the better regulation of the Corporation', which was brought before Parliament by Sir George Grey, Home Secretary, in April 1856. The Bill was based on the report of the 1853 Commission to examine the existing state of the Corporation of London in light of the Municipal Corporations Act and the Municipal Reform Act. It called for the reform of the Corporation constitution and administration, the abolition of customs which were injurious to trade and industry, and the removal of some anomalous powers still held by the Corporation.


Scope and content/abstract:

Minute book of the Parliamentary Committtee, Court of Aldermen, 1856.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

1 volume.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: City of London.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Corporation of London Records Office.

Allied Materials

Related material:

For Corporation of London records relating to Corporation of London dealings with Parliament, see: COL/CA/PYA: Court of Aldermen Parliamentary Committee, COL/AD: Administration, COL/CC/CTC: Consolidated Committee, COL/CC/JTC: Joint Committee, COL/CC/LGT: Local Government and Taxation Committee, COL/CC/LPC: Law, Parliamentary and City Courts Committee, COL/CC/MIN: Committees, COL/CC/PPC: Policy and Parliamentary Committee, COL/CC/PRC: Policy and Resources Committee, COL/CC/PYC: Court of Common Council Parliamentary Committee, COL/CC/SPC: Special Committee and COL/RMD/PA: Remembrancer's Department: Parliamentary.

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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