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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): COL/SP
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1406-1998
Level of description: subfonds
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Extent: 3.9 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Corporation of London


Administrative/Biographical history:

Files relating to various places connected to the organisation and history of the Corporation of London, collected during the course of normal business and used for reference purposes.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers relating to the City of London, including plans, 1880-1949; article on "Life in the City in 1900", 1981; papers relating to the City Arts Trust, 1962-1964; correspondence regarding ward boundaries, 1957-1959; planning implications of the City's boundary changes, 1994; papers regarding the City and Guilds of London Institute, 1878-1989; articles, brochures, event programmes and certificates, 1952-1998 and papers and reports of the City Day Census, 1881-[1980]. Papers relating to Corporation of London property, including notices of auction, assessments of value and schedule of rentals, 1798-1934. Also records relating to the Guildhall, including histories, papers on the rebuilding of the Guildhall post Second World War, 1865-1997 and lists of preachers at the Guildhall Chapel, 1670-1717.

Papers relating to London, including surveys, plans, maps, drawings, fundraising appeals, letters, reports, photographs, articles, financial accounts, orders of the Court of Aldermen, graphs, brochures, posters, bills and orders for payment, Parliamentary proceedings, presentments of Leet Juries and solicitor's papers, 1449-1993, relating to various subjects including fairs and markets, individual properties, churches and parishes, synagogues, docks, improvement and construction works, trades, the Great Fire of London, the Fleet Ditch, bridges, the Monument, artisan's dwellings, the Silver Jubilee Walkway and the Tower of London.

Papers relating to Southwark, including papers relating to the Bailiff of Southwark, 1564-1844; papers relating to the Aldermen of the Ward of Bridge Without [Southwark], 1550-1957; copy charters relating to Southwark, 1406-[1680]; papers relating to the jurisdiction of the City of London in Southwark, 1462-1899; various petitions, reports, extracts, appointments, correspondence and indentures relating to Southwark, 1726-1845; official guide books to Southwark, [1940s-1965]; petitions to the Court of Aldermen, 1681-1755; papers relating to the Steward of Southwark, 1683-1836 and poor rate assessment, Southwark, 1777.

Papers relating to the United Kingdom including claim of Aldborough, Suffolk for exemption from the duties of Waterbailage Eastward, 1536-1537; copy of a letter from W. F. Bayley, Prebendary of Canterbury, to Sir William Curtis asking for the support of the Lord Mayor in relation to the restoration of Archbishop Sudbury's Tomb, 1828; guide book to Chirk Castle, Wrexham, home of the Middleton family, including Sir Thomas Middleton, Lord Mayor 1613-1614, 1992; map of a freehold farm situated at Eltisley, Cambridgeshire, belonging to the governors of St Thomas Hospital and the trustees of the Freemen's Orphan School, 1870; "Ironbridge and the City Guilds", an illustrated brochure prepared by the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust to raise funds from the City Livery Companies, including various illustrations of items from the Ironbridge area to be found in the City of London or with a City association, [1981]; documents presented at the Mayor's Court relating to the bargain or sale, in consideration of 900, of an annual rent of 6 quarters of wheat, Joshua and Ely. Bonhorne, late of Jersey to John Poingdestre of Jersey, 1675; report of proceedings before arbitration between the Rector of Liverpool and the Corporation of London under the 1864 Liverpool Improvement Act, 1868; papers relating to a suit at King's Bench between the Borough of Queen borough, Kent and Edward Skey relating to the oyster fisheries, 1826 and petition 'to the benevolent and humane British Public,' from the Freemen and Inhabitants of Queenborough, being Oyster Fishermen whose trade is ruined, [1820].

Papers relating to overseas matters, particularly addresses and thanks to the Mayor on the occasion of state visits, but also including letter from the Committee of the Association of New York to the Lord Mayor and Corporation of London, requesting their sympathy and protesting against the tax on tea, 5 May 1775; letter from the American Congress to the Lord Mayor and Livery of London, asking them to mediate in the War of Independence, read in Common Hall, 29 Sep 1775; scroll of friendship presented to the Mayor by the City of New York, 1947; greetings offered to Williamsburg and Richmond on the visit of Mayor Sir Cullum Welch, 1957; reply signed by Colonel Frank Borman, U.S.A.F., NASA Astronaut, to a telegram of congratulation sent by the Lord Mayor on the success of the Apollo VIII flight, 1969; article 'The City and American Independence' by Betty R. Masters in "City Festival" brochure, 1976; article 'The City and America 1776, The Story of the City of London's attempt to avoid the War of Independence', 1976?; notes on freedoms and entertainments connected with America, 1853-1945; article "Transatlantic Threads", paper concerning historical links between the City of London and America, by Alderman G.S. Inglefield, 1964; photograph album of New South Wales, presented to the Rt Hon the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of London by G H Reid Prime Minister of New South Wales as a souvenir of the visit of the Colonial Premiers to Great Britain, upon the occasion of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee, 22nd Jun 1897; album of photographs of The City of London Pavilion at Brussels Universal and International Exhibition, 1958; order, dated 19 Mar 1672/73, from Charles II, specifying the wording of the discharge or acquittance to be given by the Chamberlain on receipt of each of four sums of 8,500 from the City of Hamburg, the King by his commission of 12 Mar having authorised the Chamberlain to receive 35,000 payable to the King in equal portions in satisfaction for the burning of several ships by the Hollanders in the River Elke on 24 Aug 1666; warrants of the King's Commissioners to the Chamberlain to pay several merchants their proportions of the monies, 1673; reply by her Majesty The Queen of the Netherlands, signed "Juliana R.", to an Address of Welcome at a Court of Common Council, 22 Nov 1950; papers of the Special Committee and Deputation to the International Exhibition, Paris, 1855-1856; visit to the City of Prague by Col Sir Charles Cheers Wakefield, Acting Lord Mayor, and a Deputation of the Corporation of London, 1920 and deposition of Henry Ferebrance as to two indentures made between Thomas Freeman and George Freeman in relation to estates in Jamaica, 1674.

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:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Corporation of London Records Office

Allied Materials

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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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