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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): ACC/2866
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1703-1946
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.16 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Noble | Theophilus Charles | 1840-1890 | antiquarian and author


Administrative/Biographical history:

Theophilus Charles Noble was born in London in 1840. He was an author and antiquarian, publishing works including The Lord Mayor of London: a sketch of the origin, history and antiquity of the office (1860); Memorials of Temple Bar (1870); A Ramble round the Crystal Palace (1875); A collection of papers relating to the management and mismanagement of the Public Record Office, London (1875); Biographical Notices of T Wood DD, sometime Bishop of Lichfield (1882); The Spanish Armada and the Public Records (1888) and A Brief History of the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers (1889). In 1869 he received two special votes of thanks from the Irish Society after his publication of letters helped to defeat a Bill before the House of Commons which aimed to remove some of the Irish estates from the City of London companies. Noble died in 1890. His manuscripts were auctioned: see Catalogue of the library and collections (printed and manuscript) of T.C. Noble... consisting mostly of works on topography, chiefly of London... sold by auction... (London: Puttick and Simpson, 1890). This is possibly when the Guildhall Library acquired the papers.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Theophilus Charles Noble, 1703-1946, relating to the history of Saint Thomas' Hospital, including manuscript entitled 'Memoirs of St Thomas's Hospital including Biographical Notices of its Chief Supporters; Some account of St Thomas's Church, and Historical Notices of Bartholomew, Christ, Bethlem, Bridewell, Guy's and the Savoy Hospitals', and papers of the Saint Thomas' Hospital treasurer collected by Noble in the course of his research, including insurance policies, legal case notes, reports, financial accounts, certificates and orders.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

In 2 sections: treasurer's papers and Noble's notes and manuscript.

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:

These documents, formerly part of MS 3502, were purchased in the late nineteenth century by the Guildhall Library from Theophilus Charles Noble, antiquary, of 79 Great Dover Street, Southwark. The records were probably purchased by Mr Noble from James Coleman, bookseller, of High Street, Bloomsbury. Noble's notes include extracts from James Coleman's catalogues relating to other items from the archives of the hospital dating from 1519 to 1761, which were offered for sale.

Allied Materials

Related material:

See H01 for records relating to Saint Thomas' Hospital.

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:
January 2009

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