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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/3134
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1781-1975
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 7.6 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Collyer Bristow and Company | solicitors


Administrative/Biographical history:

The firm of Collyer Bristow and Company, solicitors of 4 Bedford Row, London WC1R 4DF, has been in existence, albeit under different names, since the late 18th Century. The earliest document in this collection dates from 1781, when the partners were Dyneley, Bell and Dyneley.

In the mid-19th Century a member of the Collyer Bristow family joined the company, at which time it was known as Coverdale, Lee and Collyer Bristow. Between 1876 and 1922 a succession of partners passed through the firm, it became first Collyer Bristow, Withers and Russell, then Collyer Bristow, Hill, Curtis and Dodds and Collyer Bristow, Curtis, Booth , Birks and Langley, before setting on Collyer Bristow and Company in 1922.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Collyer Bristow and Company, solicitors, 1781-1975. The catalogue has been divided into three sections. The first consists of records dealing with the administration of the company, and includes day books and clerks' time books; the second section deals with the financial records of the firm.

The third, and largest, section is concerned with clients' administration. Records in this section include lists of clients' papers held or returned by the firm, and registers recording probate, insurance, property transactions and periodical payments made to a third party on behalf of the client.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

ACC/3134/001-015: Office Administration; ACC/3134/016-080: Office Finance; ACC/3134/081-154: Client Administration

Conditions governing access:

Apply to Collyer Bristow for permission to publish material.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in 1993 (ACC/3134; ACC/3161).

Allied Materials

Related material:

Further material relating to the firm can be found in B/COL, and the records of John Coverdale, a senior partner in the 19th century, have been catalogued as ACC/2609. See also ACC/3188 and ACC/3192 for various other deeds and papers from Collyer Bristow.

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:
July to October 2009

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