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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/0038
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1785-1824
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.01 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Kew Bridge Tontine


Administrative/Biographical history:

A 'tontine' was a financial scheme by which the subscribers to a loan or common fund each received an annuity during his life, which increased as the subscribers passed away, until the last survivor enjoyed the whole income. The word is also applied to the share or right of each subscriber. Such schemes were introduced first in France as a method of raising government loans. Afterwards tontines were formed for building houses, hotels, baths, bridges and so on.

Kew Bridge was first built in 1758-1759 by John Barnard. It had seven timber arches. This was replaced by a stone bridge in 1784-1789. The present bridge was constructed in 1903, designed by John Wolfe Barry. The bridge crosses the Thames River between Kew and Chiswick.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers relating to the Kew Bridge tontine, 1785-1824, including details of the tontine scheme; notice of auction of shares in the tontine; correspondence and papers relating to shareholders.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Nine items arranged chronologically.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received in 1935 (Acc/0038).

Allied Materials

Related material:

For more records relating to Kew Bridge, see ACC/2103; CLA/018; GLC/DG/PRB; GLC/TD/PM; MA/B; MCC/CL/JC and SC/PHL/02.

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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