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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 O/534
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1864-1875
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.01 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Bowkett Benefit Building Society


Administrative/Biographical history:

The first benefit society in England was established in 1775. Initially unrecognised by English law, benefit societies were co-operative savings clubs that facilitated their members buying houses. The Regulation of Benefit Building Societies Act was passed by Parliament in 1836, granting official recognition to these societies for the first time. By 1860 there were over 27,500 building societies around the country.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Bowkett Benefit Building Society, 1864-1875, consisting of declaration by Secretary as to trustees and a mortgage of 89 Grove Road, Upper Islington.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Two documents

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information may be subject to access restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Donated to the Archive in 1957 (AC/57/031)

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:
July to October 2009

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