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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/2011
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1863-1895
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.01 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Davis, Foster and Finlay | solicitors


Administrative/Biographical history:

John Romilly, first Baron Romilly (1802-1874), judge and politician, was born in London on 10 January 1802. On 28 March 1851, following the death of Lord Langdale, he was appointed master of the rolls, and was sworn of the privy council the following month. In addition to his judicial role, the master of the rolls had important statutory duties in the care of the public records. Romilly continued Langdale's work conscientiously, his most notable contributions being to secure the enlargement of the Public Record Office in Chancery Lane, the absorption of the State Paper Office, permitting access to the records without payment for scholars, and promoting the rolls series and other publications.

Source: A. Hamilton, 'Romilly, John, first Baron Romilly (1802-1874)', rev. Patrick Polden, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers collected by the solicitors in the course of their work, comprising admission of John Durham, junior of 10 Great James Street, Bedford Row, as solicitor in court of Chancery, 8 May 1863, signed by John Romilly, Master of the Rolls; admission of John Durham as solicitor in Court of Queen's Bench, 8 May 1863. Also leases for 108 Stroud Green Road (formerly called Osborne House), Hornsey, 1887 and 1895.

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Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright rests with the depositor.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received in 1984.

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Description Notes

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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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