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WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF LONGBOWSTRINGMAKERS

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/L/LB
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Full title: WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF LONGBOWSTRINGMAKERS
Date(s): 1416-1854
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 10 production units
Name of creator(s): Worshipful Company of Longbowstringmakers

Context

Administrative/Biographical history:

The Worshipful Company of Longbowstringmakers were recognised as a separate Guild in 1416. They were a Guild of Freemen, without Livery, and faded away in the 19th century.

Content

Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Worshipful Company of Longbowstringmakers. The records include registers of freedom admissions, 1559-1797 (incomplete), and of apprentice bindings, 1604-68; ordinances and oaths; Court minute books and financial accounts.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING ACCESS: These records are stored at the Guildhall Library site rather than the LMA Clerkenwell site. Researchers wishing to access these records should do so at the Guildhall Library Rare Books table. The Library is open Monday to Saturday, 9:30 to 16:45. Researchers will need to have an Archives History Card or a Library Readers Card. An archivist will be available at Guildhall Library on Thursday mornings to answer any queries.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English and Latin.

System of arrangement:

To assist the user the catalogue has been arranged in sections each with an archival classification code as follows: A Constitutional records; B Court records; C Membership records; D Financial records; F Clerk's records.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING ACCESS: These records are stored at the Guildhall Library site rather than the LMA Clerkenwell site. Researchers wishing to access these records should do so at the Guildhall Library Rare Books table. The Library is open Monday to Saturday, 9:30 to 16:45. Researchers will need to have an Archives History Card or a Library Readers Card. An archivist will be available at Guildhall Library on Thursday mornings to answer any queries. For further information please see LMA Research Guide "Consulting Archives at Guildhall Library", available at http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/Corporation/LGNL_Services/Leisure_and_culture/Records_and_archives/Visitor_information/free_information_leaflets.htm

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: Depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at: http://search.lma.gov.uk/opac_lma/index.htm

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The records of the Worshipful Company of Longbowstringmakers were deposited in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library in September 1984. The Manuscripts Section merged with London Metropolitan Archives in 2008. The records were catalogued by a member of Guildhall Library staff in 1984.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The whereabouts of any further records is not known.


Publication note:

For further information relating to Livery Companies, particularly using the company records for family history, please see Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section "Livery Company Membership Guide" and Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section "Leaflet Guides to Records: Searching for Members or those apprenticed to Members of City of London Livery Companies" (both available online).

For a general introduction to the history of the City of London Livery Companies please see entry in The London Encyclopaedia, ed Ben Weinreb and Christopher Hibbert.

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:
Oct-09

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