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WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF TALLOW CHANDLERS

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/L/TC
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Full title: WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF TALLOW CHANDLERS
Date(s): 1519-1952
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 130 production units
Name of creator(s): Worshipful Company of Tallow Chandlers

Context

Administrative/Biographical history:

There is a reference to an organisation of candle makers in 1300, but the Tallow Chandlers' Company's charters date from 1462, with the grant of arms in 1456. In 1476 the Company purchased the site of its hall, near Cannon Street Station. The original hall was destroyed in the Great Fire, and the present Tallow Chandlers' Hall was built in 1672.

Content

Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Worshipful Company of Tallow Chandlers, including registers of freedom admissions and apprentice bindings from 1551, and title deeds dating from 1249.

The archives held in the Library have been compiled from the early 16th century. However they include photographic negatives of charters dating from 1462 (Ms 24947) (the original charters have been retained for display by the Company). Access to the negatives will not normally be granted - they are to be used only for making photographic prints.

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:

The archive has been arranged as follows:
A Constitutional records
B Court records
C Membership records
D Financial records
E Trade records
F Clerk's records
G Charities and estates.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 1998.

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 have been deposited in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library at various dates since 1950. The Manuscripts Section merged with London Metropolitan Archives in 2008.

Allied Materials

Related material:

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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