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WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF TYLERS AND BRICKLAYERS

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/L/TG
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Full title: WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF TYLERS AND BRICKLAYERS
Date(s): 1572-2003
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 156 production units
Name of creator(s): Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers

Context

Administrative/Biographical history:

An existing fraternity of tylers and bricklayers was incorporated by charter in 1568 and regulated by ordinances issued in 1570-1. Tilers laid roof, floor and wall tiles, which later became known as bricks.

In 1832 the Company decided to raise a subscription to pay for the building of almshouses. A plot of land was bought on King Henry's Walk, Balls Pond Road, Islington and eight dwellings were constructed. The almshouses (for liverymen of the Company or their widows) were opened in 1836.

Content

Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers. The records have been compiled from 1572, but they include a copy of the 1571 ordinances, and deeds dating from 1538. They also include registers of freedom admissions from 1676, and of apprentice bindings from 1612.

Records of Tylers' and Bricklayers' almshouses: ledger, 1836-1937 (Ms 04860), extracts from Company records concerning the foundation of the almshouses (Ms 31385), and papers concerning the election of individuals to the almshouses, 1873-1902 (Ms 31391). Further references may be found in other Company records such as minutes and 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:

As the archive is large and complex, and to assist the user, the catalogue has been arranged in sections as follows:
Constitutional records;
Court records;
Membership records;
Financial records;
Trade records;
Clerk's records;
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 archives have been deposited in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library at various dates since 1932. The Manuscripts Section merged with London Metropolitan Archives in 2008. The records have been catalogued by various members of staff over many years.

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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