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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/1031
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1674
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.01 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Court of Common Pleas


Administrative/Biographical history:

An estreat was a true extract or copy of an original writing or record, in particular of fines, entered on the rolls of a court, which were to be collected by the bailiff or other court officer.

The Court of Common Pleas was founded by King Henry II to hear common pleas (matters between subject and subject). It was the only Court where personal actions of account, covenant, debt and detinue could be heard. The Court also had jurisdiction to review and change the decisions of older courts. From 1187 the Court sat at Westminster. The Court was headed by a Chief Justice, working with a team of lesser justices (between three and eight in number at various times) and a large number of clerks. The Court was abolished in 1875.


Scope and content/abstract:

Estreat to deputy Sheriff of Middlesex Humfrey Wyrley, from roll 1274 of the Court of Common Pleas, in action between Gilbert Wharton of Shandois Street, Covent Garden and Curwen Rawlinson late of Grays Inn, relating to the provision of board and lodging for Rawlinson, his wife Elizabeth and his two servants.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

One document.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the Corporation of London.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in December 1968.

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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:
November 2009 to February 2010

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