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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/1544
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1705-1770
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.08 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Various


Administrative/Biographical history:

Parish officials were responsible for early forms of local government as well as administration of the church. In Edmonton, overseers of the poor were first mentioned in 1639. One overseer was appointed for each of the four wards. Parish vestry meetings had begun by 1739 and included a workhouse committee which comprised the trustees, the vicar, churchwardens, overseers and elected parishioners. The committee administered poor relief, providing money or goods to paupers. It appears that the poor were admitted to the workhouse as a last resort, while poor children were apprenticed.

Source of information: 'Edmonton: Local government', A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 5: Hendon, Kingsbury, Great Stanmore, Little Stanmore, Edmonton Enfield, Monken Hadley, South Mimms, Tottenham (1976), pp. 175-179 (available online).


Scope and content/abstract:

Records relating to poor relief in the parish of Edmonton, 1705-1770, including examinations, warrants and removal orders.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Documents arranged in chronological order (ACC/1544/001-045).

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in May 1980.

Allied Materials

Related material:

For further records relating to the Parish of Edmonton see DRO/040.

Publication note:

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:
March to April 2010.

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