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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/015
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1794-1925
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 19 production units.
Name of creator(s): Society of Licensed Victuallers


Administrative/Biographical history:

In 1793 a group of members of the licensed victualling trade decided to form themselves into a friendly society for the mutual benefit of publicans and the relief of sick, infirm and distressed members of the licensed victualling trade and their families. A formal agreement of association was signed on 3 February 1794 which was subsequently incorporated by royal charter on 3 May 1836.

The Society established its own daily newspaper, the Morning Advertiser, in order to promote its interests and to add to its funds. The first issue was launched from its offices in Catherine Street, the Strand on 8 February 1794. In 1815, after 21 years of regular publication, the offices and works were moved to 127 Fleet Street where they remained until 1927 when new premises were acquired in St Andrew Street, London EC4.

By 1802, the Society had acquired sufficient funds to establish a school in Kennington Lane for children of distressed, decayed and deceased members of the licensed victualling trade. New premises were built in 1837 on freehold land adjacent to the old site and, in 1921, the school removed to Slough, Buckinghamshire, where it remains.

The Society of Licensed Victuallers' offices moved to 57 Effra Road, London SW2 in 1975.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Society of Licensed Victuallers comprising rules and bye-laws, correspondence, plans and property records, and related papers.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Records arranged in two sections: Society of Licensed Victuallers and Licensed Victuallers' School.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information may be subject to access restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Purchased by Guildhall Library in 1985. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

See ACC/3122 for the National Licenced Victuallers Association and predecessors.

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:
June to August 2010.

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