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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/156
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1677-1679, 1819, 1854
Level of description: Collection
Extent: Three production units.
Name of creator(s): Various.


Administrative/Biographical history:

Tothill Fields was the name given to an open area between Westminster Abbey and Millbank. Tournaments were held there by kings living in the Palace of Westminster. Later the fields were used for cattle, growing food, horse racing, military parades, and bear baiting. A fair was held there every year. Duels were often fought here, and public punishments and executions held. The area was also used for burial pits during the plague. The fields were not developed until the 1830s.

Information from The London Encyclopaedia, eds. Weinreb and Hibbert (LMA Library Reference 67.2 WEI).


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of small collections relating to charities, comprising:
- Account of the trusts in which all or some of the Broad Street Lecturers are parties, 1819.
- Account of subscriptions to the fund for making a causeway over Tothill Fields, 1677-1679.
- Copy deed and schedule of regulations dated 10 May 1854 relating to the use of the working men's fund raised as a memorial of gratitude to Sir Robert Peel for the repeal of the corn laws, 1854.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Three items.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section, which merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

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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