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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/1809
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1806-1981
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 1.18 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Christian Brotherly Society


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Christian Brotherly Society (CBS) was founded at Dr Rippon's Meeting House, Carter Lane, Tooley Street, Southwark in 1783. From the beginning the main purpose of the Society was to provide a weekly allowance to members during ill-health. The Society also paid sums of money at the death of members (or their wives) and during periods of hardship.

Until its dissolution in 1980 the CBS was a registered Friendly Society.

Admission to the Society was dependent upon nomination by an existing member but certain other criteria had also to be fulfilled. Members had to make a profession of Christian belief (most were Nonconformists) and were expected to have a "moral character". Applicants also had to be between the ages of 16 and 30 (later 17 and 40) and engaged in a suitable trade. Soldiers and sailors were amongst those not admitted!

Funds were raised by monthly subscriptions but also by a series of fines imposed for a variety of reasons. For example, non attendance at meetings or refusing to serve the office of steward at meetings. Such payments are well documented in the records.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Christian Brotherly Society, including minutes, financial accounts, membership records, correspondence, Parliamentary Acts relating to Friendly Societies, menu and programme for Annual Dinner, 1883.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

ACC/1809/001-011: Minutes; ACC/1809/012-070: Administrative and membership records.

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:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records deposited in November 1982.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Records of other Friendly Societies are also deposited in this office. They include the records of Christ Church, North Brixton Slate and Loan Club (ref:A/CBS) and the Royal Standard Benefit Society (ref:A/RSB).

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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