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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/292
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1691
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 2 production units.
Name of creator(s): Poultry Compter | Corporation of London
Wood Street Compter | Corporation of London x Giltspur Street Compter


Administrative/Biographical history:

In the City of London each Sheriff was responsible for a Compter, a city prison for debtors and other civil prisoners. The Poultry Compter was the oldest of the three City compters. The prisoners here were mainly committed by the Lord Mayor. The compter was demolished in 1817. Wood Street Compter was a medieval foundation with room for 70 inmates. It was divided into three sections for the rich, the comfortable and the poor. The Wood Street Compter was amalgamated with the Giltspur Street Compter in 1791.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records relating to City of London Prisons, comprising calendar of prisoners in Wood Street Compter and Poultry Compter, 1747; and affidavit concerning the removal of a prisoner from Wood Street Compter to the King's Bench Prison, 1691.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Records arranged by MS number, assigned during cataloguing at the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

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:

For Wood Street Compter see CLA/028 and for Poultry Compter see CLA/030.

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:
August to October 2010.

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