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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/273
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1722-1902
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 170 production units.
Name of creator(s): City Chamberlain | Corporation of London


Administrative/Biographical history:

Duties were payments to the public revenue levied upon the import, export, manufacture, or sale of certain commodities while metage was a duty paid for the official measuring of dry or liquid goods, such as coal, grain, salt. A meter was responsible for seeing that commodities such as grain were traded according to the proper measure. The City Chamberlain's Office of the Corporation of London had responsibility for overseeing the work of meters in checking incoming grain and other goods, especially in the Port of London.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Corn Meter's Office, including lists of ships and barges entering the Port of London, giving description of the ship and the quantity of grain; Committee minute books and order books; amount of the grain weighed and certified by meters; account books for grain duty and metage; amount of grain weighed and measured entering the Port of London; names of the master corn meters; and papers relating to the Corn Meters Provident Fund.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

CLC/273/MS01666 to MS01694, and MS02809.

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:

These records were donated to Guildhall Library in 1915 and were later transferred to the Corporation of London Records Office. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

For records of the City Chamberlain relating to corn metage see COL/CHD/DM/09 (Corn Meter's Office) and COL/CHD/DM/10 (Corn Meter: Meters and Metage).

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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