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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/221
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1712-1892
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 13 production units.
Name of creator(s): Cripplegate Within Ward Schools


Administrative/Biographical history:

The City of London was divided into wards for the purpose of government as early as Norman times. The wards had responsibility to keep the peace, supervise trade and oversee sanitation, and each ward has the right to elect an Alderman and Commoners to sit in the Court of Common Council. Cripplegate Ward lies at the north of the City and has two parts, 'within' and 'without' the City wall.

The ward school was established in the 18th century, from at least 1712. In 1713 the school admitted girls. The Boys and Girls Schools from their foundation, used hired buildings, chiefly premises in Philip Lane. The school was closed in 1892 and the charitable funds administered by the Aldersgate Ward School.


Scope and content/abstract:

Cripplegate Within Ward Schools records, comprising minutes, attendance registers and log books, a declaration of trust, inspector's reports and deeds.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The records have been sorted into an order which reflects divisions between the different functions and operations of the organisation and its administration.

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 this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The records of the Cripplegate Within Ward Schools have been deposited with the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library at various dates since 1952 and catalogued by Guildhall Library staff. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

For the Cripplegate Within Ward see CLC/W/HH. For the Aldersgate Ward School see CLC/208.

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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