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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/208
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1748-1932
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 44 production units.
Name of creator(s): Aldersgate Ward School


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, Corporation of London. Aldersgate Ward was bounded on the east by Cripplegate Ward, on the south by Farringdon Ward Within, on the west by Farringdon Ward Without, and extending north to the former borough of Finsbury. It was divided into an Inner and Outer Ward, the southern portion within the City walls called Aldersgate Ward Within, and the northern portion outside the walls, Aldersgate Ward Without.

The school was founded in 1702 for the purpose of educating children and adults in the Ward. The school appears to have used hired premises from the date of its foundation, and the last building used was a house in Little Britain, which formed part of the estate of the parish of St Botolph Aldersgate. In 1859 the school merged with the National School, and new buildings were erected at 160-161 Aldersgate Street. In 1875 the school merged with the Farringdon Within Ward Schools.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Aldersgate Ward School. The records comprise minutes, admission and attendance registers, log books and report books, records of payments to children, accounts, deed of trust and inspector's reports and deeds and estate papers. They have been catalogued by members of Guildhall Library staff at various dates.

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 City of London.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The records of Aldersgate Ward School have been deposited with the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library at various dates. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

See also the records of the St Alphage Society, a charitable society for clothing and educating poor children, which sent the children it supported to the school (CLC/150) and the records of Aldersgate Ward (CLC/W/FA).

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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