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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/W/JB
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1558-1977
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 390 production units.
Name of creator(s): Farringdon Without Ward | Corporation of London


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.

One of the twenty-six wards of the City of London, lying outside the City walls to the west, extending north to the parish of Clerkenwell, south to the Thames and west to the City of Westminster. To the east it adjoins the wards of Farringdon Within and Aldersgate. This ward was formerly part of a single ward of Farringdon until 1393/4, when, due to the increasing population in the area outside the City wall, it became a ward in its own right, and had a separate elected alderman.

The records include a number of the records of the Whitefriars Precinct within the ward of Farringdon Without. The precinct or liberty comprised the site of the former Whitefriars monastery, founded in 1241, strteching from Whitefriars Street east to Temple Lane west, and north from the Thames almost to Fleet Street. The precinct was constituted a civil parish in 1858, although it had been included in Holy Trinity Gough Square for ecclesiasical puposes from 1842.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Farringdon Without Ward, Corporation of London. The records comprise minutes and accounts, rate assessments and inhabitants lists, inquest and legal papers, title deeds and other administrative papers. They were 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 archives of the ward 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 ward list amongst the papers of George Hammond in CLC/233.

Publication note:

There is a short printed history of the ward in J.C. Thornley's The Wards of the City of London, being a series of articles reprinted from the "Architect" (1919-20) pp 125-8 and 150-2. Other works available in the Printed Books Section of Guildhall Library and which may be useful include William Chancellor, Account of the several wards, precincts and parishes in the City of London (1787) and A.B. Beaven, Aldermen of the City of London temp. Henry III-1912 (1908-13, 2 vols).

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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