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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/219
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1715 Dec-1727 Jul
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 1 production unit.
Name of creator(s): Cordwainer and Bread Street 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, Corporation of London.

Cordwainer Ward lies between Vintry Ward south, Cheap Ward north, Bread Street Ward west and Cheap and Walbrook wards east. Bread Street Ward is bounded on the north by Cripplegate and Farringdon Within wards, on the south by Queenhithe, the west by Castle Baynard and the east by Cordwainer wards.

The ward school was established by subscription for boys in 1701 and for girls in 1714, it previously appears to have been the St Mary le Bow Charity School. In Rocque's map of 1746 the school is shown in Well Court, Bow Lane. A school- house was built in 1766 on a piece of ground leased from the Mercers' Company in Old Change. In 1822 this lease was surrendered and the school leased ground in Little Distaff Lane, where a new school-house and premises were erected. These premises were acquired by the City of London Corporation for street improvements in 1854 and the school moved to Shooters' Hill in Kent.


Scope and content/abstract:

Trustees' minute book for the Cordwainer and Bread Street Ward Schools.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

One item.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

This item was found in the Noble collection and catalogued by a member of Guildhall Library staff. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

For the records of Cordwainer Ward see CLC/W/HE; for Bread Street Ward see CLC/W/GD.

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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