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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/313/M
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1649-1848
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 6 production units.
Name of creator(s): St Paul's Cathedral | London


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Dean's Peculiar estates, from which the Dean of Saint Paul's Cathedral personally drew the income, were located in the City of London, Middlesex, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex and Hertfordshire.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Dean and Chapter of Saint Paul's Cathedral, London, comprising papers relating to the Dean's Peculiar Estates including parliamentary surveys of the Dean's Peculiar estates, compiled in 1649 and after, (CLC/313/M/002/MS11816 and CLC/313/L/F/011/25190); register of leases, 1664-1848 (CLC/313/M/001/MS19931); register of rents and rental of the properties from which the Dean personally drew income.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Records arranged by MS number, assigned during cataloguing at the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section. For a detailed discussion of the arrangement of the collection, see the fonds level description for Saint Paul's Cathedral, reference CLC/313.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

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 bulk of the archives of St Paul's Cathedral were transferred to the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library in September 1980. They were catalogued by a member of Guildhall Library staff in around 1989. Other accessions were received from the 1960s onwards. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

For papers relating to the estates of William Worsley (Dean, 1479-99), including the revenues of the Deanery, his other ecclesiastical preferments, and numerous estates held privately in London, Middlesex, Bedfordshire, Essex, Hertfordshire and Berkshire (almost all leased from the Dean and Chapter), see CLC/519/MS25166-68.

For parliamentary surveys of the estates of the Dean and Chapter, which may contain further information about the Dean's Peculiar estates, see sections CLC/313/L/F and CLC/313/L/I.

From 1840 (after the holder's life-interest) the ownership of the estates and manorial lordships of the cathedral's dignitaries and prebends was transferred to the Ecclesiastical (later Church) Commissioners. In most cases the relevant manorial records held at LMA continue until the mid 20th century, as the result of separate deposits of records by the Church Commissioners.

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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