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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/299
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1667
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 1 bundle, vellum and paper.
Name of creator(s): Fire Court x Court of Judicature | Corporation of London


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Fire Court was established in 1667 to handle disputes arising from the Great Fire of London, 1666. Some landlords expected tenants to continue paying rent even if there was no building to live in; in other cases the tenant was liable to rebuild; or the ownership of sections of land was in dispute. The Court decided who should rebuild in order to enable the reconstruction of the City to proceed quickly without protracted legal wrangling. The Court closed in 1672.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of the Fire Judges Court, comprising decree in the cause of Sir Richard Betenson, petitioner, against Richard Betenson, his son, and others, concerning burnt houses in Cheapside, in the parish of St Mary le Bow.

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:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section, which merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

For the main records of the Fire Court see CLA/039.

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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