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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 HMD
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1559-1887
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 1.26 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Various.


Administrative/Biographical history:

Henry Andrade Harben was born in 1849, son of Sir Henry Harben, Director and Chairman of the Prudential Assurance Company. Harben studied to become a lawyer and was called to the bar in 1871. In 1879 he followed his father as Director of the Prudential (he succeeded him as Chairman in 1907). As well as his work as a lawyer Harben sat on several local administration committees and served as Mayor of Paddington. He was also an antiquarian and researcher, becoming fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1893. Harben died in 1910, leaving his collection of antiquarian books, maps, drawings, and prints to the London County Council. His major work was the Dictionary of London, which was published posthumously in 1917.


Scope and content/abstract:

Title deeds for properties in London and Middlesex; including bargain and sales, assignments, conveyances, mortgages, leases and covenants. Note: please use microfilm.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

HMD/X/001 to HMD/X/260.

Conditions governing access:

Not 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:

Documents recieved as part of the Harben bequest. Files HMD/X/158-186 were presented to the Council by Alfred C. Marshall Esq. on 11 Mar 1924. Files HMD/X/187-189 were presented by Ms P.J. Canning on 6 Dec 1922. Files HMD/X/244-260 were presented by A.W. Clapham Esq on 19 April 1932.

Allied Materials

Related material:

See reference HB for more Harben bequest deeds.

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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