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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/175
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1707-1824
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 4 production items.
Name of creator(s): Guildable Manor, the Kings Manor and the Great Liberty | Corporation of London x Southwark Manor


Administrative/Biographical history:

Southwark was granted to the citizens of London by a charter of Edward III in 1327, following a petition from the citizens because felons and thieves escaped the City into Southwark where they could not be followed. A further charter issued by Edward VI in 1550 aimed to ensure that Southwark was completely absorbed into the City by making the citizens lords of the three manors there - the Guildable Manor, the King's Manor and the Great Liberty.

The Liberty of the Clink was an area of 70 acres in Southwark which was outside the jurisdiction of the City, belonging to the Bishop of Winchester. The Bishops had a great palace here, Winchester House. The building gradually deteriorated and little remains.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Manor of Southwark, including court leet rolls for the Clink Liberty, memorandum book and ordinances of the Southwark court leet.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Documents in chronological order.

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 more records of the Manor of Southwark see CLA/043.

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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