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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/316
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1789
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 4 production units.
Name of creator(s): Liberty of the Tower


Administrative/Biographical history:

Until 1686 the Liberty of the Tower comprised the area within the wall and land on Tower Hill. In 1686 the Libery was separated from the jurisdiction of the City, and it included Little Minories, the Old Artillery Ground and Well Close. The Liberty also had its own courthouse and prison. In 1858 it became a civil parish. The precinct of "Tower Without" comprised George Street and the properties adjoining.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Liberty of the Tower comprising: verdict and presentment of jurors of the court leet, 1837 (Ms 5210); court leet roll, 1789 (Ms 21651); overseer's book, 1878-95 (Ms 2563); and vestry minute book, 1878-95 (Ms 2662).

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Records arranged by MS number, assigned during cataloguing at the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section.

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:

Ms 2563 was deposited in Guildhall Library in 1920; Ms 2662 was deposited in 1924; Ms 5210 was purchased by Guildhall Library in 1948; and Ms 21651 was purchased in 1986. They have been catalogued by various members of staff over a number of years. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

See also CLC/427/MS03041/010 for a rate assessment book of Tower Liberty, Well Close, 1698, CLC/525/MS05388 for Tower Within and Tower Without land tax assessment books, 1744-1825; and P69/BOT2/C/018/MS02545 for church rate assessment books which include the Liberty of the Tower, 1744-1864. See also the records of the parish of St Botolph Aldgate which lies partly within the liberties of the City, for example, the poor rate assessment books, 1752-64 (P69/BOT2/C/001/MS02534) which include King Street and adjacent areas in the Tower Liberty.

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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