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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/301
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1631
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 1 item.
Name of creator(s): Court of Wards and Liveries


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Court of Wards and Liveries was established in 1540-42. Its function was to administer the monarch's feudal dues. When a tenant of the monarch died, the land reverted to the crown until the heir of the tenant paid a fee, known as a 'relief', after which they could take possession. If the heir was underage they became a ward of the crown.


Scope and content/abstract:

Record of the Court of Wards and Liveries, comprising examinations of defendants in a court case concerning commodities in a court yard adjoining the Bull Head Tavern in Cheapside, October-November 1631.

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 Court of Wards and Liveries see The National Archives, reference WARD.

Publication note:

For more information see The National Archives Legal Records Information Guide 11, available on their website (accessed Oct 2010).

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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