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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/085
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1832-1955
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 225 production units.
Name of creator(s): Foster and Braithwaite | stockbrokers


Administrative/Biographical history:

This firm of stockbrokers was founded in 1825 by James Foster and Richard Janson as Foster and Janson. Janson died in 1830 and James Foster was joined by Isaac Braithwaite and the firm was renamed Foster and Braithwaite in 1833. James Foster retired in 1855 and died in 1861. Isaac Braithwaite became head of the firm and in 1867 a new deed of partnership established the family dominance of the firm for the next century: only in 1968 was a partner nominated from outside the Braithwaite family. A new deed of partnership was drawn up in 1971. The firm was based at 27 Austin Friars from 1863-1970; from 1971-75 it was based at 1 Throgmorton Avenue and from 1976-88 at 22 Austin Friars; from 1989 its offices were at 27 Finsbury Square.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Foster and Braithwaite, stockbrokers, which comprise ledgers, journals and subscription books.

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:

Access by appointment only. Please contact staff.

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:

The records were deposited in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library in 1971 and 1975, and converted to a gift in December 2006.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

There is a history of the firm by W. J. Reader entitled A House in the City (London 1979), a copy of which is held by the Printed Books Section of the Guildhall Library.

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:
November 2010 to January 2011.

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