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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/020
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1854-1989
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 33 production units comprising 24 volumes, 3 files, 3 folders, 1 bundle, 1 box and 1 envelope.
Name of creator(s): Bagshaw and Co | chartered accountants


Administrative/Biographical history:

This firm of chartered accountants specialised in shipping insurance work and the audit of shipowners protection and indemnity associations. It was founded in 1835 by William Edward Bagshaw. Bagshaw's two sons were admitted as partners in 1891 and 1903.

The firm was called:
- Broom and Bagshaw (1835-54),
- Broom, Bagshaw and Westcott (1855-65),
- Bagshaw and Westcott (1866-7),
- Bagshaw, Westcott and Johnson (1867-76),
- William Edward Bagshaw (1876-80),
- Bagshaw and Co. (1880-1987), and
- Bagshaws (1987-).

In May 1991 the firm amalgamated with Moore Stephens. The firm was based at 70 Aldermanbury (1835-8), 35 Coleman Street (1839-78), 10 Moorgate (1878-81), St Michael's House, 1 St Michael's Alley, Cornhill (1881-1916), 6 Crosby Square, Bishopsgate (1917-19), 63 and 64 New Broad Street (1920-41), 17 St Helen's Place (1942-5) and 3 St Helen's Place (1946-).


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Bagshaw and Company, chartered accountants, including partnership agreements; minutes of meetings; financial accounts; and personal papers of William Edward Bagshaw.

Access to records less than 40 years old should be sought from Moore Stephens (contact details may be obtained from staff).

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 depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The firm's archives were deposited in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library in 1993. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

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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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