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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/021-3
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1757-1833
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 8 production units.
Name of creator(s): Jerusalem Coffee House x The Jerusalem Ltd x Jerusalem Shipping Exchange


Administrative/Biographical history:

These are the only surviving records of the Jerusalem Coffee House, of Fleece Passage, Cornhill, later known as 32-33 Cowper's Court. The Jerusalem Coffee House was frequented by managing owners of East India Company ships and East India merchants and brokers. The Jerusalem Coffee House became "The Jerusalem Limited" in 1880 as the coffee house was demolished in 1879 and replaced by a purpose built commercial resort, sale, exchange and news rooms.

In 1892 the Jerusalem became the Jerusalem Shipping Exchange of 22 Billiter Street, setting itself up as a rival to the newly established London Shipping Exchange. The London Shipping Exchange was more successful and bought out the Jerusalem Shipping Exchange later that year. In 1900 the London Shipping Exchange amalgamated with the Baltic Committee to become the Baltic Mercantile and Shipping Exchange Limited.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Jerusalem Coffee House, later the Jerusalem Shipping Exchange, including registers and lists of sailings and shippings, including some East India Company shipping; log of the voyage of the ship 'Walmer Castle' from London to Penang, Malaysia; agreements; and financial accounts.

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:

These records were given to Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section in 1997 by the Baltic Exchange. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

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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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