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GUARDIAN ROYAL EXCHANGE ASSURANCE

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/107
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Full title: GUARDIAN ROYAL EXCHANGE ASSURANCE
Date(s): 1741-1973
Level of description: Collection
View subfonds/series records
Extent: 1071 production units.
Name of creator(s): Various.

Context

Administrative/Biographical history:

The Guardian Fire and Life Assurance Company was established in 1821 and renamed as Guardian Assurance in 1902. It was founded by a group of private bankers for UK and overseas fire and life insurance and expanded into employers' liability from 1897.

Royal Exchange Assurance was established by royal charter in 1720. Its business comprised marine, fire and life insurance, and general accident insurance in Britain and overseas.

In 1968 Royal Exchange Assurance combined with the Guardian Assurance Company Limited to form Guardian Royal Exchange Assurance. The company had offices at the Royal Exchange from 1720 until ca. 1999 when Guardian Royal Exchange Assurance was taken over by AXA.

Content

Scope and content/abstract:

Records including minutes; policy registers; annual reports; financial records including papers relating to shares and shareholders; agreements; correspondence; deeds; and reports; of predecessors and subsidiaries of the Guardian Royal Exchange Assurance Company, as follows:

Guardian Assurance Company Limited;
Royal Exchange Assurance;
Albion Fire Insurance Company Limited;
Atlas Assurance Company Limited;
British Equitable Assurance Company Limited;
Caledonian Insurance Company;
Car and General Insurance Corporation Limited;
Car Services Limited;
Essex and Suffolk Insurance Company Limited;
Licenses and General Insurance Company Limited;
Liverpool and London Plate Glass Insurance Company;
Local Government Guarantee Society;
London and Manchester Plate Glass Insurance Company;
Manchester Assurance Company Limited;
Motor Union Insurance Company Limited;
National Provincial Insurance Company Limited;
Pilot Insurance Corporation Limited;
Reliance Marine Insurance Company;
State Assurance Company Limited;
United British Insurance Company Limited;
Westminster and General Insurance Company Limited;
Essex and Suffolk Accident Indemnity Society.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English

System of arrangement:

The collection is arranged in sub-fonds as follows:
CLC/B/107-01: Guardian Assurance Company Limited;
CLC/B/107-02: Royal Exchange Assurance;
CLC/B/107-03: Albion Fire Insurance Company Limited;
CLC/B/107-04: Atlas Assurance Company Limited;
CLC/B/107-05: British Equitable Assurance Company Limited;
CLC/B/107-06: Caledonian Insurance Company;
CLC/B/107-07: Car and General Insurance Corporation Limited;
CLC/B/107-08: Car Services Limited;
CLC/B/107-09: Essex and Suffolk Insurance Company Limited;
CLC/B/107-11: Licenses and General Insurance Company Limited;
CLC/B/107-12: Liverpool and London Plate Glass Insurance Company;
CLC/B/107-13: Local Government Guarantee Society;
CLC/B/107-14: London and Manchester Plate Glass Insurance Company;
CLC/B/107-15: Manchester Assurance Company Limited;
CLC/B/107-16: Motor Union Insurance Company Limited;
CLC/B/107-17: National Provincial Insurance Company Limited;
CLC/B/107-18: Pilot Insurance Corporation Limited;
CLC/B/107-19: Reliance Marine Insurance Company;
CLC/B/107-20: State Assurance Company Limited;
CLC/B/107-21: United British Insurance Company Limited;
CLC/B/107-22: Westminster and General Insurance Company Limited;
CLC/B/107-23: Essex and Suffolk Accident Indemnity Society.

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: http://search.lma.gov.uk/opac_lma/index.htm

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The records were deposited in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library by Guardian Royal Exchange Assurance in 1952 and at various dates since. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

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:
November 2010 to January 2011.

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