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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/106
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1853-1966
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 65 production units.
Name of creator(s): Various


Administrative/Biographical history:

Gresham House, in Old Broad Street, was the home of Sir Thomas Gresham (1519-79), Lord Mayor of London, and was the site of Gresham College until 1768 when the house was demolished and HM Excise Office was built. This was sold in 1853 by the Government to six partners and, in 1857, the Gresham House Estate Company Limited was formed by them to manage the property. Other property was purchased in 1936 and 1955 in Bishopsgate (nos 25-27 and 31-33 respectively). Gresham House was sold in 1959.

In 1921 Broad Street Estates Limited (incorporated 1913), which owned a freehold building in Old Broad Street opposite Gresham House, was acquired. This property was sold in 1953. An "island" site between London Wall and Great Winchester Street, comprising approximately 1 acre, was purchased in 1928 and a subsidiary, Great Winchester Street Estates Limited, was formed to hold it. This company went into voluntary liquidation in 1958 and the site was sold in 1960. Since the late 1950's, Gresham House Estate Company Limited and its subsidiary, Broad Street Estates Limited, have been concerned mainly with investment business.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Gresham House Estate Company Limited and subsidiaries Broad Street Estates Limited and Great Winchester Street Estates Limited; comprising minutes and financial material, correspondence, rent rolls and other tenancy material and plans.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

CLC/B/106-01: Gresham House Estate Company Limited; CLC/B/106-02: Broad Street Estates Limited; CLC/B/106-03: Great Winchester Street Estates Limited.

Conditions governing access:

Access by appointment only. Please contact staff.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited at Guildhall Library in 1981. 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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