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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/052
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1702-1990
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 336 production units.
Name of creator(s): Coal Meters' Committee


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Coal Meters' Committee was based at Coal Exchange, Lower Thames Street. Founded in 1832, it consisted of representatives of the Coal Factors' Society and of retail buyers of coal. It succeeded the coal meters appointed by the Corporation of London when they were abolished in 1831.

A meter was responsible for seeing that commodities such as grain and coal were traded according to the proper measure.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of the Coal Meters' Committee, including minutes, letter books, cash books, ledgers, books of notices and orders, ships' registers, records of coal exports and imports, and papers relating to the reorganisation of the Coal Meters' Office.

The records of the Coal Meters' Benefit Society, the Coal Meters' Provident Club and the Coal Meters' Office Protection Branch also form part of the archives of the Coal Meters' Committee. The Benefit Society records consist chiefly of minutes, resolutions touching amendments to the constitution, statements of account and correspondence relating to the Coal Meters' Benefit Society and Widows' Aid Fund. The Provident Club records contain a copy of rules, nomination form counterfoil book and account book. The Protection Branch records consist of annual reports, ledger accounts and cash 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:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information may be subject to access restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The records of the Coal Meters' Committee (1832-) were given to the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library in three stages: in 1959, 1975 and 1995. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

See also Coal Factors' Society (CLC/B/052). For records of the City of London relating to coal meters see COL/CHD/DM.

Publication note:

For further details see Raymond Smith, Sea-coal for London: a History of the Coal Factors in the London Market. (London, 1961).

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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