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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/107-02
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1753-1964
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 454 production units.
Name of creator(s): Royal Exchange Assurance


Administrative/Biographical history:

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


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Royal Exchange Assurance, comprising fire policy registers 1753-1870 (Mss 7252-5); inventories of works of art relating to policies 1822-1913 (Ms 10461); court and committee minutes 1825-1964 (Mss 16235-243, 16245-6, 16250); financial records including life journals and ledgers 1842-1943 (Ms 16251-4); accounts of affiliated companies 1908-1944 (Ms 31634); reports 1838-1957 (Ms 16246A-249); stock ledgers 1838-1927 (Ms 16233) and some staff records 1906-19 and 1927 (Ms 16244).

Mss 16232 and Ms 16234 have been returned to the depositor.

Please note that 24 hours notice is required for access to Mss 16232-54 and 31634.

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 records of the company 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:

Other sub-fonds in this collection comprise:
CLC/B/107-01: Guardian Assurance Company Limited;
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.

Publication note:

A more detailed history of the company can be found in The Royal Exchange Assurance: A History of British Insurance 1720-1970 by Barry Supple (CUP 1970).

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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