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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/192-31
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1557-1983
Level of description: Subfonds
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Extent: Six production units.
Name of creator(s): Phoenix Assurance Co


Administrative/Biographical history:

This Company was established in 1781 as New Fire Office, changed its name to Phoenix Fire Office in 1785 and to Phoenix Assurance Company in 1901. Initially its business was fire insurance in the United Kingdom; it added accident business in 1906 and marine insurance in 1910. It merged with Sun Alliance in the 1980s.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Phoenix Assurance Company including single assurance policy, deeds and deed of covenant and premises plans.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Six items.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

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:

Records deposited in 1973, 1975 and 1991.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The main archives of the company are held by Cambridge University Library: Manuscripts Department, reference "Ms Phoenix", together with records of several Phoenix subsidiaries, Pelican Life and the London Guarantee and Accident Company.

Publication note:

Clive Trebilcock, Phoenix Assurance and the development of British insurance, 2 vols, Cambridge, 1985-1998.

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:
January to May 2011, updated October 2018.

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