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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/201
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1715-1954
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 45 production units.
Name of creator(s): Skilbeck Brothers Ltd | drysalters


Administrative/Biographical history:

Skilbeck Brothers Limited were drysalters, of 205 Upper Thames Street. Lemuel Leppington (1652-1715, Citizen and Salter), had premises in Bread Street. His sons, Allen and John, succeeded to the business. William Gouthit (1745-1808, Citizen and Musician) succeeded, together with his brother George, to the Leppingtons' business, with premises successively at 9 Old Fish Street and 21 Great Distaff Lane. The business was continued, after William Gouthit's death in 1808, by John Joseph Skilbeck (1773-1863, Citizen and Musician), a former business associate of Gouthit's, in premises at 23 Bread Street Hill. From about 1831 the business was continued by Joseph Skilbeck (1799-1860) and John Skilbeck (1808-1899).


Scope and content/abstract:

The records of Skilbeck Brothers Limited, drysalters, and their predecessors comprise: estate book of Lemuel Leppington 1715; bill and day book 1787-1809 and ledger 1801-1808 of William Gouthit; day book 1809-1810, draft ledger 1810, 1857, and cash book 1832-43 of John Joseph Skilbeck; ledgers 1815-1917 and general ledgers 1912-27; journals 1895-1949; cash books 1934-1954; bill book 1898-1952; contract book 1913-1951; laundry ledgers 1897-1927; laundry sundries book 1910-16; purchase ledgers 1911-39, 1923-51; prices book 1863-1867; sales day books 1912-1949; and dock, wharf and warehouse ledger 1908-39.


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:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

These archives have been presented to the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library at various dates since 1962. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

For further background, see Donovan Dawe's Skilbecks: drysalters, 1650-1950 held in the Printed Books Section of Guildhall Library.

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.

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