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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/144-07
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1946-1982
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 19 production units.
Name of creator(s): British Commonwealth Insurance Co


Administrative/Biographical history:

The British Commonwealth Insurance Company was based at 21 Bury Street, then 5-6 Lime Street and 14 Walbrook. It was founded in 1946 and was taken over in 1960 by Legal and General Assurance Society Limited.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the British Commonwealth Insurance Company, including memorandum and articles of association; papers relating to the acquisition by Legal and General; minutes; annual reports and accounts; financial records; register of investments and specimen policy forms.

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:

Records covering the life assurance business only, consisting primarily of policy registers, were deposited by Legal and General Assurance in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library on 22 September 1977. These records were withdrawn by the depositor on 31 August 1990 and returned to the Manuscripts Section, as a gift, on 19 January 1996, along with the main archive of the Company, (except the board minutes, which were a deposit rather than a gift), at which point it was decided that a sample of only two volumes of building society policy registers would be kept out of an original series of 106 volumes (Ms 18478). The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

See also CLC/B/144-01: Legal and General Assurance Society Limited.

Publication note:

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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