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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/144-10
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1848-1963
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 95 production units.
Name of creator(s): Gresham Life Assurance Society


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Gresham Life Assurance Society was based at St Mildred's House, Poultry (in 1901) and later at Aldwych House, Holborn. In 1975 the company's head offices were moved to Bournemouth. In 1992 it was taken over by Windsor Life Assurance.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Gresham Life Assurance Society, including registers, notices, minutes, annual reports, financial accounts, valuation summaries, samples of policy forms, and papers relating to branches in Austria, Hungary, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Belgium, Canada, Egypt, South Africa, and Spain.

Also papers of the Gresham Continental Life Assurance Society, including memorandum and articles of association, minute books and letter 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:

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 These records were withdrawn by the depositor on 31 August 1990 and returned to the Manuscripts Section, as a gift, on 19 January 1996, along with the main archive of the Company, (except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 CLC/B/144-09 for the Gresham Fire and Accident Insurance Society. 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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