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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/152
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1806-1953
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 209 production units.
Name of creator(s): London Life Association Ltd
Clergy Mutual Assurance Society
Metropolitan Life Assurance Society


Administrative/Biographical history:

The London Life had been established as a mutual life assurance company in 1806. It traded from 48 St Paul's Churchyard (1806-11), 35 Cannon Street (1811-38) and 81 King William Street (1838-1981). Its main London office moved to Bristol in 1981. It had taken over the Clergy Mutual in 1918 and the Metopolitan Life in 1928.

The Clergy Mutual was established as a mutual life assurance company for clergy and their dependents in 1829. It traded from 67 Lincoln's Inn Fields (1829-36), 40-1 Parliament Street (1836-56) and 2-3 (Broad) Sanctuary (1856-1918).

The Metropolitan Life was established in 1835 and traded from 1 St Michael's Alley (1835-7), 3 Princes Street (1837-93) and 13 Moorgate (1893-1928).


Scope and content/abstract:

The archive comprises records of London Life Association Limited, 1806-1953; Clergy Mutual Assurance Society, 1829-1935; and Metropolitan Life Assurance Society, 1834-1933.

London Life Association Limited records comprise minutes and accounts 1806-1944 (Ms 19634-41), policy registers 1873-1953 (Ms 19642-4) and scrapbook of printed forms 1891-1923 (Ms 19645).

Clergy Mutual Assurance records comprise minutes and accounts 1829-1924 (Ms 19646-50); policy and claims registers 1830-1935 (Ms 19651-3); and miscellaneous items 1891-1914 (Ms 19654-6).

Metropolitan Life Assurance Society records comprise minutes, accounts and regulations 1834-1933 (Ms 19657-67), policy registers 1835-ca. 1928 (Ms 19661, 19668-72).

Access to records which are closed for 80 years should be sought from London Life Association (contact details may be obtained from a member of staff).

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Records arranged in three sub-fonds:
CLC/B/152-01: London Life Association Limited;
CLC/B/152-02: Clergy Mutual Assurance Society;
CLC/B/152-03: Metropolitan Life Assurance Society.

Conditions governing access:

Restricted access: please see 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 London Life, Clergy Mutual and the Metropolitan Life were deposited in Guildhall Library by London Life Association in 1981. They were catalogued by Guildhall Library staff in the same year. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

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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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