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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/421
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1868-1955
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 24 production units.
Name of creator(s): Brass | William | d 1888 | builder and contractor


Administrative/Biographical history:

William Brass of Old Street, Finsbury and 'The Elms', Leigham Court Road, Surrey, builder and contractor, died on 14 January 1888. In his will he appointed his eldest son William, half brother Robert Brass and son-in-law Ernest Grimwade trustees of his estate, to manage it for the benefit of his children when they reached adulthood.

At the time of his death, William Brass owned property in the City of London and neighbouring boroughs, of which buildings in Angel Court, Bishopsgate, Cheapside, Lime Street, Old Change and in the borough of Finsbury were the main concerns.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records ofWilliam Brass and his estate, comprising accounts, agreements, correspondence and related papers. They were catalogued by a member of Guildhall Library staff in 1987. Ms 22352 includes a schedule of Trust records drawn up in 1954.

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:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records relating to the administration of the estate were given to the Manuscripts Section in March 1987 by the Official Solicitor to the Supreme Court, who has acted as trustee since 1976. 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:
Records prepared May to September 2011.

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