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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 O/323
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1654-1817
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.15 linear metres.
Name of creator(s): Hatton | family | of Hatton Garden, Holborn


Administrative/Biographical history:

Sir Christopher Hatton was Chancellor to Elizabeth I. He constructed Hatton House in 1576. The house had fallen into ruin by 1659 when the current streets were laid out. The street now called Hatton Garden was known as Hatton Street, Hatton Garden referred to the whole area including Leather Lane, Saffron Hill and Holborn.

Hatton House itself passed to William Newport, Christopher Hatton's nephew, in 1591. William took the name Hatton, and married Lady Elizabeth Cecil. She was granted the house after William's death and it passed to her daughter by her second husband, who had married into the Villiers family.

Information from The London Encyclopaedia, eds. Weinreb and Hibbert (LMA Library Reference 67.2 WEI).

In May 1811 a Bill was passed for the construction of a new bridge to cross the Thames about a quarter of a mile west of London Bridge, and the Southwark Bridge Company was formed. The Company pushed ahead with the construction of Southwark Bridge despite opposition from the City of London and the Thames Conservatory Board, who did not consider it necessary. The bridge was begun in 1813 and opened at midnight on 24 March 1819, designed by Sir John Rennie. The bridge was not popular and was underused, despite the congestion on nearby London and Blackfriars Bridges.


Scope and content/abstract:

Property documents relating to the Hatton family estates in Hatton Garden and surrounding area, Holborn. Also papers relating to property in Barking, Clerkenwell, the City of London, Westminster, and Southwark; and share certificates in the Southwark Bridge Company.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Documents in chronological order.

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:

Gifted to the Archive in May 1970.

Allied Materials

Related material:

For records relating to Southwark Bridge see CLA/019.

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:
Records prepared May to September 2011.

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