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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/1430
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1823-1906
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.07 linear metres.
Name of creator(s): Various.


Administrative/Biographical history:

According to the Post Office London Directory Charles Douglas Singer was in 1859 secretary to the Medical Invalid and General Life Assurance Society. By 1880 he was described as a letter clip manufacturer. He lived in several of the North London suburbs, from c. 1859-67 in Upper Holloway, from c. 1869-82 in Stoke Newington and by 1889 he was living in his brother George's home at 53, The Common, Upper Clapton.

Catherine Sarah Courtenay of Porterlington, Queen's County, Ireland mortgaged property to Charles Douglas Singer in 1860. These papers concern the legal problems and the incumbrances on the estates in which she had an interest, either through her husband John Courtenay who died in 1841, or inherited from her father George Murphy.

The Harrison family papers relate to Edward Harrison who died in 1865, a stationer presumably of Matthews Harrison and Sons Ltd. of 82, Cornhill; his widow Elizabeth who lived at Tulse Hill and Blackheath before moving to Eastbourne and the younger Edward Harrison who lived in Enfield from 1891 until his death in 1902 or 1903. It seems possible that his wife Emma was the daughter of Charles Douglas Singer who was made a trustee and executor of his will in 1891. In her will she in turn appointed two members of the Singer family trustees and executors.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Charles Douglas Singer and connected families the Courtenays and the Harrisons. Documents include wills, agreements, court orders, rentals and insurance policies and relate to premises in Ireland, Blackheath, Enfield and Knightsbridge.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

ACC/1430-1: Charles Douglas Singer probate and other deeds;
ACC/1430-2: Courtenay family estate records;
ACC/1430-3: Harrison family deeds and accounts;
ACC/1430-4: General papers.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Gifted to the Archive in November 1978.

Allied Materials

Related material:

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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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