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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/434
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1354-1802
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 26 production units.
Name of creator(s): Various.


Administrative/Biographical history:

William Clapham of London was a Citizen and Grocer (d 1688), who owned Cox Key, Fresh Wharf and Gaunt's Key as well as warehouses in Thames Street. The properties were left in tail to his son William Clapham (d 1730). By 1764 William Skrine had gained the reversionary interest. Skrine may have been distantly related to the younger William Clapham through Clapham's wife, Mary Lem.


Scope and content/abstract:

These documents are largely deeds and papers relating to William Clapham, including title deeds of his properties Cox Key, Fresh Wharf and Gaunt's Key with warehouses in Thames Street. Also some deeds of the Skrine family's properties in Somerset and Wiltshire (Ms 14021).

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:

The Clapham and Skrine family papers were a gift from the British Records Association in 1968. They were catalogued in 1969 by a member of Guildhall Library staff. 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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