CORPORATION OF LONDON

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Details of CORPORATION OF LONDON
Title: CORPORATION OF LONDON
Reference: COL
Description:

The records in the CLRO are thought to be one of the finest and most complete municipal archives in Europe. However, researchers may notice some substantial gaps and these merit an explanation. The majority of the records of the Freedom of the City prior to 1681 and the City's Cash accounts prior to 1632 were either destroyed in the Great Fire in 1666 or in another fire in the Chamber (the finance department of the Corporation) in 1786. Similarly, it is thought that a fire at the Sessions House in the Old Bailey in 1877 destroyed the early Sessions minutes and files, as well as the bulk of the supporting papers. The paucity of surviving Sheriffs' Court records for the medieval period is thought to be because these records were considered to be the personal property of a Sheriff, who might be called upon to produce records in order to account for his actions during his time in office long after his Shrievalty had ended. Similarly, it is thought the records of coroner's inquests have not survived in any quantity before 1788 because inquests were not held in a court building until relatively recently, and so the records of inquests were considered part of the personal papers of office holders rather than administrative records.

 

This list consists of the following records:

 

COL/AC

 

ARCHIVES (part)

 

COL/AD

 

ADMINISTRATION

 

COL/BR

 

BROKERS

 

COL/CA

 

COURT OF ALDERMEN

 

COL/CA/AJA

 

COURT OF ALDERMEN: ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE COMMITTEE

 

COL/CA/FNA

 

COURT OF ALDERMEN: FINANCE COMMITTEE

 

COL/CA/GAC

 

COURT OF ALDERMEN: GAOL COMMITTEE

 

COL/CA/GPA

 

COURT OF ALDERMEN: GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE (part)

 

COL/CA/LCA

 

COURT OF ALDERMEN: LIVERY CLOTH COMMITTEE

 

COL/CA/MGA

 

COURT OF ALDERMEN: MAGISTRACY COMMITTEE

 

COL/CA/MIN

 

COURT OF ALDERMEN: COMMITTEES

 

COL/CA/PCA

 

COURT OF ALDERMEN: PRISONS COMMITTEE

 

COL/CA/PLA

 

COURT OF ALDERMEN: POLICE COMMITTEE

 

COL/CA/PVA

 

COURT OF ALDERMEN: PRIVILEGES COMMITTEE (part)

 

COL/CA/PYA

 

COURT OF ALDERMEN: PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE

 

COL/CA/WCA

 

COURT OF ALDERMEN: WHOLE COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL

 

COL/CC/ACC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: AFFAIRS OF THE CORPORATION COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/AJC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/APC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: AIRPORT COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/ASC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: ASSESSMENT (CITY OF LONDON UNION) COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/AUC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/BBB

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: BLACKFRIARS BRIDGE (BUILDING) COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/BBR

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: BLACKFRIARS BRIDGE (REPAIRING) COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/BFC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: BUNHILL FIELDS COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/BHC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: BRIDGE HOUSE COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/BHT

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: BRIDGE HOUSE TRUST COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/BLM

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: BILLINGSGATE AND LEADENHALL MARKETS COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/BRA

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: BARBICAN ARTS CENTRE JOINT WORKING PARTY (ARTS CENTRE)

 

COL/CC/BRC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: BARBICAN CENTRE COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/BRD

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: BARBICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/BRR

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: BARBICAN RESIDENTIAL COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/BRW

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: BARBICAN CONTRACTS WORKING PARTY

 

COL/CC/CCF

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: COAL, CORN AND FINANCE COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/CCN

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: COAL AND CORN COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/CCR

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: COAL, CORN AND RATES FINANCE COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/CDC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/CDE

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: CIVIL DEFENCE (EMERGENCY) COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/CEM

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: CENTRAL MARKETS COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/CLA

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: CITY OF LONDON (ARIZONA) CORPORATION

 

COL/CC/CLBH

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: CITY LANDS AND BRIDGE HOUSE ESTATES COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/CLC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: CITY LANDS COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/CLE

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: CITY OF LONDON EDUCATION COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/CLF

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: BOARD OF GOVERNORS, CITY OF LONDON FREEMEN'S SCHOOL

 

COL/CC/CLFO

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: CITY OF LONDON FREEMEN'S (ORPHANS) SCHOOL

 

COL/CC/CLG

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: BOARD OF GOVERNORS, CITY OF LONDON SCHOOL FOR GIRLS

 

COL/CC/CLS

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: BOARD OF GOVERNORS, CITY OF LONDON SCHOOL

 

COL/CC/CLSB

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: CITY OF LONDON SCHOOL BUILDING COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/CLSG

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: CITY OF LONDON SCHOOL FOR GIRLS COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/CLSS

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: CITY OF LONDON SCHOOLS COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/CMB

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: COMPUTER SUB-COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/CMG

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: COMPUTER STEERING GROUP COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/CPC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: COUNTY PURPOSES COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/CPR

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: ENQUIRIES INTO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE CORPORATION

 

COL/CC/CRC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: COURT OF REQUESTS COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/CRE

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT (EXTENSION) COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/CRN

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT: NEWSON SMITH COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/CTC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: CONSOLIDATED COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/CTM

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: CATTLE MARKETS COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/EEC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: ELEMENTARY EDUCATION COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/EFC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: EPPING FOREST AND OPEN SPACES COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/EHC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: EMANUEL HOSPITAL COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/ESC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: ESTABLISHMENT COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/FAC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: FREEDOM APPLICATIONS COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/FCC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: FOOD CONTROL COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/FDC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: FREEDOM COMMITTEE (19TH CENTURY)

 

COL/CC/FNC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: FINANCE COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/FNG

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: GAOL EXPENSES AND FINANCE COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/FNS

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: SPECIAL FINANCE/SELECT FINANCE OR FINANCE COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/FSC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: FISH SUPPLY COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/GHI

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: GUILDHALL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/GHY

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: GUILDHALL YARD EAST BUILDING COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/GPC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE (Part)

 

COL/CC/GRC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: GRESHAM COMMITTEE (CITY SIDE)

 

COL/CC/GRJ

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: JOINT GRESHAM COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/GWC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: GAS/GAS AND WATER COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/GYE

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: GUILDHALL YARD EAST COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/HEB

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: CITY OF LONDON BOARD OF HEALTH

 

COL/CC/HEC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: HEALTH COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/HGC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: HOUSING COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/HHM

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: HAMPSTEAD HEATH MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/HWJ

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: HIGHGATE WOOD JOINT CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/IMP

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: IMPROVEMENTS COMMITTEE (CORPORATION)

 

COL/CC/ITP

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: IMPROVEMENTS AND TOWN PLANNING COMMITTEE (C.S/PHD)

 

COL/CC/JTA

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: JOINT ADVISORY COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/JTB

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: JOINT BRIDGE HOUSE ESTATES AND IMPROVEMENTS COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/JTC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: JOINT COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/JTP

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: JOINT (P.H.D) COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/JTS

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: JOINT BRIDGE HOUSE ESTATES AND SPECIAL COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/JTT

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: JOINT BRIDGE HOUSE ESTATES AND THAMES NAVIGATION AND PORT OF LONDON COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/LAC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: LITTER ACT COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/LBA

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: LONDON BRIDGE APPROACHES COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/LBC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: LONDON BRIDGE COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/LBI

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: LONDON BRIDGE IMPROVEMENTS COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/LCE

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: LOCAL CENTRES EXAMINATIONS BOARD EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/LFC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: LOCAL FOOD CONTROL COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/LGT

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND TAXATION COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/LIB

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: LIBRARIES, GUILDHALL ART GALLERY AND ARCHIVES COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/LLC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: LAW BILLS COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/LMC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: LIBRARY AND MUSEUM COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/LPC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: LAW, [PARLIAMENTARY] AND CITY COURTS COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/LUC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: LUNATIC ASYLUM COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/MDC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: MUSIC AND DRAMA COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/MGC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: METAGE ON GRAIN COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/MIN

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: COMMITTEES

 

COL/CC/MLB

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: MUSEUM OF LONDON BOARD OF GOVERNORS

 

COL/CC/MPC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: MIDSUMMER PRIZE (LATER PRIZE) COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/MRI

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: MARKETS IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/MRJ

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: JOINT MARKETS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/MRK

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: MARKETS COMMITTEE (Part)

 

COL/CC/MTC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: MILITIA COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/MYA

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: MAYORALTY 800TH ANNIVERSARY COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/MYC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: MAYORALTY VISITS COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/OCC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: OFFICERS AND CLERKS COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/OCL

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: OFFICERS AND CLERKS COMMITTEE (1815-1834)

 

COL/CC/PBC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/PCC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: PRISONS COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/PHE

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: PORT HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/PHS

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: PORT AND CITY OF LONDON HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/PLC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: POLICE COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/PLH

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: PORT OF LONDON HEALTH COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/PNC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: PORT OF LONDON COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/PRC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: POLICY AND RESOURCES COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/PTC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/PTCG

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE: TREES, GARDENS AND OPEN SPACES SUB-COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/PTCT

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE: TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT AND ROAD SAFETY SUB-COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/PVC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: PRIVILEGES COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/PYC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/RFC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: RATES FINANCE COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/ROC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: REVENUE AND OFFICERS COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/SBC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: SPECIAL BRIDGE OR SUBWAY COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/SCC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: SPECIAL (CITY OF LONDON COURT) COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/SCH

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: CITY OF LONDON SCHOOL COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/SDC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: SECONDARIES AND SHERIFFS' COURTS COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/SEC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: SPECIAL (EMERGENCY) COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/SFC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: SPECIAL FINANCE COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/SGC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: SPECIAL (GUILDHALL RECONSTRUCTION) COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/SGP

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: SELECT GENERAL PURPOSES (PORTERS) COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/SHC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: SPECIAL HOUSING COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/SIC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: SELECT AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES

 

COL/CC/SLC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: SPECIAL (LABOUR) COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/SMC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: SPECIAL MARKETS COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/SPC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: SPECIAL COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/SPM

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: SPITALFIELDS MARKET COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/SPO

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: SPECIAL POLICE COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/SQC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: SPECIAL INQUIRY COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/SRC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: SPECIAL REVENUE COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/SSC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/STF

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: STAFF COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/STH

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: SPECIAL TITHES COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/STS

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: STREETS COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/SWC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: SPECIAL (WAR DAMAGE ACT) COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/TIC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: TITHE COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/TNC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: THAMES NAVIGATION COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/VAC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: VALUATION COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/WAC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: WORKS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/WCC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: WHOLE COURT COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/WCD

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: WHOLE COURT (P.H.D.) COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/WEC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: WELFARE COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/WHP

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: WEST HAM PARK: COMMITTEE OF MANAGERS OF WEST HAM PARK

 

COL/CC/WPC

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: WATCH AND POLICE COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/WPD

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: WATCH AND POLICE: DAY POLICE COMMITTEE

 

COL/CC/WPS

 

COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL: WATCH AND POLICE: SPECIAL DAY POLICE AND NIGHTLY WATCH COMMITTEE

 

COL/CCS

 

COMPTROLLER AND CITY SOLICITOR

 

COL/CCS/CO

 

COMPTROLLER AND CITY SOLICITOR : COMPTROLLER (part)

 

COL/CCS/PL

 

COMPTROLLER AND CITY SOLICITOR: PLANS

 

COL/CCS/SO

 

COMPTROLLER AND CITY SOLICITOR: SOLICITOR (part)

 

COL/CH

 

CHARTERS

 

COL/CHD/AP

 

CHAMBERLAIN'S DEPARTMENT: APPRENTICESHIP

 

COL/CHD/BH

 

CHAMBERLAIN'S DEPARTMENT: BRIDGE HOUSE ESTATES (part)

 

COL/CHD/CM

 

CHAMBERLAIN'S DEPARTMENT: CHAMBER ACCOUNTS (part)

 

COL/CHD/CP

 

CHAMBERLAIN'S DEPARTMENT: CHAMBERLAIN

 

COL/CHD/CR

 

CHAMBERLAIN'S DEPARTMENT: CHAMBERLAIN'S COURT

 

COL/CHD/CT

 

CHAMBERLAIN'S DEPARTMENT: CITY'S CASH (part)

 

COL/CHD/DM

 

CHAMBERLAIN'S DEPARTMENT: DUTIES AND METAGE (part)

 

COL/CHD/FR

 

CHAMBERLAIN'S DEPARTMENT: FREEDOM

 

COL/CHD/IC

 

CHAMBERLAIN'S DEPARTMENT: INSTITUTIONS AND COURTS

 

COL/CHD/IM

 

CHAMBERLAIN'S DEPARTMENT: IMPROVEMENTS (part)

 

COL/CHD/LA

 

CHAMBERLAIN'S DEPARTMENT: LOANS AND ASSESSMENTS (part)

 

COL/CHD/MN

 

CHAMBERLAIN'S DEPARTMENT: MILITARY AND NAVAL

 

COL/CHD/PN

 

CHAMBERLAINS DEPARTMENT: PENSIONS

 

COL/CHD/PR

 

CHAMBERLAIN'S DEPARTMENT: POOR AND OTHER RELIEF (part)

 

COL/CHD/RN

 

CHAMBERLAIN'S DEPARTMENT: RENTS AND RENTALS (part)

 

COL/CHD/RT

 

CHAMBERLAIN'S DEPARTMENT: RATES (part)

 

COL/CHD/TF

 

CHAMBERLAIN'S DEPARTMENT: TRUST AND OTHER FUNDS

 

COL/CN

 

COMMON HALL

 

COL/CN/LCN

 

COMMON HALL: LIVERY CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE

 

COL/CN/LVC

 

COMMON HALL: LIVERY COMMITTEE

 

COL/CP

 

LIVERY COMPANIES

 

COL/CS

 

CUSTUMALS (part)

 

COL/CSD/HO

 

COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT: HOUSING

 

COL/CSD/SS

 

COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT: SOCIAL SERVICES

 

COL/CT

 

CHARITIES

 

COL/ESD

 

ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT

 

COL/LBD/AD

 

LIBRARIES AND ART GALLERIES: ADMINISTRATION (part)

 

COL/LBD/AG

 

LIBRARIES AND ART GALLERIES: GUILDHALL ART GALLERY

 

COL/LBD/GHL

 

LIBRARIES AND ART GALLERIES: GUILDHALL LIBRARY

 

COL/MH/AD

 

MANSION HOUSE: ADMINISTRATION (part)

 

COL/MH/LM

 

MANSION HOUSE: LORD MAYOR

 

COL/MH/LMH

 

MANSION HOUSE: LORD MAYOR'S HOUSEHOLD

 

COL/MH/MSH

 

MANSION HOUSE: THE MANSION HOUSE

 

COL/OF

 

OFFICERS (part)

 

COL/PHD/AD

 

PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT: ADMINISTRATION (part)

 

COL/PHD/PL

 

PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT: PLANS

 

COL/PL

 

PLANS

 

COL/PLD/AR

 

PLANNING DEPARTMENT: ARCHITECT

 

COL/PLD/PL

 

PLANNING DEPARTMENT: PLANS (part)

 

COL/PLD/TP

 

PLANNING DEPARTMENT: TOWN PLANNING (part)

 

COL/RG

 

RECOGNIZANCES

 

COL/RMD/CE

 

REMEMBRANCER'S DEPARTMENT: CEREMONIALS (part)

 

COL/RMD/PA

 

REMEMBRANCER'S DEPARTMENT: PARLIAMENTARY (part)

 

COL/RMD/RM

 

REMEMBRANCER'S DEPARTMENT: REMEMBRANCER'S PAPERS

 

COL/SD

 

SUBJECT SERIES: INDIVIDUALS

 

COL/SF

 

SHERIFFS

 

COL/SJ

 

SUBJECT SERIES: SUBJECTS (part)

 

COL/SP

 

SUBJECT SERIES: PLACES (part)

 

COL/SVD/AD

 

SURVEYOR'S DEPARTMENT: ADMINISTRATION (part)

 

COL/SVD/PL

 

SURVEYOR'S DEPARTMENT: PLANS (part)

 

COL/TCD/AD

 

TOWN CLERKS DEPARTMENT: ADMINISTRATION (part)

 

COL/TCD/CD

 

TOWN CLERKS DEPARTMENT: CIVIL DEFENCE (part)

 

COL/TCD/RG

 

REGISTRATION

 

COL/TSD/PL

 

TECHNICAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT: PLANS (part)

 

COL/WD

 

WARDS

Date: 1067 - 2004
Held by: Corporation of London Record Office: City of London, not available at The National Archives
Arrangement:

The archives of the Corporation of London were reclassified in 2004 and divided between records of the corporation itself and records of those bodies or individuals with which the corporation has or had close ties. This list contains the records of the Corporation of London; its mediaeval administrative records, and for the modern period records of corporation departments. It also contains subject-based series of non-departmental records.

Language: English
Extent: 948 series
Administrative History:

The Corporation of London is the local authority for the City of London or Square Mile, the financial and commercial centre at the heart of the metropolitan area. With its roots in medieval times, it is probably the oldest local authority in the United Kingdom and has an unusually-wide range of responsibilities reflecting both its ancient role as a municipality and its modern-day role as the equivalent of a London Borough.

 

The Corporation of London is also unique in local government as it has no charter of incorporation nor any specific date of establishment: it has evolved organically from earlier bodies. Most other councils in the United Kingdom were either created or substantially reformed in the 19th century or later.

 

Even the name of the Corporation of London presents some difficulties since this present-day title is comparatively modern: it is fairly common by the first half of the 19th century and is used frequently in The 2nd Report of the Commissioners Appointed to Inquire into the Municipal Corporations in England and Wales: London and Southwark, London Companies (1837).

 

Where "Corporation" is used in modern legislation such as City of London (Various Powers) Acts, its meaning is defined as "the Mayor and Commonalty and Citizens of the City of London". This latter title is one of the styles used in the charter of 6 James I, dated 20 September 1608, which also lists the following titles or styles: Mayor and Aldermen of the City of London; Mayor, Citizens and Commonalty of the City of London; Mayor and Commonalty of the City of London; Citizens of the City of London; Barons of London; Barons of the City of London and indeed "any other name whatsoever, by reason or force of any letters patent, charters, or confirmations of any of our progenitors, Kings of England, which in any time or times had reasonably used or exercised". In 1690 an Act of Parliament [2 Wm. & Mary, c. 8] confirming all the privileges of the Corporation of London, declared that the Mayor and Commonalty and Citizens of the City of London should "remain continue, and be, and prescribe to be a body corporate and politick, in re, facto et nomine"

 

Another unusual feature of the Corporation of London is its ability to alter or amend it constitution when it benefits the Corporation of London and City of London to do so, under charters of Edward III (1341) and Richard II (1377 and 1383). This power is exercised by means of Acts of Common Council. Such Acts of the Corporation of London are authenticated by the City or Common Seal which since the 13th century has carried the legend Sigillum Baronum Londiniarum [Seal of the Barons of London]. Although the legal title of the Corporation of London remains the Mayor and Commonalty and Citizens of the City of London, statutory powers are usually conferred on the Court of Common Council, under the designation of the Mayor, Aldermen and Commons of the City of London in Common Council assembled.

 

The early history of the Corporation of London is also difficult to reconstruct since, in both the United Kingdom and the wider European context, there are virtually no ancient cities with administrative records surviving before the 13th century. Evidence has to be gleaned, therefore, from charters and isolated references in accounts, chronicles and custumals (or collections of grants, customs and precedents).

 

In the 10th century, in the reign of King Athelstan, the establishment of eight mints in the City of London (compared with six in Winchester, the capital of Wessex) provides evidence of the prosperity and importance of the federal state of London, a City composed of Wards governed by Aldermen presiding over their Wardmotes [meeting of citizens of a ward] with a Folkmoot [a pre-Conquest general assembly of the people of a city] for the whole City of London meeting at St Paul's Cathedral.

 

In the following century, after the Battle of Hastings in 1066, the victorious William granted the citizens of London a charter ratifying their existing rights and privileges. Although the charter, written in Anglo-Saxon and now dated to c 1067, did not grant any new rights, it was an important confirmation of the privileges and laws enjoyed by the "burgesses within London" in the time of Edward the Confessor [1042-1066]. This royal grant was only the first of many over the centuries which granted or confirmed customs and liberties.

 

Although the City of London continued to retain and to enjoy its independent customs and privileges, it still owed allegiance to the Crown and was bound to support the Royal Exchequer. The ancient office of Sheriff (mentioned in Anglo-Saxon laws of the 7th century), for example, exercised the King's authority over the citizens and collected royal revenues. A key stage in the development of autonomous local government was the right of a town or city to appoint its own officials and hence control its own affairs. In England this came generally through grants of the "farm of the borough" by which townsmen became corporately responsible for paying over the annual royal dues and, by consequence, appointed the officer who accounted for the dues at the Royal Exchequer. Henry I [1100-1135] is known to have made this concession to only two places: Lincoln and London. For a fee, both had obtained control of their own farms and officials by 1130. In the case of the citizens of London, emancipation from the royal financial agent was achieved by a charter from King John, dated 5 July 1199, giving them the right to choose the Sheriffs of both London and Middlesex, a right which was exercised until the 19th century. Since the Local Government Act 1888 [51 & 52 Vict., c. 41] two Sheriffs have continued to be elected but for the City of London alone.

 

The office of Alderman (like that of Sheriff) predates the Norman Conquest but the first mention of an Alderman of London by name is not until the 12th century (1111) while the place-name Aldermanbury appears in 1128. In the 12th and 13th centuries the Wards in the City of London are still mainly identified by the name of their Alderman although the first full list of Wards under permanent names such as Dowgate or Cornhill is dated 1285. Clearly the role of the Aldermen within their Wards played an important part in the development of early local government in the City of London. The roots of municipal government in the City of London are thus found in the activities of the Aldermen in their Wards which in the medieval period provided such public services as existed. Working individually, or in co-operation, the power of the Aldermen grew as the corporate unity of the City of London developed and they exercised both administrative and judicial functions in what became the Court of Aldermen which is generally considered to have developed from the administrative side of the Court of Husting. Until the 18th century the Court of Aldermen was the premier governing body of the City of London and the Aldermen remain an integral part of the Corporation of London.

 

Also integral to the Corporation of London is the office of Mayor (the title of Lord Mayor also being evolutionary and only being in general use from about 1500). In the 12th century, London was the first English town to have a Mayor, Henry Fitz Ailwyn, who first appears around 1189, although the exact circumstances of his becoming Mayor are not known. In 1191 the Londoners secured recognition of the Commune [a municipal corporation or organisation] from Prince John and other magnates. Two years later, the oath of the Commune provides the first tentative evidence in the Corporation of London's archives of the participation by representatives of the Commons of the City when probi homines [reputable men] were to be associated with the Mayor and others for the good rule of the City of London. In May 1215 King John granted the citizens the right to elect annually a Mayor who was one of 25 barons appointed to ensure the terms of Magna Carta (June 1215) were carried out. In the 13th century there are several further examples of people summoned from the Wards to consult on the common affairs of the City of London. By the end of the 14th century a permanent body chosen by the citizens had been established and since the 18th century, this body (now known as the Court of Common Council) has been the main governing body of the City of London.

 

The City of London is also unique in having a separate electoral assembly, Common Hall, for the choice of important municipal officers, including the Lord Mayor and the Sheriffs. Common Hall also formerly elected the Chamberlain but most Chief Officers are now chosen at the Court of Common Council.

 

The Corporation of London performs the ordinary functions of a council for the residential and working population of the City of London, supported by local taxes and funds from central government. These local authority functions include: housing, refuse collection, education, social services, environmental health and town planning. It also runs its own police force, the City of London Police, the Central Criminal Court (the "Old Bailey") and the Barbican Arts Centre as well as maintaining five bridges across the River Thames (Blackfriars, Southwark, London, Tower and, since 2002, the Millennium Bridge).

 

In addition, the Corporation of London provides other special services for the benefit of London and indeed the nation as a whole, often financed from its own funds (City's Cash) and at no cost to the tax and ratepayer. Many of these special services are provided outside the boundaries of the City of London itself and include: owning and maintaining over 10,000 acres of open spaces such as Epping Forest and Hampstead Heath; acting as the Port Health Authority for the whole of the Thames tidal estuary; providing the quarantine station at Heathrow Airport, and acting as a Markets Authority with responsibility for three premier wholesale food markets (Billingsgate, Smithfield and Spitalfields) which supply London and the South East. It also administers the Bridge House Grants Scheme, a charitable grants scheme for Greater London, and is committed to an extensive programme of activities designed to assist its neighbours to combat social deprivation.

 

The Corporation of London operates through the Lord Mayor, Aldermen and Members of the Court of Common Council who are elected by the residents and businesses of the 25 Wards in the City of London.

 

The Court of Aldermen still deals with matters such as the Livery Companies and the Freedom of the City of London but its present-day role has diminished with the development of the Court of Common Council. Much of the work of the Corporation of London is now delegated to the Court of Common Council which is the primary decision-making assembly. The Court of Common Council is non-party political and works through Committees which are mainly made up of Members of the Common Council.

 

The Corporation of London also acts through its officers, some of whose offices originate in the medieval period. The earliest known holders of the office of Town Clerk (now the Chief Executive) and the Chamberlain (the chief financial officer), for example, both date from the 13th century although the offices themselves may date from the 12th century. Others, such as that of the Comptroller and City Solicitor (the head of the legal department), result from the amalgamation of different offices originating from medieval and Elizabethan times. These officers still head their own departments but, in recent years, many formerly separate departments have been amalgamated into directorates covering, for example, Technical Services or Markets or Open Spaces. In a similar way, the Director of Community Services is now responsible for housing, sports development and social services, while the Director of Environmental Services is responsible for services including environmental health, the City of London Cemetery and Crematorium, port health, trading standards, veterinary and cleansing services. Overall the Departments and Directorates are responsible for delivering the wide range of services provided by the Corporation of London.

 

More information about the present-day structure of the Corporation of London and its wide range of activities can be found on its website at www.cityoflondon.gov.uk.

Unpublished Finding Aids:
  • Some records are not included in this catalogue, either because they are non-public or because alternative finding aids are available at the Corporation of London Records Office.

Subjects:
  • Prisons
  • Bridges
  • Open spaces
  • Burial grounds
  • Markets
  • Defence
  • Education
  • Schools
  • School buildings
  • Music education
  • Drama education
  • Health policy
  • Sanitation
  • Sewers
  • Police
  • Harbours
  • Policy making
  • Resource allocation
  • Housing
  • Social services
  • Personnel
  • Rivers
Creator Names:
  • Corporation of London
Conditions of access:

Most records included here are available for public access, although some are available by appointment only, or at the discretion of the Head Archivist of the corporation's Joint Archive Service. A few records are unavailable for general access. Where these conditions apply the individual records are clearly labelled in this list.

Related Material:
  • Catalogues of bodies and individuals associated with the corporation are available separately. A list of the organisations and individuals concerned, along with their 2004 references follows:

     

    CLA/001 CITY OF LONDON MENTAL HOSPITAL

     

    CLA/002 COURT OF ORPHANS, CITY OF LONDON

     

    CLA/003 HOLLOWAY PRISON

     

    CLA/004 MANSION HOUSE JUSTICE ROOM, CITY OF LONDON

     

    CLA/005 GUILDHALL JUSTICE ROOM, CITY OF LONDON

     

    CLA/006 CITY OF LONDON COMMISSIONERS OF SEWERS

     

    CLA/007 BRIDGE HOUSE ESTATES

     

    CLA/008 CITY LANDS ESTATES

     

    CLA/009 MARKETS

     

    CLA/010 BILLINGSGATE MARKET

     

    CLA/011 LEADENHALL MARKET

     

    CLA/012 FOREIGN CATTLE MARKET, DEPTFORD

     

    CLA/013 SPITALFIELDS MARKET

     

    CLA/014 NEWGATE MARKET

     

    CLA/015 METROPOLITAN CATTLE MARKET

     

    CLA/016 SMITHFIELD MARKET

     

    CLA/017 LONDON CENTRAL MARKETS, SMITHFIELD

     

    CLA/018 BRIDGES

     

    CLA/019 SOUTHWARK BRIDGE

     

    CLA/020 TOWER BRIDGE

     

    CLA/021 BLACKFRIARS BRIDGE

     

    CLA/022 LONDON BRIDGE

     

    CLA/023 COURT OF HUSTING, CITY OF LONDON

     

    CLA/024 MAYOR'S COURT, CITY OF LONDON

     

    CLA/025 SHERIFF'S COURT, CITY OF LONDON

     

    CLA/026 CITY OF LONDON COURT

     

    CLA/027 MAYOR'S AND CITY OF LONDON COURT

     

    CLA/028 WOOD STREET COMPTER, LATER GILTSPUR STREET COMPTER

     

    CLA/029 GILTSPUR STREET COMPTER

     

    CLA/030 POULTRY COMPTER

     

    CLA/031 SOUTHWARK COMPTER

     

    CLA/032 PRISONS AND COMPTERS

     

    CLA/033 LUDGATE PRISON

     

    CLA/034 WHITECROSS STREET PRISON

     

    CLA/035 NEWGATE PRISON

     

    CLA/036 THAMES CONSERVANCY COURTS

     

    CLA/037 THAMES

     

    CLA/038 COURT OF REQUESTS, CITY OF LONDON

     

    CLA/039 COURT OF JUDICATURE, CITY OF LONDON

     

    CLA/040 COURTS OF LAW CORPORATION OF LONDON

     

    CLA/041 CITY OF LONDON CORONERS COURT CORPORATION OF LONDON

     

    CLA/042 SOUTHWARK CROWN COURT CORPORATION OF LONDON

     

    CLA/043 MANORS CORPORATION OF LONDON

     

    CLA/044 ROYAL CONTRACT ESTATES CORPORATION OF LONDON

     

    CLA/045 FINSBURY AND HALLIWELL ESTATES CORPORATION OF LONDON

     

    CLA/046 SOUTHWARK SESSIONS CORPORATION OF LONDON

     

    CLA/047 CITY OF LONDON SESSIONS CORPORATION OF LONDON

     

    CLA/048 CITY OF LONDON POLICE CORPORATION OF LONDON

     

    CLA/049 IRISH SOCIETY CORPORATION OF LONDON

     

    CLA/050 CITY OF LONDON LIEUTENANCY CORPORATION OF LONDON

     

    CLA/051 CITY IMPERIAL VOLUNTEERS CORPORATION OF LONDON

     

    CLA/052 CITY OF LONDON CEMETERY AND CREMATORIUM CORPORATION OF LONDON

     

    CLA/053 CITY OF LONDON SCHOOL CORPORATION OF LONDON

     

    CLA/054 CITY OF LONDON SCHOOL FOR GIRLS CORPORATION OF LONDON

     

    CLA/055 CITY OF LONDON FREEMEN'S SCHOOL CORPORATION OF LONDON

     

    CLA/056 GUILDHALL SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND DRAMA CORPORATION OF LONDON

     

    CLA/057 MORGAN FAMILY CORPORATION OF LONDON

     

    CLA/058 DOROTHEA CROMPTON CORPORATION OF LONDON

     

    CLA/059 MAURICE COLE CORPORATION OF LONDON

     

    CLA/060 MADELINE PAYNE CORPORATION OF LONDON

     

    CLA/061 JACOBS FAMILY CORPORATION OF LONDON

     

    CLA/062 GRESHAM COLLEGE AND ROYAL EXCHANGE CORPORATION OF LONDON

     

    CLA/063 EDUCATION CORPORATION OF LONDON

     

    CLA/064 ALMSHOUSES AND HOSPITALS CORPORATION OF LONDON

     

    CLA/065 BETHLEM HOSPITAL CORPORATION OF LONDON

     

    CLA/066 BRIDEWELL HOSPITAL CORPORATION OF LONDON

     

    CLA/067 CHRIST'S HOSPITAL CORPORATION OF LONDON

     

    CLA/068 ROYAL HOSPITALS CORPORATION OF LONDON

     

    CLA/069 SAINT THOMAS HOSPITAL CORPORATION OF LONDON

     

    CLA/070 SAINT BARTHOLOMEW'S HOSPITAL CORPORATION OF LONDON

     

    CLA/071 EMANUEL HOSPITAL CORPORATION OF LONDON

     

    CLA/072 BARBICAN CORPORATION OF LONDON

     

    CLA/073 COAL EXCHANGE AND MARKET CORPORATION OF LONDON

     

    CLA/074 CLUBS AND SOCIETIES CORPORATION OF LONDON

     

    CLA/075 LONDON WORKHOUSE CORPORATION OF LONDON

     

    CLA/076 MUSEUM OF LONDON CORPORATION OF LONDON

     

    CLA/077 EPPING FOREST CORPORATION OF LONDON

     

    CLA/078 OPEN SPACES CORPORATION OF LONDON

     

    CLA/079 CHURCHES CORPORATION OF LONDON

     

    CLA/080 RELIGION CORPORATION OF LONDON

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