Sun Fire Office

This record is held by Bristol Record Office

Details of Sun Fire Office
Title: Sun Fire Office
Reference: 37165
Description:

Policy Books

 

Policies

 

Receipts and other papers

 

Historical notes, articles and related correspondence

 

Sun Fire Office

 

Salamander Fire Office Society

 

Bristol Crown Fire Office

 

Bath Fire Office and Bath Sun Fire Office

 

Photographs

 

Printed books

 

Maps

 

Plates

Date: 1776-1976
Held by: Bristol Record Office, not available at The National Archives
Language: English
Extent: 8 series
Administrative History:

The Sun Fire Office was founded in London in April 1710 and is now the oldest existing insurance company in the world. This collection contains the policy books of its Bristol agency from 1820. These include details of policies for private individuals, businesses, schools, chapels and some public buildings and institutions, e.g. Bath Assembly Rooms (37165/1/12) and Bristol Zoo (37165/1/11) and Bristol and Exeter Railway Company (37165/1/10). A Branch Office was established here in 1880 dealing with the West of England and following the success of this branch offices were set up in other cities.

 

There are historical notes in this collection relating to the following local fire offices purchased by the Sun Fire Office:

 

Date of Purchase Name When founded

 

1827 Bath Fire Office 1767

 

1835 Salamander Fire Office Society- so called from 1822, formerly Wilts. and Western Assurance Society 1790

 

1837 Bristol Crown Fire (or Insurance) Office 1718

 

1838 Bath Sun Fire Office 1776

 

The Sun Life Assurance Society is a separate life business company founded in 1810 by the Directors of the Sun [see 37165/6/1 for a printed treatise on life assurance by the actuary to this company].

 

Under an act of 1891 the Sun Fire Office became the Sun Insurance Office with new powers under which an Accident Department was created in 1907. In 1960 the Sun merged with Alliance Insurance [founded 1824] to form Sun Alliance Insurance Ltd. and as a result of a subsequent merger with the London Assurance [formed 1720] is now part of the Sun Alliance and London Insurance Group.

Creator Names:
  • Sun Fire Office
Immediate Source Of Acquisition:
  • Policy books, policies, photographs etc. relating to the Sun Fire Office and insurance companies purchased by it, deposited by the Sun Alliance and London insurance Group 18 July 1979

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