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THE LONDON AND SUBURBAN LAND AND BUILDING COMPANY LTD RECORDS
Records in this list are primarily financial, but also include rough minute books.
1863 - 1964
The main records of the Company are retained at the offices of Clarebrooke Holdings at 11 Buckingham Street, London WC2N 6DF. Application for access should be made to the Director and Company secretary Mr R.J. Harbour, in writing.
The London and Suburban Land and Building Company Ltd, 1863-1973
Immediate source of acquisition:
Date of deposit: October 1985
Deposited by: Moores & Rowland, Accountants, as authorised by Clarebrooke Holdings Ltd
Condition of deposit: Donation
The notes in this introduction were compiled from information supplied by the Business Archives Council. A list of the records still held by Clarebrooke Holdings Ltd will be found in Company Archives by Leslie Miller and Bridget Stockford (Business Archives Council, 1985), which is a survey of the records of the earliest companies registered in England and Wales to be incorporated.
Administrative / biographical background:
The London and Suburban Land and Building Company was formed after the 11th annual general meeting of the London and Suburban Freehold Land and Building Society in 1863. The latter had been one of the associations set up to enable members to buy freehold land and so obtain a vote. It was established in 1852.
The new Company bought small amounts of property thoughout London and the suburbs, and rented them out on long leases. This included land in the Clapton Park Estate (Homerton, Hackney and Lower Clapton) and at Grove Road, Victoria Park. In recent years once the lease has expired, the property has been sold to the sitting tenant.
In the early years of the Company there were financial difficulties and at one point the then company secretary absconded. The firm was saved by its accountant, a Mr Neville, who obtained control of the Company. In 1973 his son sold it to Clarebrooke Holdings/Wiltonbridge Ltd.