Despite the loss of two previous Halls, the Company’s Archive remains remarkably complete. Our records contain great scope for research into the history of the City of London, pageantry, hospitality and charity - in particular education, blind welfare and relief of poor and needy members - and much more.
Series of particular note include:
Charters and Ordinances, 1480 - 1984
Orders of Court, 1538 -
Minutes of Committees reporting to the Court, 1830s -
Registers of Freemen, 1545 -
Registers of Apprentices, 1606-1908
Wardens’ Account books, 1528-1766
Title deeds and other property records, fourteenth century -
Irish Estate records, seventeenth - nineteenth centuries
Papers, account books and property records relating to charitable trusts administered by the Company, seventeenth century -
We also maintain the archive of Mary Datchelor Girls’ School, of which the Company was governor until its closure in 1981.
Although we do not actively collect former members’ papers, the Archive is fortunate to hold a small number of deposited manuscript collections.
These include the correspondence and papers of Alderman Samuel Turner, Lord Mayor of London, 1732 - 1787; the Samuel Gregory collection of Clothworker ephemera, sixteenth to mid-nineteenth centuries; and the Angell Papers, a Victorian collection of research notes and illustrations regarding the history of the Company and its home.