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London Livery Companies

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Derek Keene & Vanessa Harding (editors)

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1985

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'Sources: London Livery Companies', A Survey of Documentary Sources for Property Holding in London before the Great Fire: London Record Society, 22 (1985), pp. 12-36. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=64577 Date accessed: 01 October 2014.


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LONDON LIVERY COMPANIES

Fraternities and associations of Londoners for various purposes existed in the early Middle Ages, but it was not until the later 14C that some of them became corporate bodies and began to acquire lands, in London and elsewhere, with which to support their activities. Many companies holding lands for chantry purposes lost them in 1548, or sold other lands in order to redeem rents and charges, but continued to build up their estates thereafter. Widespread acquisition of city properties, however, had virtually ceased by c. 1600. On the eve of the Great Fire the estates of the largest companies comprised properties in more than 40 parishes. The lesser companies, however, may have held property or rents in only one or two parishes, and some had no freehold estate at all, leasing or renting accommodation for meetings and dinners.

The records of the 83 companies which existed in or before 1666 were searched for references to property-holding up to that date; 54 archives contained such material. A few companies lost their records in the Fire but otherwise survival has been good. The records consist principally of deeds and wills, some registers and lease books, rentals and accounts, minute books, plans, and surveys; in the case of large estates acquired piecemeal the coverage changes almost from year to year. The records of the majority of the companies are in GL, although individual items may be resumed by companies from time to time, and occasionally further items, having come to light at company halls, are sent to GL. See GL, Guide to the archives of city Livery Companies and related organisations in Guildhall Library (pamphlet, 1982). The Report of the Royal Commission on the City of London Livery Companies (C. 4073; 3 vols., 1884) is a useful introduction to the companies' endowments and charitable obligations.

Descriptions of the archives, including those of the 'Great Twelve' companies, and records kept outside GL, are arranged alphabetically by company.

16. Society of Apothecaries

Unless otherwise stated, the estate lay in 25. The records are in GL.

a. MSS 8263, 8265–6, 8269: deeds and papers, 17C to 19C.

b. MS 8202/1: wardens' a/c bk., 1626–68, receipts of rent from 1633–4 onwards.

c. MSS 8200/1–2: court minute bks., 1617–80 (concern company property from 1632; also ref. to Bucklersbury in 1630). MS 8201/1: rough court minute bk., 1661–72.

17. Armourers' and Brasiers' Company

Unless otherwise stated, the estate was as follows:

A: 4, 19, 20, 45, 46, 142, 150, 152, 155 (the properties in 19, 20, and 46 appear to have been sold before 1600).

B (in 17C records only): 21, 43, Frenchurch Street.

The records are in GL.

a. MSS 12114, 12119–23, 12125, 12128–31, 12136, 12139: deeds, 14C to 17C. MSS 12124, 12140: deeds and chantry certificates concerning the company's chantries (including certificate for par. church of St. Peter Paul's Wharf), 14C to 16C (estate A; also refs. to 9, 21, 37, 49, 53, 62, 63, 120, 138, 159). Most locations identified in GL catalogue cards; see also typescript calendar and index, comp. 1922 (MS 12103).

b. MS 12137: folder of wills, 1398–1636 (4, 21, 45, 142, 152, Fenchurch Street; also ref. to 149). MS 12101: abs. of title comp. 1662 (estates A and B, except 19, 20, 46). MS 12100: abs. of leases, c. 1646–c. 1690.

c. MS 12098: rentals 1610–1863, incl. rents and dates of leases. MSS 12065/1–4: wardens' a/cs, 1497–1707, incl. receipts and payments of rents and expenditure on repairs.

d. MSS 12071/1–3: court bks., 1413–1675, incl. details on leases and management of estate. MS 12072: draft court minute bk., 1643–70.

e. MS 12141: late 16C papers on lands of this and other companies formerly held as chantry endowments (also refs. to 11, 78, 105, 144, 160).

f. MS 12104: plan bk. 1679.

18. Bakers' Company

Unless otherwise stated, the estate lay in: 43, 53, 108, Eastcheap, Fleet Street, Tower Street, Warwick Lane. The records are in GL.

a. MSS 5174/1–4: audit bks., 1491–1667; individual receipts and payments of rent are recorded, but the properties cannot always be identified. MS 5174/1 also incl. refs. to hiring a hall in 126 (f. 1v), to evidences concerning property in 93 (f. 30), and to the company's hall in Basing Lane (f. 30v); MS 5174/2 incl. copies of wills (ff. 3–14v).

b. MSS 5177/1–5: court minute bks., 1537–1677, incl. records of leases and fines.

19. Barber-Surgeons' Company

Unless otherwise stated, the estate lay in: 43, 53, 74, 132, 144, 152. The records were in GL, but the earlier items have been returned to BarberSurgeons' Hall.

a. MS 9826: deeds 15C to 17C (no refs. to 53, 144). MS 1108: bound miscellanea, incl. 15C will (53).

b. MS 9822: expired leases, 17C (no refs. to 53, 74).

c. MSS 5255/1–2: masters' and renter wardens' a/c bks., 1603–72; receipts of rents, fines on leases, and quit-rents (estate plus rents from Dowgate (? Swan Alley in) and Lombard Street). MS 5255A: masters' rough a/c bk., 1654–5.

d. MSS 5257/1–5: court minute bks., 1551–1651; administration of estate as in a/c bks. (some refs. to properties can be identified from marginal notes).

20. Blacksmiths' Company

The estate lay in 18, 152, possibly 100; the hall in 112 was leasehold. The records are in GL.

a. MSS 8151–3: deeds, leases and 19C abs. of title, 16C to 19C (18, 152).

b. MS 5535: memoranda and ordinances, incl. 15C will (100), 15C suit for lease (112).

c. MSS 2883/1–5: wardens' a/cs, incl. rent receipts 1509–65 (tenements not named), 1595–1680, and fines for leases; also rent paid for hall (112); MS 2883/2 incl. tithe dispute (112).

d. MSS 2881/1–7: court minute bks., 1605–62; some information on leases. MS 2882/1: court minute bk., 1625–33; rough, similar to MS 2881.

21. Brewers' Company

Unless otherwise stated, the estate lay in: 4, 13, 38, 45, 46, 62, 71, 99. The records are in GL.

a. MSS 5503–4, 5509, 5517, 5519, 6809, 6811–12, 6814: deeds, late 13C to 18C (pars. or streets named on GL catalogue cards; no refs. to 4). The following contain 14C and 17C refs. to property not acquired by the company or not acquired until after 1666: MS 6809 (78, 104), MS 6810 (47, 60), MS 15175 (124).

b. MS 5462: benefactors' bk., comp. c. 1650–1750; incl. abs. of title, 14C– 17C, and later rentals (topographical index). MS 5462A: register of wills etc., 1509–1714, comp. 17C–18C; incl. records of annuities from 152 and register of leases 1552–1772 (index of personal names). MS 5461: lease bk. 1668–82.

c. MS 5440: a/c and memoranda bk., 1414–40 (extracts in A Book of London English, 1384–1425, ed. R. W. Chambers and Marjorie Daunt (1931), 140–91; brief calendar in MS 5441); receipts of rent from hall and adjacent tenements (49); expenditure on repairs; many records of brewers' offences naming the places where they plied their trade. MSS 5442/1–7: wardens' a/c bks., 1502–1672; receipts of rents and fines on leases (estate, plus 152 and Houndsditch in 17C). MS 7886: renter wardens' a/c bk., 1663–75 (estate plus 152 and Houndsditch).

d. MSS 5445/1–20: court minute bks., 1531–1671; administration of estate as in wardens' a/c bks. (topographical index in MS 5446/1).

22. Broderers' Company

The estate lay in: 2, 32, 38, 112, 144, 158, 159. The records are in GL.

a. MSS 14679, 14686–7, 14695–6, 14792, 14804: deeds, incl. leases and abs. of title, 13C to 20C (estate plus 47; pars. mostly named on GL catalogue cards).

b. MSS 14703, 14791: abs. of title, 18C and 19C (estate plus 126). MS 14690: papers relating to charities, 19C, incl. abs. of title, 16C to 18C (32). MS 14702: schedules of deeds, 19C.

23. Butchers' Company

The records are in GL.

a. MSS 6464, 6467: deeds, leases, inquisitions, 16C to 18C (21, 61, 83; also (in MS. 6464) refs. to 85, 87, 89, 125, 136). MS 10581: papers incl. copy deed and schedule of deeds, 17C (61).

b. MS 6468, leases, 16C and 17C (47).

c. MS 6440/1–2; wardens' a/cs, 1543–1644, rents and repairs noted but no locations.

24. Carpenters' Company

The estate lay in: 14, 19, 45, 51, 64, 141, Whitefriars. Some records also deal with views and works in many areas; cf. below, e. The records are in GL.

a. MS 8325: deeds, 16C to 17C (141; also refs. to 13, 25, 38, 43, 48, 53, 62, 78, 89, 118, 144, 152). MS 8326: deeds etc., 16C to 19C (19, 51). MS 8327: deed, 1561 (77). MS 8329: deeds, 16C to 17C (64).

b. MS 8330: lease and papers, 17C (14).

c. MS 4340: abs. of title deeds, comp. c. 1690 and later, incl. deeds, wills, leases, 15C to 19C (estate except Whitefriars; also 77). MS 4332: will bk., comp. c. 1660 and later; wills and abs. of leases (estate except 64, Whitefriars). MS 4329A: abs. and memoranda bk., comp. c. 1639 and later; incl. copy or abs. wills, leases, 16C to 17C (estate).

d. MS 4326/1 (printed as Records of the Carpenters' Company ii, ed. B. Marsh, 1914): wardens' a/cs, 1438–1516, rents, repairs (14, Lime Street). MSS 4326/2–10: wardens' a/cs, 1546–1670 (a/cs for 1546–91 printed in Records of the Carpenters' Company iv–v, ed. B. Marsh, J. Ainsworth, 1916, 1937); rent receipts (estate). MS 4344/1: wardens' vouchers and receipts, incl. rents, 1602–4 (14, 19, 51).

e. MSS 4329/1–6: court minute bks., 1533–94, 1600–70 (minutes 1533–94 printed as Records of the Carpenters' Company iii, vi, ed. B. Marsh, J. Ainsworth, 1915, 1939); grants of leases, fines, views. MS 7784: court papers (15 files), 1600–32, incl. views of company and other properties.

25. Clockmakers' Company

The records, now in GL, contain nothing on property holding before 1666. MS 3974 incl. a copy of a list of clockmakers in London and Westminster in 1662 arranged under street headings.

26. Clothworkers' Company

Unless otherwise stated, the estate lay in: 2, 10, 13, 20, 32, 43, 48, 51, 53, 59, 60, 71, 74, 77, 78, 81, 89, 98, 100, 106, 118, 124, 131, 134, 141, 144, 152, 155, precinct or parish of St. James in the Wall, Whitefriars; also (from mid 16C) Queenhithe. The records are at Clothworkers' Hall.

a. Deeds and leases, 13C to 20C: arranged by modern locations, in Boxes 1, 3–6, 9, 12, 14, 15, 19, 21, 26–30, 52, 54–62, 66, 68, 74, and misc. box file; also incl. refs. to 19 (Box 1); 127, Bearbinder Lane (Box 5); 24, 85, 87, 116, 129 (Box 6); 4, 26 (Box 12); 46 (Boxes 19, 26, 55, 66); 18, 62 (Box 27); 132 (Box 28); 93 (Box 56); 12 (Box 59); 104 (Box 60); 5, 62, 93 (Box 68). There are TS schedules of the contents of boxes, noting only estate properties.

b. 'Wills Book': register of deeds and wills, comp. 16C to 18C, incl. copy wills 15C to 18C, copy leases 16C, memoranda of bequests. Report on the state of the company, 1653: incl. list of quit-rents payable, rent total for 1652, inventory of goods at hall. Bk. comp. 1741: lists benefactors, and abs. conveyances to company (incl. wills) from 1456. 'Register of Trusts', comp. 1837: conveyances, trusts and arrangements, 15C to 19C.

c. 'Benefactors' Book': rental c. 1574, arranged by donor, incl. details of current lease and net value (2, 10, 13, 53, 74, 78, 98, 100, 118, 131, 134, 141, 152, Fenchurch Street, Whitefriars). 'Book of Lands': rental 1605 with later additions (as Benefactors' Bk.; also Queenhithe). Bk. of particulars of leases, 1662: details of donors of and charges on tenements. 2 similar bks. of particulars, 1669, 1670: incl. details of pre-Fire leases still current. Renter and quarter-wardens' a/cs, 10 vols. 1528–1670: rents and (in early vols.) repairs in former, fines for leases and receipts from sales of property in latter.

d. Orders of courts, 1536–1683 (12 vols. incl. duplicates; courts are dated by month of master's office, not calendar month): court minutes, incl. views, grants of leases and tenancies; TS transcript of vol. 1 (1536–58); 'Summaries' (5 vols. of 20C transcripts of contemp. side-headings) for 1558–1639. often useful for identifying grants of leases, views etc.; index to orders of courts 1639–1777 (but n.b. that leases usually indexed under tenants' names); cf. two 19C bks. of extracts from court orders 17C to 19C, one arranged chronologically, one by subjects (e.g. hall, leases).

e. Ralph Treswell's plan bk., 1612 with later 17C and 18C additions: detailed ground plans of estate with memoranda of tenants and leases, also information on upper floors; some plans and accompanying information published as LTS publications nos. 72–5 (1938–41) and LTR 18 (1942), 51–97.

27. Cooks' Company

The records are in GL (many were destroyed in 1940).

a. MS 9989, bk. of abs. of deeds comp. 1735–64 (42, 14C to 16C; 117, 16C to 18C; Crooked Lane, 17C). The same material also appears in: MS 3115, register of wills, comp. c. 1755 (also incl. deed and a/cs for annuity in 134 and Fire Ct. decree concerning 117); MS 5908, schedule of deeds, comp. c. 1750 (one deed also refers to 92).

28. Coopers' Company

The estate lay in 56, 60, 71, 123, 125, 141, Billiter Lane, Thames Street; also 4 or 53 to c. 1560. The records are in GL.

a. MSS 7531, 7533–4, 15177: deeds and leases, c. 1299 to 1937 (71, 123, 125, 141; also ref. to 13 (in MS 15177)).

b. MS 7549: wills and benefactors' bk., 1468–1844, incl. copy deeds and wills, 15C and 16C (4 or 53, 123, 125). MS 5618/1: list of benefactors, comp. c. 1718; incl. copy wills and deeds (4, 56, 123, 125). MS 7696: general register, comp. c. 1850–1950; lists title deeds, wills, 1429–1598 (4, 60).

c. MS 5621: annual views or rentals, 1595–1706 (estate above, except Billiter Lane). MSS 5606/1–4: wardens' a/c bks., 1529–1735, incl. rent receipts, fines for leases, and assignments (estate, but locations not always given). MSS 5607/1–5: wardens' rough a/c bks. 1621–78; contents as MSS 5606/1–4.

d. MSS 5602/1–5: court minute bks., 1567–1627, 1642–77, incl. grants of leases, assignments; MS 5602/3 incl. copy wills, 16C (123, 125); contemp. name index in vols. 3–5. MSS 5603/1–4: rough court minute bks., 1552– 67, 1608–16, 1623–41; similar material to MS 5602.

29. Cordwainers' Company

The records are in GL. Cf. C. H. W. Mander, History of the Guild of Cordwainers (1931), 131–8.

a. MS 7375: deeds (10, 17C; 118, 14C). MS 7371: deeds, 14C to 18C (89; also ref. to 92).

b. MS 14318: charter bk. comp. 17C–18C, cont. copies of deeds, 14C– 16C (89, 108); copies of deeds, wills, and leases, 16C–17C (46, 54, 108, 132, 152, 155).

c. MSS 7351/1–2: audit bks., 1595–1678, incl. receipts of rent (10, 12, 54, 77, 89, 108, 152, 155, Golden Lane).

d. MSS 7353/1–2: court bks., 1622–88, incl. grants and alienations of leases (locations not always given, but presumably as above in c; there is a ref. to George Yard in 104).

e. MS 7528: plan 1667 (77, 89).

30. Curriers' Company

The estate lay in 15 and possibly elsewhere. The records are in GL.

a. MSS 14346/1–2: wardens' a/cs, 1556–94, 1627–73; rent receipts (locations not always given).

b. MS 6112/1: court minute bk., 1628–58, incl. receipts of fines for leases (locations not given).

31. Cutlers' Company

Unless otherwise stated, the estate lay in: 5, 42, 43, 46, 54, 74, 126, 152; 20, 73, from mid 17C. The records are in GL.

a. MSS 7181, 7202, 7204: papers, 18C to 19C, incl. abs. of title and copy wills, 15C to 18C (43, 54, 152). MS 18879: deeds and leases, 14C to 18C (74, 126). MSS 18883–5: leases and papers, 15C to 19C (73). MSS 18889– 91: deeds, leases, and papers, 14C to 18C (42). MSS 18895–8, 18908, 19895: deeds and leases, 15C to 18C (46). MSS 18894, 19894: deeds and leases, 16C to 17C (152). MS 18909: assignment, 17C (54). MS 19896: deeds and leases, 16C to 18C (43).

b. MS 7174: bk. incl. memoranda, c. 1666, of current leases and rents. MS 660/2: bk. incl. 18C memoranda of leases, 16C to 17C (74, 126, elsewhere unspecified).

c. MS 7164: inventories and terriers, 1586, 1624. MSS 7146/1–36: masters' and wardens' a/c rolls, incl. rentgatherers' a/cs, 1441–97, some years missing (5, 74, 126). MS 7147/1: wardens' a/c bk., 1586–1621, incl. renter wardens' rent receipts, fines for leases.

d. MS 7151/1: court minute bk., 1602–70, incl. grants of leases (locations not always given).

e. MS 7166: 17C memoranda bk. of rebuilding of hall 1660–66 (126). MSS 7180, 18878: plans and surveyors' reports, 19C (estate as above).

32. Drapers' Company

For most purposes, the records treat the company's Corporate and Trust estates together, but the deeds relating to some of the Trust properties are catalogued separately. Unless otherwise stated, the estate was as follows:

A (Corporate and Trust, mostly acquired before 1560): 4, 11, 13, 15, 21, 26, 37, 42, 44, 48, 53, 56, 62, 74, 78, 80, 85, 87, 88, 90, 96, 98, 100, 103, 104, 108, 112, 116, 118, 119, 123, 124, 126, 128, 134, 137, 141, 148, 152, 155, 157.

B (Trust, mostly acquired after c. 1550): 4, 37, 48, 54, 56, 68, 103, 152. See W. A. Thompson, History of the [Drapers'] Company's properties and trusts (1939–40). The records are at Drapers' Hall.

a. Deeds and leases: Corporate catalogue, arranged by parish (5 vols. + index), late 12C to 20C (estate A; also 49, 149; also refs. to 9, 10, 14, 36, 39, 43, 46, 51, 64, 71, 81, 83, 111, 120, 125, 136, 145, 156, Blackfriars); Trust catalogue, arranged by trust (5 vols.), 14C to 20C (estate B; also 62, 113, 118, 127, 132, 151, and advowson of 124; also refs. to 21, 45, 46, 51, 108).

b. CR1: bk. of evidences cont. copy deeds and wills, 12C to 16C, comp. 16C with additions (11, 13, 21, 26, 44, 45, 48, 51, 53, 56, 62, 80, 90, 98, 100, 103, 104, 108, 121, 123, 124, 126, 128, 137, 141, 148, 152, 155, 157). CR2: bk. of evidences, cont. copy and abs. deeds and wills, 14C to 17C, comp. ?17C (4, 13, 15, 21, 37, 44, 48, 49, 54, 56, 80, 87, 88, 90, 98, 100, 103, 112, 118, 128, 134, 137, 141, 148, 152, 155). CR5: 'Extracts from Wills', 1562–1667, comp. c. 1625 with additions (21, 48, 53, 62, 90, 108). CR6: extracts from wills, notes of trusts, c. 1634–1681 (26, 37, 48, 68, 88, 152). Vols. +419, +419a: schedule of trust estates, comp. 17C, incl. extracts from deeds, late 15C to 17C (estate A, except 21, 42, 62, 74, 85, 108, 112, 116, 119, 126, 148; also 43, 49). BL/A4: remembrance of charities, comp. 1625–31, incl. abs. wills, 16C to 17C (37, 88, 112, 151, Thames Street). BL/A3: bequests, 1563–1674, comp. c. 1680 (21, 43, 53, 90, 108, 151). BL/A1: memoranda of trusts, 16C to 18C, comp. ?18C; benefactors' names. Vol. +783: memoranda of trusts. incl. will 1655 (62). Vol. +379: memoranda of deeds and leases, 15C to 17C, comp. mid-17C (62, 104, Gutter Lane, Well Alley and Swan Alley). CR4, Record Bk. of Leases, 1538–1602: comp. 1570 and later (56, 116, Thames Street, Tower Street). CR3, Remembrances of Leases, 1614–59: comp. c. 1642 and later (4, 11, 21, 26, 80, 87, 88, 98, 103, 118, 148, 155, 157, Cheapside, Cornhill, Dowgate, Eastcheap, London Wall, Love Lane, Mark Lane, Tower Street). DB2, Dinner Bk.: incl. lease assignments 1617–19 (21, 74, 88, 103, 104, 116, 118, 126, 128, 152, 155, 157). BL3, Administration of Loans: incl. fines for leases, 1627–35 (4, 11, 26, 37, 56, 80, 87, 88, 103, 128, 137, 157, Cheapside, Cornhill, Dowgate, Mark Lane, Thames Street, Tower Street, and others not located).

c. RR1: rental, 1580–4 (estate A, except 42, 74, 78, 85, 96, 112, 141). RR2: rough rentals, 1652–80 (as RR1, also 54, 74). WA1, wardens' a/cs 1413, 1423–6, 1428–30, 1433–5, 1439–41: rents and repairs (48, 103, 104, 157, and places not named). RA1, renters' a/cs 1481–5: rents and repairs (11, 48, 63, 103, 104, 157). RA2–8, 10–12, 14, renters' a/cs, fair and rough, 1506–1674: rents, repairs to c. 1570. RA9, 13, renters' cashbks., 1628–31, 1657–64. WA3–20/6, wardens' a/cs 1508–1668: fines for leases, some rents. RW1–51, renter wardens' a/cs 1605–66 (rough drafts for wardens' a/cs): fines for leases, some rents. See also MB1.

d. OB1: ordinance bk., 1405, incl. copy grant (103). OB2: bk. of charters, ordinances, 17C, incl. charter of James I confirming lands. MB1–14: minute bks., 1515–1667, incl. lease agreements, settlements of disputes, rough wardens' a/cs to 1530 (MB2, 3: rough min. bks., 1525–6, 1531–6); no index before 1603, but MB12 (17C bk. of extracts to 1603, relating chiefly to property) is useful. Vols. +118, +119: 17C indexes to MB13, 14 from 1603, incl. refs. to leases, land. WM1: wardens' rough minutes, 1659–1701, incl. grants of leases.

e. Vol. +420: 16C bk. of precedents, incl. copy deeds, leases (2, 20, 39, 47, 51, 60, 62, 63, 111, 123, 124, 141, 151, 156, 159, Bishopsgate, Bread Street).

f. Individual plans: 1596, property in 103; early 17C, hall in 148. Plan bk., 1698 (estates A and B).

33. Dyers' Company

The estate lay in: 12, 20, 74, 150. The records are at Dyers' Hall and in GL.

a. GL, MSS 10072, 15463, 15464 (Vintners' Co.): deeds, 1439–1739 (12; also refs. to 71, 96).

b. Dyers' Hall, 'Green Book', comp. 18C: abs. of deeds, leases, 16C to 18C. Dyers' Hall, 'Estate book and List of Title Deeds', comp. 1852 and later: memoranda of title, abs. of deeds, 16C to 20C.

c. Dyers' Hall, bk. of estate plans, 1721 (formerly GL, MS 8185, returned to company).

34. Fishmongers' Company

Incorporates Stockfishmongers' Company. Unless otherwise stated, the estate was as follows:

A: 9, 19, 20, 23, 43, 44, 46, 51, 53, 62, 77, 78, 80, 85, 87, 89, 93, 108, 112, 114, 116, 125, 127, 131, 135, 152. All properties in 20, 23, 43, 152 appear to have been sold in 1550.

B: from late 16C property also held in 42, St. Katharine's Precinct, and Wood Street.

Unless otherwise stated, the records are in GL.

a. MSS 6687–714, 6718–19, 6742–3: deeds, late 13C to 20C (estate A; pars. mostly named on GL catalogue cards; also refs. to 13 (MS 6684), 15 (MS 6692), 56 (MS 6687), 105 (MS 6695), 156 (MS 6687)).

b. MSS 6925, 6927, 6929–31, 6934, 6936–9, 6943, 6945–6, 6948, 6950–1, 6955–7, 6959, 6961, 6973: expired leases, mid 17C to 20C (estate A and B; streets named on GL catalogue cards). See also 37.

c. Fishmongers' Hall, bk. labelled '67': will bk. incl. some deeds, comp. early 16C to late 17C (estate A and B, except for 62; also 158). Fishmongers' Hall, several other vols. of 18C and 19C extracts from earlier wills: see also GL, MSS 6367, 6763.

d. MSS 5561/1,2: prime wardens' a/c bks., 1636–82, receipts of fines on leases, expenditure on hall. MS 5562/1: prime wardens' (in fact renter wardens') a/c bk., 1646–67; receipts of rent. MSS 5563/1–3: renter wardens' a/c bks. 1647–70: receipts of rent under street headings and payment of quitrents. These concern estates A and B and probably 61.

e. Fishmongers' Hall, Bk. of Ordinances: principally ordinances written 1509, also deeds (9, 77). MSS 5570/1–5, Court Ledgers, 1592–1699: minute bks., incl. partics. of leases etc. (full TS calendar and index (GL, S.L37/F.537) and useful 19C indexes (MSS 5572/1–5)).

f. Papers, 16C–18C: refs. to 54 (MS 10975), 77 (MS 10013), 78 (MS 10975), 112 (MS 5835), Abchurch Lane (MS 7286). Letters and papers concerning properties destroyed in 1666 (MS 5857).

g. Fishmongers' Hall, Plan Bk., 1686: drawn surveys by William Leybourn (cf. GL, Prints and Drawings, Pr L37: plan of land in Fenchurch Street). See also plan bks. of c. 1740 (GL, MSS 5860/1,2) and 1772 (at Fishmongers' Hall) and uncatalogued late 17C to 19C 'Fishmongers' Plans', folio iv, in GL, Prints and Drawings.

35. Founders' Company

The estate (hall and other properties) lay in 88. The records are in GL.

a. MS 6357: deeds and leases, 1531–1700, incl. plans of hall 1700, 1767 (88; also ref. to 104). MS 6356: 18C abs. of title, 1531–97 (88).

b. MSS 6330/1,2: wardens' a/c bks., 1497–1681, incl. rent receipts from 1540.

c. MS 6335: extracts of court orders 1603–38 (from court minutes), incl. lease 1615.

36. Girdlers' Company

The estate lay in: 77, 98, 123, 125, 152. The records are in GL.

a. MSS 5791–3, 5798–9: deeds and leases, 14C to 19C, incl. (MS 5793) plan 1696 (77); also ref. (MS 5799) to 62.

b. MS 5817: account of benefactions, comp. 15C to 16C, incl. copy wills, lists of deeds, 15C to 16C (77, 123, 125).

c. MS 5814A/1: wardens' a/cs, 1654–71, incl. receipts of rent, fines for leases.

d. MS 5803: bk. of court orders 1623–1742, comp. c. 1750 from minute bks. now lost, arranged alphabetically by subject; a few refs. to properties (by tenants' names).

37. Glaziers' Company

The records are in GL.

a. MS 5758, deeds and leases (severely damaged), 16C to 17C (114; also ref. (16C) to 96).

38. Goldsmiths' Company

Unless otherwise stated the estate was as follows:

A (acquired before c. 1500): 2, 5, 10, 11, 13, 23, 30, 42, 45, 46, 53, 54, 60, 62, 74, 75, 85, 92, 100, 104, 105, 120, 124, 128, 129, 132, 137, 141, 144, 145, 151, 152, 159. Properties in 10, 11, 13, 30, 53, 74, 105, 128, 141, 145, appear to have been sold in or before 1550: cf. MS 1524, Bk. 1, p. 102.

B (acquired after c. 1500): 47 (earlier 137, 152), 48, 56 (acq. 1620), 84 (acq. 1648), 112, 135, 155 (? sold 1550).

The records are at Goldsmiths' Hall.

a. Title deeds, 16C to 20C, listed in a modern schedule arranged by property; those earlier than 1700 concern 5, 23, 42, 45, 46, 60, 62, 75, 100, 120, 132, 144, 151, 159. The deeds also incl. grant, 1393 (= HR 121 (192)) concerning 5, 11, 75, 120, 137, 144, 145, 151, 152, 159.

b. 'Register of Deeds': copies of deeds and wills 13C to 17C, comp. 1417– 1657 (MS E/III 2 contains abs. of wills entered in this register to 1625). MS 1647: register of deeds and wills comp. 1726, incl. 17C deeds (75, 84). MS 1943: 19C will bk., incl. plans of company properties. MS 1913: bk. listing all company leases in 1610 with later additions (also ref. to a leasehold property in 105; MS 1930 cont. same information for 1638–97). MSS 1729, 1737, 1915 (part): bks. of copies of leases, c. 1650–70. MSS 1915 (part), 1916–18: minutes of committee of contractors for leases, recording negotiations for leases, c. 1650–75. MS 1924: register of assignments of company leases. MSS 1725, 1727, 1730: extracts from leases c. 1650–18C (incl. refs. to plans of 1692, see below, f).

c. MSS 1518–48: wardens' a/cs and court minutes, 1332–1659. Most of the volumes up to early 17C incl. a rough 19C schedule of contents (see also W. S. Prideaux, Memorials of the Goldsmiths' Company, 1896–7); later vols. incl. contemporary indexes of persons and some other matters. The vols. do not record rent receipts in detail and do not regularly incl. the total sums received. Most grants of leases appear to be recorded but are difficult to identify with specific properties; few of them are noted in the 19C schedules. MS 1518 incl. copies of deeds concerning 75; MS 1521 incl. detailed records of the whole estate in 1494–7 (pp. 41–5, 149–225, 287–96). The 15C records of quarterage payments enumerate goldsmiths according to the streets or areas where they plied their trade; there are also 16C and 17C lists of goldsmiths holding shops in Cheapside and Lombard Street (cf. T. F. Reddaway, 'Elizabethan London: Goldsmiths' Row in Cheapside, 1558–1645', Guildhall Miscellany vol. 2, no. 5 (1963), 181–206).

d. MS 2524, Book of Ordinances and Statutes, 1478–83 (printed in T. F. Reddaway and Lorna E. M. Walker, The Early History of the Goldsmiths' Company, 1327–1509 (1975), 209–74): incl. ordinances relating to estate management.

e. MS 1731: detailed description of the company's tenements, 1651, with some additions, 1670–1. Former GL, MS 8757 (now at Goldsmiths' Hall): file of draft leases and other papers, 17C–18C.

f. Loose plans of company properties, surveyed 1692 and indexed in MS 2839. See also above, b.

39. Grocers' Company

Unless otherwise stated, the estate was as follows:

A: 9, 11, 26, 45, 48, 53, 62, 85, 88, 92, 103, 104, 123, 124, 128, 132, 142, 148, 149, 152, 156, Thames Street nr. Baynards Castle.

B (William Laxton's bequest, 1556): 157, Abchurch Lane, Bush Lane, Candlewick Street, Eastcheap, St. Nicholas Lane, Sherborne Lane.

Unless otherwise stated, the records are in GL.

a. Grocers' Hall, deeds and copy deeds, 16C to 20C (2, 44, 45, 124, 132); also post-Fire deeds and leases, 17C to 20C (98, 105, 142, 148, 157); catalogues (1965) at Grocers' Hall.

b. MS 11616: register of evidences begun 1524, indexed 1762; wills and deeds, 15C to 17C. MS 11621: 19C transcripts of wills from MS 11616. MS 11737: list, 1786, of benefactors and estates, 15C to 18C. MS 11652: register of 17C to 18C deeds and leases, 2 vols., comp. 18C. MS 11653: list of 17C to 19C deeds, comp. 19C, similar to MS 11652. See also below, MS 11570A.

c. MS 11570A: ordinances, remembrances, and a/cs, 1463–1557, incl. summary a/cs, noting 15C repairs (11, 26, 48, 53, 85, 95, 132, Candlewick Street); 15C wills (11, 26, 53). MSS 11571/1–2: wardens' a/cs, 1454–71; rents and repairs (11, 26, 45, 48, 53, 95, 132, Candlewick Street, Cornhill). MSS 11571/3–15: wardens' a/cs, 1511–71: rents and fines (estates A and B). MS 11728: a/c of Middleton's charity, 1632–66 (Thames Street nr. Baynards Castle). See also below, MS 11570.

d. MS 11570, 'Black Book', comp. 1345–1463 (reproduced in Facsimile of First Volume of MS. Archives of the Worshipful Company of Grocers, ed. J. A. Kingdon (1886); TS index in GL, Dept. of Printed Books): ordinances, remembrances (refs. to hall, garden, 48, 156), and rent a/cs 1448–50 (26, 48, 53, 95, Candlewick Street). MSS 11588/1–4: minutes of court of assistants, 1556–1668 (estates A and B); TS calendar and index in GL, Dept. of MSS.

40. Gunmakers' Company

The estate lay in 43 and/or 45. The records are in GL.

a. MS 5219/1: renter wardens' a/cs, 1663–1745; incl. rents paid for hall, contributions towards Proof Place.

b. MSS 5220/1, 3: court minutes 1637–71; incl. lease and rents paid for Proof Place. MS 5222/1: 18C index to court minutes.

41. Haberdashers' Company

Unless otherwise stated, the estate lay in: 9, 20, 30, 32, 36, 38, 39, 46, 49, 53, 54, 56, 59, 62, 64, 74, 78, 83, 87, 92, 94, 117, 119, 128, 129, 132, 152, 157, 159 (properties in several parishes were not acquired until 17C). For the records, see W. Le Hardy, The Worshipful Company of Haberdashers: the Descriptive Class List of Records (1954). Unless otherwise stated, the records are in GL.

a. Haberdashers' Hall, deeds and leases 13C to 17C, arranged according to the charities to which they refer. Items are to be identified from the entries in the current TS calendar, filed on slips and kept in the strong room. The following files incl. relevant entries: 'Company Properties', 'Minor Charities' (Barnes, Baron, Blundell, Bodington and Boulter, Bond, Bramley, Buckland, Collins, Dowman, Essex, Gale, Hamond, Morgan, Offley, Pecok, Rainton, and Whitmore), 'Jones (Monmouth) General', 'Sundry Sales A-M' (Jeston), 'Trotman A, Trotman B, Weld' (Trotman Redundant Properties), and 'Aske General'. These cover estate as above (apart from 20, 39, 53, 54, 56, 78, 92, 94) and also incl. refs. to 5 (Bond; from 1671 only), 10 (Aske General), 19 (Dowman), 45 (Aske, Bodington and Boulter), 96 (Pecok).

b. MS 15873: will bk. 1571–1908, comp. from 1571, incl. rental of ? c. 1571 (26, 30, 38, 78, 117, 119, 128, 129, 152, 157, 159). MS 15874, 'The State of the Charities, 1597', comp. early 17C: copies and abs. of deeds and leases 14C to 17C (also refs. to 155); copies of 15C agreements concerning hall. MS 15875, 'Register of Benefactions, 1607': incl. sale of property in 152 and bonds concerning house in 39. MS 15897, 'William Jones's Charity': translations of charters and letters patent, incl. list of company property in 1620.

c. For rental of? c. 1571, see above, b. MS 15876: rental of company and charity property, 1657. MSS 15866/1–2: wardens' a/cs 1633–69; incl. rent receipts.

d. MSS 15842/1–2: court of assistants minute bks., 1583–1671; incl. petitions for and grants of leases (marginal notes identify many entries concerning properties).

e. MSS 15860/1–3: registers of apprentice bindings, 1583–1611; incl. bonds for debts naming place where repayment was to be made; between 1593 and 1605 private conveyances were entered in the registers (refs. to 62, 152, Chancery Lane).

f. Haberdashers' Hall, Class XXVI no. 18, vol. 1: plan bk. of city properties, comp. 1761.

42. Innholders' Company

The estate lay in Coleman Street (probably 155). The records are in GL.

a. MS 6647/1: wardens' and renter wardens' a/cs, 1664–1705; incl. rent receipts (no locations), extracts from court minutes incl. memoranda of leases.

b. MS 6649/1; court minutes, 1642–65; incl. memoranda of rents.

c. MS 6648A: clerk's rough memoranda bk., 17C, incl. correspondence 1655 on repairs. MS 6664: vol. of inventories, late 17C to 18C, incl. note of rents 1670.

43. Ironmongers' Company

Unless otherwise stated, the estate lay in: 13, 37, 59, 62, 83, 93, 117, 125, 132, 136, 141, 142, 151, 152. Cf. John Nicholl, Some account of the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers (2nd edn. 1866), 421–6, 469–80. The records are in GL.

a. MSS 17072, 17159, 17159A, 17160, 17176, 17180, 17184, 17244, 17874: deeds, 14C to 17C (estate above, also company property in 42 (MS 17176) and 47 (MS 17180), refs. to 85, 87, 108 (MS 17159); pars. mostly named on GL catalogue cards; calendars of deeds in MSS 17158/1–3 and 17169). MS 17136: p. 257 incl. 16C deed (37).

b. MSS 17183, 17186, 17247–8: leases, 16C–17C (62, 117, 136, 142, 152). See also below, c.

c. MS 17003: will and charter bk., comp. 16C to early 18C, cont. wills and royal charters (estate plus refs. to 90, 108), rentals and abstracts of leases; for 19C copies of the wills, see MS 17004. MS 17153: bk. of title deeds, comp. 18C, cont. abs. of deeds, 16C to 18C (incl. ref. to 156). MS 17154: vol. comp. 18C to 19C of abs. of title and leases, 16C and later (incl. refs. to Amen Corner, Water Lane).

d. MSS 16988/1–6, 'Registers' (wardens' a/cs and inventories), 1455– 1670: receipts of rents, payments of quit-rents, and expenditure on repairs for 15C and 16C (details of receipts of rents omitted in 17C, but see below, MS 17161); from mid 16C the inventories list leases and other evidences (refs. to 21, 90, 108); fines on leases recorded in 17C. MS 17170: 15C receipts for payments of quit-rents (13). MS 17191: list of rents due to Crown after dissolution of chantries, comp. 1650 (83, 132, 136). MS 17161: rentals, 1618–44; incl. ref. to St. Nicholas Lane (?93).

e. MSS 16967/1–6: court minute bks., 1555–1685; administration of estate, much topographical detail but no adequate index. MSS 16969/1–2: rough court minute bks., 1572–6, 1593–1613.

f. MSS 17163, 17168, 17171, 17199, 17203, 17250: papers and memoranda, 16C to 18C (also refs. to 155 (MS 17199), 156 (MS 17168), 157 (MS 17203)). MS 16966, copies of charters, 18C to 20C.

g. MS 17254: written survey of Old Street area (62), by William Leybourn, 1671.

44. Joiners' Company

The estate (hall and other properties) lay in 10. The records are in GL.

a. MSS 8063–4: deeds, 1497–1830.

b. MS 8065: leases, 1574–1858; also surrender 1619 (St. Paul's churchyard).

c. MS 8060, 'Lease Book', comp. 19C: copy deeds and schedule of same, 16C to 19C.

d. MS 8041/1: renter wardens' a/cs, 1621–84; rent receipts, fines for leases (locations not given).

e. MS 8047/1: court minutes (rough), 1661–4, incl. memoranda of receipts of rent.

f. GL, Prints and Drawings, Pr 598/UPP: plan of hall and adjacent properties, 1839.

45. Leathersellers' Company

The estate lay principally in: 14, 49, 64, 142. See W. H. Black, History and Antiquities of the Worshipful Company of Leathersellers of the City of London (1871). The records are at Leathersellers' Hall; the company's current 'Estate Book and Schedule of title deeds' lists most of them and gives their locations.

a. Box 10, nos. 1–75: 13C to 16C deeds (14; also refs. to 2, 104, 128, 142, 148, 152, 155). Box 14: 16C and 17C deeds, leases, bonds, and other papers (64 (site of St. Helen's Priory precinct and company hall); for modern schedule see Box P). Box 'L. Co. no. 2': incl. 16C and 17C deeds (64). Charter Case: incl. framed 15C and 17C deeds (14, 64). Box 10, separate bundle: 16C and 17C deeds and leases (142).

b. Box O, bk. entitled 'Wills etc.' comp. 16C and 17C: copies of 15C to 17C wills and other documents (14, 49, 142, Gracechurch Street; also refs. to 45, 62). On shelf near Box P, bk. entitled 'Copies of Leases and Deeds, 1555–1660': register of leases (14, 49, 64, 142).

c. Boxes G and H: 3 vols. each entitled 'Liber Curtes' and cont. wardens' a/cs, rentals, and inventories, 1471–1680 (rents and fines from 14, 49, 64, 142, Gracechurch Street, together with expenditure on the estate and copies of court minutes concerning its management; the earliest vol. also incl. refs. to 62). Box Q: 2 vols. of wardens' a/cs (rough), 1608–80.

d. Box A, 4 vols. of court minutes, 1608–73 (fair copies) and 1608–76 (rough copies): the rough copies incl. minutes not entered in the fair copies (the box incl. a TS copy of these minutes for 1622–3): much information on leasing and the condition of properties.

e. Box P, bk. entitled 'Bonds, 1558–1646': incl. ref. to 46.

f. In Charter Case: early 17C plan of houses in 14. The plan bk. of 1871 is also useful for London properties.

46. Masons' Company

The estate (hall and other properties) lay in 123. The records are in GL.

a. MS 5324: deeds, copy deeds, and leases, 1562–1707.

b. MS 5313: quarterage bk., late 17C; incl. schedule, comp. 1676, of deeds and leases, 1463–1576.

c. MS 5303/1: renter wardens' a/cs, 1620–1706; incl. rent receipts (tenements near hall), repairs to hall.

d. MS 5316: misc. file, incl. list of deeds as in MS 5324. MS 5330: misc. file, incl. bond 1569 to keep covenants of lease.

47. Mercers' Company

The London estates fall into three main groups reflected in the arrangement of the archive:

A (Company estate): 4, 5, 9, 11, 19, 26, 32, 36, 45, 53, 61, 62, 63, 71, 74, 80, 81, 83, 87, 94, 95, 100, 104, 105, 111, 119, 123, 124, 126, 129, 132, 137, 141, 142, 145, 149, 155, 156, 158, Baynards Castle, Mark Lane. This includes the endowment of Whittington's charity (cf. Jean Imray, The Charity of Richard Whittington, 1968) and of Collyer's School (cf. A. N. Wilson, A History of Collyer's School, 1965) and of part of the former estate of the hospital of St. Thomas of Acre (cf. 85). A number of properties in 32, 36, 45, 53, 62, 81, 83, 87, 94, 104, 105, 123, 129, 141, 142, 155, and 156 were sold in 1550.

B (St. Paul's School estate): 26, 59, 61, 85, 145, St. Paul's churchyard.

C (Gresham estate): Royal Exchange (32, 48, 124) and Gresham College (64, 148); see also 15.

The records are at Mercers' Hall.

a. Deeds and leases, 13C to 20C. To be identified in two series of calendars ('Trusts' and 'Estates'), each cont. synopsis naming localities covered. London deeds before 1666 are to be found in the calendars for the following trusts: Colet (estate B, as above), Collyer (104), Dauntesey (124, 149), Lady Gresham (26, 81, 129, 145), Sir Thomas Gresham (Royal Exchange), Henry VIII (81, 105, 156, 158), Mercers' early livelihood (81, 104), Rich (5, 53, 85, 98, 101, 131), Whittington Estate (46, 63, 80, 81, 124, 132), Yarford (11, 137). Also in the calendars for the following estates: Lady Gresham (Milk Street), Chalgrave (19, 46, 53, 104, 111, 129, 132, 142, 145, 155, 156, 158, Tower Street), Colet (estate B, as above), Collyer (145).

b. Registers of Writings ii and iii (for vol. i, see 85), comp. 16C and early 17C: copies of charters, deeds, wills, leases, rentals, inquisitions, views, legal proceedings, and parish assessments, 14C to 17C (estates A, B, and C); there is a 20C 'analysis' and calendar for each volume which organizes material under various subject headings, incl. separate properties (some categories overlap; careful use will identify all references to particular properties). Registers of Wills: Register P, comp. 16C and early 17C, incl. both views and wills with index and list of contents (estates A and C); a second vol., comp. late 17C to late 18C, incl. transcript of Register P and later material; a third vol., comp. 19C, copies the second. 'Evidence of Dr. Collett's Lands', comp. early 16C: copies of deeds, 14C to 16C (estate B). 'Registers of Leases', 3 vols., 1478–1572, 1597–1644, each with full list of contents (estates A and B; first vol. also refers to 99). 'Gresham Estate Book of Leases' i: copies of leases 1598–1629, incl. list of lessees' names (Royal Exchange). Whittington College 'Grants' (see calendar entitled 'Whittington College & Estate'): leases of rooms in the college (126), 1583–1665.

c. Rental of Whittington estate in 1431 (printed in Imray, op. cit., 122–6). 'Cheke's Register': lists rents for estates A and B, as above, 1578–9. Wardens' a/cs, 1347, 1391–1464, in one vol. (for an edition, see Heather Janet Creaton, 'The Warden's Accounts of the Mercers' Company of London, 1347, 1391–1464' (University of London M.Phil. Thesis, 1976)): incl. rents for 94 and 104 and expenditure on these properties and at the hall. Renter warden's a/cs, 12 vols. 1442–1666: rents under street or parish headings, expenditure on buildings (estate A); some a/cs are in both rough and fair copies. Second wardens' a/cs, 7 vols., 1617–58: receipts from fines on leases (estate A); inventory of hall; some a/cs are in both rough and fair copies. Renter and second wardens' a/cs, first vol., 1666–71: incl. record of rearrangement of leases after the Fire (estate A). St. Paul's School surveyors' a/cs (or third wardens' a/cs), 6 vols. 1620–81: rents and fines on leases (estate B). Gresham estate a/c bk., 1596–1625: rents and expenditure on repairs (estate C). Gresham estate renter wardens' a/cs, 4 vols. 1625–75: contents as for 1596–1625 vol., except repairs; some a/cs are in both rough and fair copies. PRO, E101/522/8A: declaration, 1595–6, by master and wardens, of revenue of St. Paul's School.

d. Acts of Court. Fair series, 5 vols. 1453–1629, 1634–49; rough or 'working' series, 10 vols. 1619–75, and continuing: management of estates A, B, and C; also, in 17C vols., numerous detailed surveys of properties, with dimensions and valuations. First vol. (1453–1527) printed as Acts of Court of the Mercers' Company, 1453–1527, ed. L. Lyell and F. D. Watney (1936); TS transcript of second vol. (1527–60) and MS transcript and card index of third vol. (1560–95) at Mercers' Hall. There is a 19C list of marginal notes in both series (fair series to 1619 only), providing a rough guide to contents, but of little use for topographical purposes.

e. Transcript of inquisition, 1509 (10 or 12); see calendar of Whittington College estate. Other 16C and 17C papers concerning the Mercers' estate, including the hall, are filed with the deeds and listed in the calendars (cf. above, a).

f. Plan, 17C, of property in 81 (see calendar of Whittington College & Estate). Plan book of London properties, c. 1780 (filed under 'General Estates'). There are also 18C and 19C plans of Mercers' Hall and adjacent properties; see also BL, Prints and Drawings, Crace Collection Portfolio ix, no. 192.

48. Merchant Taylors' Company

Unless otherwise stated, the estate was as follows:

A (acquired before c. 1580): 2, 5, 10, 12, 19, 36, 43, 45, 48, 49, 51, 53, 56, 62, 64, 67, 71, 74, 80, 90, 92, 93, 94, 96, 98, 100, 101, 105, 106, 112, 119, 120, 123, 124, 126, 136, 149, 155.

B (acquired after c. 1580): 30, 32, 42, 46, 68, 78, 111, 118, 141, 158, St. Swithin's Lane.

The estate is described in C. M. Clode, Early History of the Guild of Merchant Taylors (1888) i, 407–15. The records are at Merchant Taylors' Hall; microfilms of most of the MSS in book form are in GL (microfilms 297–364, with handlist; cited below as mf. 297, etc.).

a. Deeds and leases: Misc. Docs. A, 14C to 17C (2, 10, 32, 36, 51, 53, 74, 80, 90, 92, 94, 96, 98, 105, 107, 111, 119, 120, 124, 149); Misc. Docs. B, 14C to 16C (9, 10, 98, 104, 105, 119, 126, 156; also refs. to Blanchappleton, Stywards Inn); Ancient Title Deeds, 14C to 17C (estates A and B, also 14, 63). Calendar, 20C, to above, 3 vols. (mf. 321). Expired leases, mid 17C onwards (in boxes by street location).

b. Ancient MS Bk. 5 (mf. 310): memorial of benefactions, comp. 1578 (estate A; also refs. to 9, 14). Anc. MS Bk. 8 (mf. 310): evidence bk., comp. 1605; abs. of deeds, 14C to 17C, and extent, 1605 (estate A, also 42, 46, 111, 141). Anc. MS Bk. 9 (mf. 310): wills bk., comp. before 1609; wills and grants, 14C to 17C (estate A and most of B; also refs. to 4, 14). Anc. MS Bks. 28, 29 (mf. 311): lists of benefactors' gifts, comp. mid-17C (estate A, also 42, 46, 68). Anc. MS Bk. 30 (mf. 312): 'benefactors' gifts', comp. c. 1680; abs. of grants, 14C to 17C, also noting current tenant, lease, and rent (estates A and B). Anc. MS Bk. 14 (mf. 311): abs. of leases, 1550–1660 (estates A and B); contemp. index. Anc. MS Bk. 13 (mf. 311): survey of bks., plate, etc., comp. 1689; incl. lists of muniments and pre-Fire leases (10, 30, 36, 42, 53, 62, 71, 96, 105, 106, 132, 158, Elbow Lane, Knightrider Street, Moorfields, St. Swithin's Lane, Threadneedle Street).

c. Anc. MS Bk. 19: rental 1632 (estate A and most of B). Anc. MS Bk. 37, 2 vols. (mf. 312; 20C transcript and table of contents, mf. 364): records, financial and administrative, 1486–93, incl. repairs and quit-rent payments (2, 5, 19, 67, 71, 94, 96, 98, 99, 105, 120, Cornhill, Lombard Street, 'the Sterre'). Anc. MS Bk. 4 (mf. 310): a/c of the treasury, 1489 to late 16C; building and repairs, late 15C (71 or 96, 105, 120, hall). Wardens' a/cs, 22 vols. 1397–1484, 1545–1648, 1652–9, 1663–6 (mfs. 297–305, except for 1645–8, 1652–8, 1663–5, not filmed): rent receipts, fines, quitrent payments. Draft upper renter wardens' a/cs, 1 vol. 1631, 1652, 1664– 5, 1668–9: rent receipts ('west view': 2, 5, 30, 67, 71, 92, 96, 99, 100, 111, 112, 120, 123, 126, 158, St. Swithin's Lane). Draft under renter wardens' a/cs, 3 vols. 1622, 1626, 1631–4, 1636–43, 1645–55, 1658, 1660, 1664–5, 1667–9: rent receipts, quit-rent payments ('east view': remainder of estates A and B; also part 'west view', 1660–1). Account bk. for John Hide's trust, 1604–51 (46, 68).

d. Court minute bks., 10 vols. 1562–1673 (mfs. 325–330): minutes of ordinary assistants' and quarterday courts, 2 series overlapping; 20C index, 1562–1748, 3 vols. (mf. 363). Anc. MS Bk. 20 (mf. 311): view bk., 1642–64 (estates A and B); damaged.

e. Anc. MS Bk. 17 (mf. 311) 'Miscellaneous, 1586–1651': precedent bk., incl. copy lease (60), letter to Commissioners of Building (30). Anc. MS Bk. 23 (mf. 311): Fire Ct. decrees, after 1666. Anc. MS Bk. 54 (2) (mf. 312): a/cs for building work, 1592–1673 (company hall, almshouses, and school; unidentified properties).

f. Anc. MS Bk. 24 (mf. 311): plan bk., 1680. Anc. MS Bk. 25 (mf. 311): plan bk., 1694–5; 19C index.

49. Painter-Stainers' Company

The estate (hall) lay in 67. The records are in GL.

a. MS 5670: deeds and leases, 1423–1650.

b. MSS 5667/1, 2, 'Orders and Constitutions': court minutes, 1623–1793; incl. receipts of rent for use of hall.

c. MS 11505: terrier, 18C, with plan of hall c. 1766.

50. Parish Clerks' Company

The records are in GL (many were destroyed in 1940). See R. H. Adams, The Parish Clerks of London (1971).

a. MSS 4896–7, 4899, 4902–3: deeds, 16C and 17C (2, 157). MS 4895: 17C leases of site of hall (96) to the company.

b. Register of deeds, comp. 1522 (destroyed in 1940, but extracts given in James Christie, Some account of Parish Clerks, more especially of the Ancient Fraternity (Bretherne and Sisterne) of St. Nicholas now known as the Worshipful Company of Parish Clerks (1893) and in MS 4894/1): incl. deeds 13C to 16C (29, 58, 61, 62, 83).

c. MS 4890: receipt bk., 1583–1657; rent paid for site of hall (96).

d. MS 3706: extracts from minutes 1610–1926, comp. 20C (originals destroyed in 1940); 17C refs. to hall (96).

e. MS 4894/1: collections for a history of the company made 1940–6, incl. notes of 12C (?) deed concerning 58 and of deeds as above, b; draft grant and copy of lease 16C to 17C (2, 157); 19C to 20C notes on site of hall (29, 58).

51. Paviours' Company

The records are in GL.

a. MSS 182/1–3: court minute bks., 1565–1670, incl. 17C records of rent paid for the hall in Worcester Place (71).

b. MS 183A: incl. (in larger bundle) 17C receipts for rent paid for hall and account of money spent on hall 1649; also 17C lists of faults found in paviours' work (individuals and streets named; similar lists in MS 182/25).

52. Pewterers' Company

The records are in GL; for them and the estate, see Charles Welch, History of the Worshipful Company of Pewterers of the City of London (1902).

a. MSS 8703, 8707–13, 8715: deeds, leases, and abs. of title, 14C to 20C (51, 62, 98, 157). MS 8704: 16C will (62).

b. MS 7114: ordinance and record bk., comp. 15C to 16C; incl. deed (105). MS 7110: inventory and record bk., comp. 15C to 18C; inventories list deeds now lost (105); copies of 15C to 17C deeds and wills (12, 36, 43, 141, 142, 148, 157). MS 7109: 17C register incl. extracts from 15C to 17C deeds and wills (51, 98, 116, 131, 157). For 19C copies of deeds, see MS 7112.

c. MSS 7086/1–4: audit bks., 1451–1717, incl. rent receipts (51, 62, 98, 105, 116, 131, 157). MS 8704: 16C to 17C receipts for quit-rents (51, 98). MS 8714: incl. 15C receipt for rent (105).

d. MSS 7090/1–6: court minute bks., 1551–1675, incl. notices of tenants and leases (locations not usually given).

53. Pinmakers' Company

a. BL, MS Egerton 1142: act and a/c bk., 1464–1501; refs. to Pinners' Hall (? in 2) and other places where the company met.

54. Plaisterers' Company

The records are in GL.

a. MSS 6134, 6136–7, 6139–42: 16C to 18C deeds and abs. of title (site of hall and adjacent houses in 2, 15, 99; also refs. to 92 (MS 6140) and 'le Olde Ryall' (MS 6139)). See also MS 3555/3, for 19C abstracts.

b. MSS 6122/1–2: court minutes and a/cs, 1571–63 (a vol. for 1522–39 is now lost, but there is a partial 19C transcript: MS 2192, cf. MS 3555/4); minutes for quarter days incl. details of receipts of rent, presumably from houses next to the hall.

55. Playing-Card Makers' Company

The records are in GL. There are no records of property ownership before 1666, but MS 5963/1, court minutes 1647–74, incl. refs. to courts meeting in Bishopsgate, Grub Street, Weavers' Hall.

56. Plumbers' Company

The records are in GL.

a. MSS 2225/1, 3–4: 16C to 18C deeds (10, 64, 134).

b. MSS 2210/1–2: a/c bks., 1593–1721, incl. rent receipts and expenditure on hall (10, 64).

c. MSS 2208/1–3: court minute bks., 1621–61, incl. records of leases and rents (10, 64, Queen Street (in 1643; perhaps located in 62, cf. d)). MS 2209/1: rough minute bk., 1659–69.

d. MS 5766: a/c bk. of gift of John Randall, 1631–9, incl. copy of will concerning properties in 45 and 62 and a/cs of rents from the same (in 45 and in Queen Street).

57. Poulters' Company

The records are in GL. See P. E. Jones, The Worshipful Company of Poulters of the City of London (2nd edn. 1965).

a. MS 2160: 17C deeds (149). MS 5081: late 17C deeds (26). MS 5074: 19C papers (9, bequeathed in 1548).

b. MS 2150/1: a/c bk., 1619–1705: incl. rent receipts (9, 13, 149), schedule of 16C to 17C deeds (9, 149).

58. Saddlers' Company

The estate lay in 2, 14, 42, 43, 54, 62, 78, 123, 141, 151, 152, 159. Most of the records were destroyed in 1940; the remainder are in GL and at Saddlers' Hall.

a. Saddlers' Hall, 'Record Bk.' (GL MS 5385A is photographic copy), comp. 15C to 17C: incl. copy wills 1433–1568; rental, 1440–1 (? incomplete); royal charter, 1619 (estate except 2, 62, 123). Saddlers' Hall, papers incl. copy wills, 16C and 19C (141, Aldgate, Fleet Street).

b. GL, MS 5384: audit bk. (audited wardens' a/cs), 1555–1822; incl. total rent receipts, memoranda of arrears of rents and outstanding fines.

c. GL, MS 5385: minute bk. 1605–65, incl. memoranda of leases, decisions on property.

59. Salters' Company

Unless otherwise stated, the estate was as follows:

A: 5, 15, 21, 47, 61, 62, 73, 100, 111, 120, 137, 144.

B (acquired in 17C and with no earlier records surviving): 37, 56, 157. The records are at Salters' Hall. There is a full TS list compiled c. 1975, together with a check list which serves as a partial concordance between the present numbering system and that used in earlier lists. There is also a file of notes and transcripts from the records, apparently compiled by Lillian Redstone (cf. below, a).

a. Deeds and leases, fully described in the list: royal grants 15C to 17C (A1, A2); archiepiscopal decree 16C concerning parish church of 5 (B2); deeds and leases, 14C to 17C, also incl. refs. to 83, 131 (H1 and the former class C3), and to 106 (P1/1/1); a badly damaged 13C deed (formerly C3/6/1, calendared in Redstone's notes, f. 74v) contained refs. to 5, 37, 62, 93, 118, 120, and St. Mildred in the street of the Lorimerie (?132); leases, 16C and 17C (H3).

b. Bk. of leases and wills, comp. 1611 (H2/1/1). Bk. of abs. of leases 16C– 17C, comp. 17C (H2/1/2). Estate bk. comp. 1717–18, names tenants 1666 and 1668 onwards (H2/1/6).

c. Renter wardens' a/cs, 1599–1600 (J1/2 in box with D1/1/1), 1659–60 and 1661–72 (J1/1/1/1): incl. locations and names of tenants.

d. Minute bk., 1627–84, with contemp. index of personal names (D1/1/1, 2): incl. grants of leases. See also two pages of rough late 16C minutes (D3/1/1, kept in red box).

e. Detailed plan bk. of 1709 and later (no current reference number, formerly H5/1); plan of property in 62 dated 1675 (formerly H5/4).

60. Scriveners' Company

The records are in GL.

a. MS 8723: copy deed and fine, 1628 (117).

61. Skinners' Company

Unless otherwise stated, the estate was as follows:

A (acquired before c. 1500): 5, 10, 11, 15, 26, 45, 74, 93, 100, 105 (sold in 1550), 132, 156 (sold in 1550).

B (acquired after c. 1500): 9, 14, 30, 53, 60, 64, 78, 80, 83, 87 (sold in 1550), 96, 101, 107, 123, 149, 158, Lime Street.

C (acquired after c. 1600): 126, perhaps also 152.

The records are at Skinners' Hall; they are described and numbered in the TS 'Calendar of Records of the Skinners' Company' (1965) reproduced by NRA. See also 397.

a. 5/1–333: deeds, 13C to 17C, fully described in the 'Calendar' (also refs. to 4, 22, 32, 36, 46, 62, 63, 67, 75, 81, 94, 104, 111, 117, 120, 124, 131, 145, 155).

b. 9/6: register bk. written 1578; incl. abs. of title and schedule of leases; some full copies of deeds were added later. 9/1: 18C bk. cont. copies of 15C to 18C wills (also refs. to 4, 49, Petty Wales).

c. 3A/1–7: receipts and payments bks., 1491–1672; rent receipts from and expenditure on most properties can be identified.

d. 2A/1–4: court bks., 1551–1667; refs. to properties and places can be identified from the series of indexes in 2B.

e. 9/2: 15C illuminated bk. of the fraternity of Our Lady's Assumption; incl. a view concerning 132 (f. 29v).

f. 7/1 and 2: plan bks. comp. c. 1700 with later additions.

62. Stationers' Company

The records are in GL.

a. MS 2571: 19C bk. of copy PCC wills, 16C (20, 46, 59, 89, 108, 152).

63. Tallow Chandlers' Company

The estate lay in: 18, 43, 45, 47, 48, 58, 62, 74, 93, 137. See M. F. MonierWilliams, Records of the Worshipful Company of Tallow Chandlers (1907); annotated copy in GL, MS 6185/2. Unless otherwise stated, the records are in GL.

a. MSS 6180/1–492: deeds, 15C to 20C, catalogued in MS 6185/1, 'Inventory of deeds', c. 1905 (estate above, also refs. to 42 (no. 73), 118, 126 (nos. 274–5), 134 (nos. 254–5)). MS 6184: deed, 1542 (62).

b. MS 6165/1: 17C terrier, incl. memoranda of title, leases, tenants; copy and abs. deeds. MS 6172: 18C abs. title, incl. copy deeds, 17C–18C (62).

c. MSS 6152/1–3. 'Livery Accompt Bks.' 1549–1703: incl. rent and quitrent receipts, fines for leases, in separate annual a/cs. MS 18812/1: rough renter-wardens' a/cs, 1665, 1667, 1668, 1675; rent receipts. MS 18813/1: master and warden's a/c, 1667–8, incl. fine for lease.

d. MSS 6153/1–3, 'Livery Court Bks.' 1607–68: minutes, grants of leases, etc.

e. Plans: plan bks. of 1678 and 1790 are at Tallow Chandlers' Hall.

64. Turners' Company

The estate lay in: 19, 21. The records are in GL.

a. MS 3804: deeds and leases, 1606–1766; also incl. schedule of deeds 1632–97 (126). MS 3803: papers 1697–1766, incl. abs. title 1633–1725 (126).

b. MS 3801: inventories of documents, plate; incl. lists of evidences, leases, 1662, 1666.

c. MS 3297/1: wardens' a/c bk., 1593–1670; incl. rent receipts, fines for leases, repairs to hall (locations not always given). MS 3298/1: upper wardens' rough a/c bk., 1638–1747; daily receipts, incl. fines for leases.

d. MSS 3295/1–2: court minute bks., 1605–88; incl. (1st vol.) audited a/cs and rent totals, and (both vols.) grants of leases, decisions on properties.

65. Tylers' and Bricklayers' Company

The estate lay in: 36, 78, Prince's Street. The records are in GL.

a. MS 4861: deeds 1528 to 19C; abs. of title 1583–1788 (78); will 1614 (118).

b. MSS 3054/1–2: cash and audit bks. (wardens' a/cs) 1605–57; incl. rent receipts, fines for leases, payments for work on hall (properties not always located).

c. MS 3043/1: court minute bk., 1580–1667; court decisions, incl. copy will (36). MSS 3043/2–3: court minutes, 1620–85; incl. leases, assignments, some refs. to rents and arrears, rebuilding of hall; cf. MS 4323, 19C bk. of extracts from court minutes, 1620–1859 (incl. (pt. 3) extracts relating to properties).

d. MS 3047/1–2: search and view bks., 1605–80; incl. views of work in many places.

66. Vintners' Company

Unless otherwise stated, the estate was as follows:

A: 12, 21, 37, 44, 46, 56, 67, 71, 77, 78, 96, 100, 120, 126, 158.

B (from mid-16C or later): 25, 51, 84, 128, 145.

The early records, except charters, are in GL. Full TS calendar, 2 vols., comp. before 1974: supplementary vol., comp. 1975 by HMC, using additional MSS with index to calendar (all in GL). No cross-refs. from calendars to GL MSS numbers.

a. MSS 10062–10088A, 15372, 15450, 15452, 15456, 15461–4, 15468, 15475, 15484, 15494, 15498, 15500, 15504, 15506, 15508, 15511: deeds and leases, 13C to 19C (estates A and B, also 30 (MS 15464), 83 (MSS 15372, 15500, 15504), 87 (MSS 15372, 15500), 112 (MS 10065), 113 (MSS 10065, 15464); also refs. to 9, 36, 43, 47, 62, 83, 118, 141, 157, Bishopsgate, Queenhithe (MS 15475)); pars. mostly named on GL catalogue cards. See also 5 16C deeds deposited in GL 1981, as yet uncatalogued (21, 83, 90).

b. MSS 15444, 15447, 15450, 15452–3, 15459, 15461–2, 15465–7, 15481, 15494, 15502, 15504–5, 15509, 15511: leases, 16C to 18C (estates A and B; also 149 in MS 15481).

c. MS 15364: will bk. comp. c. 1656–1800, wills, 13C to 18C (12, 21, 25, 44, 71, 77, 78, 96, 100, 126; also refs. to 53, 108, 119, 159, New Fish Street, Old Fish Street, Trinity Lane); also 16C list of persons and taverns allowed to retail wine. MS 15197: ordinance bk. 1407–1646; wills 15C to 16C (as in MS 15364 except 25, also 37, 46, 56, 120; also refs. to 9, 18, 36, 74, 83, 93, 94, 118, 129, 134); also conts. list of benefactors' lands, comp. 16C (21, 37, 44, 56, 71, 78, 96, 100, 120). MS 15443, Irish letters: cont. abs. of London leases 1687 (51; estates A and B post Fire).

d. BL, MS Egerton 1143 (photostat: GL MS 6594): a/cs 1507–22, of rents (not detailed), quit-rents (37, 46, 71, 96). MSS 15333/1–5: register of a/cs, 1522–1687, rent receipts from 1531 (properties not detailed, 1595–1612) and fines (estates A and B); MS 15333/2 conts. list 1582 of benefactors' lands (25, 37, 44, 46, 51, 56, 71, 77, 78, 96, 100, 120, Eastcheap).

e. MSS 15201/1–4: court minute bks., 1608–59, cont. some inf. on views and leases (estates A and B); MS 15201/1 cont. assessment 1610 on taverners within 3 miles of London; MS 15201/4 cont. lists of delinquent taverns in and near London, 1639 to 1659. MSS 15202/1–2: partial indexes, 1608–10, 1629–31, to MSS 15201/1,3. See also MSS 15197, 15364, above.

f. MSS 15365–8: papers, mainly 19C, relating to charities, incl. copy wills, abs. and schedules of deeds 13C to 19C (21, 25, 56, 71, 96).

g. MSS 15431/1, 15432/1: plan bks. 1808 of estate ('west' and 'east' views). MSS 15431/5, 15432/3: plan bks. 1865–6, as above.

67. Wax Chandlers' Company

The estate lay in: 18, 42, 75, 112, 127, 155. The records are in GL. See also 323.

a. MSS 9503, 9506, 9509–10, 9512, 9524, 9527: deeds and papers, c. 1240– 1712 (estate above, except 18; pars. named on GL catalogue cards).

b. MSS 9507, 9511, 9513: leases, 1477–1854 (42, 75, 127; pars. named on GL catalogue cards).

c. MS 9495: ordinance, oath and evidence bk., comp. 15C to 17C, incl. copy wills, 16C to 17C (18, 112, 127, 155, 158). MS 9514: folder of original and copy wills, 15C to 18C (112, 155, 158). MS 9494/1: register of leases, 1584–1744, name and place index at end (estate above, except 18).

d. MS 9482/1, 'Treasury Book', 1618–1730: wardens' rough a/cs, incl. fines for leases, notes of rent arrears (locations not always given); rental 1660. MSS 9481/1–2: renter wardens' a/c bks., 1531–58, 1564–97, 1602– 71, incl. rent receipts, fines for leases, repairs (estate above, but locations not always given).

e. MS 9485/1: court minute bk., 1584–1689, incl. table of contents noting views for repairs; memorandum of rents 1608; grants of leases (not indexed); locations not always given).

f. MS 9516: view 1565 (75). MS 9525: inventory of goods, 1611 (127).

68. Weavers' Company

The records are in GL. See F. Consitt, The London Weavers' Company (1933).

a. MSS 4662–3, 4686, 4708: 14C to 17C deeds (123). MSS 4690, 6822: 17C deeds (5, 20).

b. MS 4646: bk. of a/cs, memoranda, and inventories, 1489–1741 (123).

c. MS 4645: ordinance, oath, and memoranda bk., 15C to 16C; 15C refs. to hall (148).

69. Woolmen's Company

The estate lay in: 141, Eastcheap. The records are in GL.

a. MS 6907: ordinance, act, and memoranda bk., comp. 1549–1712; will and memoranda of leases, 16C (141).

b. MS 6901: wardens' a/c bk., 1566–1853; incl. rent receipts, 17C inventories of deeds and bonds.

c. MS 6903/1: court minutes, 1661, 1664, 1666–1700; incl. lease agreement 1664 (141).