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ALDGATE WARD

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/W/FB
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives - click here to see details of the physical location of collection
Full title: ALDGATE WARD
Date(s): 1594-1908
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 50 production units.
Name of creator(s): Aldgate Ward | Corporation of London

Context

Administrative/Biographical history:

The City of London was divided into wards for the purpose of government as early as Norman times. The wards had responsibility to keep the peace, supervise trade and oversee sanitation, and each ward has the right to elect an Alderman and Commoners to sit in the Court of Common Council of the Corporation of London.

One of the twenty-six wards of the City of London, Aldgate Ward is, with Tower Ward, the easternmost of the City of London's wards within the City walls. The ward is based around one of the four original gates in the City wall, built between 1108 and 1147. The ward contained four City parish churches: St Katherine Cree, St Katherine Coleman, St Andrew Undershaft and St James Duke's Place.

Content

Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Aldgate Ward, Corporation of London, including minutes and accounts, assessments, lists of voters and officers and watch books. They were catalogued by members of Guildhall Library staff at various dates.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English

System of arrangement:

The records have been sorted into an order which reflects divisions between the different functions and operations of the organisation and its administration.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information may be subject to access restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at: http://search.lma.gov.uk/opac_lma/index.htm

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The records of the ward have been deposited with the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library at various dates. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The LMA has also received records of the Aldgate Ward School (CLC/209) and the Aldgate Ward Club (CLC/022).


Publication note:

There is a short printed history of the ward in J C Thornley's The Wards of the City of London, being a series of articles reprinted from the "Architect" (1919-20) pp 67-70. Other works available in the Printed Books Section of Guildhall Library and which may be useful include William Chancellor, Account of the several wards, precincts, and parishes in the City of London (1787) and A B Beaven, Aldermen of the City of London temp. Henry III-1912 (1908-13, 2 vols).

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
August to October 2010.

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