London Metropolitan Archives - Item Details


Date of Creation:

1836 - 1992

Reference Code:


Scope and Content:
  • Records of Legal and General Assurance Society Limited, subsidiaries, and companies which it acquired. The records include minutes, annual reports, registers, financial accounts, specimens of policies and forms, and staff registers. The papers relate to life, accident and fire insurance; investments and pensions.
Extent: 1095 production units.
Classification: BUSINESSES
Former Reference: MS 18473- 8, 33434- 8, 36001- 36333
Site Location: Held offsite - access by appointment only
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Administrative History:
  • The firm was established by six lawyers in 1836 as Legal and General Life Assurance Society with offices at 10 Fleet Street, City of London. It changed its name to Legal and General Assurance Society in 1919. Its head office moved to Temple Court, Queen Victoria Street in 1962. The company initially dealt with life assurance business, but grew to become a major financial services company also providing pensions, investments and general insurance plans.
Creator: Legal and General Assurance Society Ltd x Legal and General Life Assurance Society
Copyright: City of London
Source of Acquisition:
  • B10/036
  • Records covering the life assurance business only, consisting primarily of policy registers, were deposited by Legal and General Assurance in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library on 22 September 1977. These records were withdrawn by the depositor on 31 August 1990 and returned to the Manuscripts Section, as a gift, on 19 January 1996, along with the main archive of the Company, (except the board minutes, which were a deposit rather than a gift), at which point it was decided that a sample of only two volumes of building society policy registers would be kept out of an original series of 106 volumes (Ms 18478). The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009. Acquired predecessor companies acquired from 1975. Further records gifted in 2010.
  • 1975/029
  • 1977/045
Access Restrictions: Access by appointment only. Please contact staff These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 2018
Arrangement: The collection has been arranged in 12 sub-fonds:
CLC/B/144-01: Legal and General Assurance Society Limited.
CLC/B/144-02: Legal and General (Pensions Management) Limited;
CLC/B/144-03: Legal and General (Unit Assurance) Limited;
CLC/B/144-04: Legal and General (Unit Pensions) Limited;
CLC/B/144-05: Legal and General International Limited;
CLC/B/144-06: Legal and General Investment Trust Limited;
CLC/B/144-07: British Commonwealth Insurance Company;
CLC/B/144-08: Glanfield Securities Limited;
CLC/B/144-09: Gresham Fire and Accident Insurance Society;
CLC/B/144-10: Gresham Life Assurance Society;
CLC/B/144-11: Settle, Speakman and Company;
CLC/B/144-12: Victory Insurance Company.