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Scope and Content:
  • Records of the Worshipful Company of Innholders, including registers of freedom admissions from 1659 and of apprentice bindings from 1655. Also ordinances; Court minute books; financial accounts; search books; inventories and records of charitable donations.
Extent: 120 production units
Classification: LIVERY COMPANIES
Former Reference: MS 03464, 06647-64, 30623 AND 32770-99; MS 06647-64; MS 30623; MS 32770- 99
Site Location: Guildhall
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Administrative History:
  • The Worshipful Company of Innholders was formed in the 15th century from the original mistery of hostelers and haymongers. Its charter was granted in 1514. The freehold of the hall in College Street was acquired in 1613 and has been rebuilt three times since.

Creator: Worshipful Company of Innholders
Copyright: Depositor
Source of Acquisition:
  • The records have been deposited in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library at various dates since 1945. The Manuscripts Section merged with London Metropolitan Archives in 2008. The records have been catalogued by various members of staff over many years.
  • 1951/013
Access Restrictions: These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information may be subject to access restrictions Not available for online ordering. Please see staff
Arrangement: As the archive is large and complex, and to assist the user, the catalogue has been arranged in sections each with an archival classification code as follows:
A Constitutional records
B Court records
C Membership records
D Financial records
E Trade records
F Clerk's records
G Charities and estates
Related Material: See Ms 426 for a transcript of the 1514 charter. The original of this and other charters are retained in the custody of the clerk at Innholders' Hall.
Publication Notes:

For further information relating to Livery Companies, particularly using the company records for family history, please see Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section “Livery Company Membership Guide” and Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section “Leaflet Guides to Records: Searching for Members or those apprenticed to Members of City of London Livery Companies” (both available online).

For a general introduction to the history of the City of London Livery Companies please see entry in “The London Encyclopaedia”, ed Ben Weinreb and Christopher Hibbert.