London Metropolitan Archives - Item Details


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Scope and Content:
  • Records of Cordwainer Ward, Corporation of London. The records comprise wardmote minutes, rate books, accounts and jury lists. They were catalogued by members of Guildhall Library staff at various dates.

Extent: 15 production units.
Classification: CITY OF LONDON
Former Reference: MS 00448- 53, 852, 2080, 3535, 5962, 8634
Site Location: London Metropolitan Archives
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Administrative 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.

    One of the twenty-six wards of the City of London, Cordwainer Ward lay between Vintry Ward south, Cheap Ward north, Bread Street Ward west and Cheap and Walbrook wards east. The ward contained three City parish churches: St Mary Aldermary, St Mary le Bow and St Antholin Budge Row.
Creator: Cordwainer Ward | Corporation of London
Copyright: City of London
Source of Acquisition:
  • The archives of the ward have been deposited with the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library at various dates since 1891. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.
  • 1950/008
Access Restrictions: These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information may be subject to access restrictions
Arrangement: The records have been sorted into an order which reflects divisions between the different functions and operations of the organisation and its administration.
Related Material: The LMA has also received records of the Cordwainer and Bread Street Ward Schools (CLC/219).
Publication Notes:

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 364-6. 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).