Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section

General Guide


22: BUSINESS RECORDS ii) Records of organisations for the regulation, promotion, and representation of business activities


Substantial records of business organisations are held. Records of businesses are listed in Section 22 (i) below. For records of trade unions see Section 21.

It is not possible, within the format of this guide, to describe fully the scope and nature of the collections listed below, although details of name changes and connections between organisations are given. They are, however, fully listed in our online catalogue.

Full catalogue entries will be found in our online catalogue www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/librarycatalogue (use the “Former catalogue”). To find the entries, do a Classification search for the Manuscript number given below in bold, adding leading zeroes if necessary to give the number five digits (e.g. Ms 00901, Ms 08188 or Ms 18281).

If the collection consists of a single document, it will be given in the following way in this guide: Ms 23244; if the collection consists of more than one document, the first manuscript reference number only will be given with a dash to indicate further numbers, e.g. Ms 28433-. In order to find the entries in our online catalogue, please just enter the first number in a classification search, without a dash, e.g. Ms 28433. This search will find the collection level description which shows the full range of manuscript numbers for each collection.

Alternatively, entries can be found using an Author Search in our online catalogue. The names below have been given in the form in which they appear in the online catalogue. 

The address of each organisation is given, together with changes of address and dates of change, if known. The use of the term "successively" is used to simplify this information where numerous short-term changes took place or where movement dates are uncertain.

A handlist of business records, available at the Section's enquiry desk, contains largely the same information as this section, but it is additionally indexed by subject and by geographical area(s) in which the organisation concerned operated.

Most of our business collections are held in our out-stores and must be requested at least 24 hours before a visit – 48 hours for a Saturday visit. Requests may be made by email and readers should use the online catalogue to identify the Manuscript numbers of the records, including volume or bundle numbers.

Also, access to a number of collections is partially or wholly restricted. This is noted below. Permission is usually required from the depositor for access to such collections. However, full details should be sought at the Manuscripts Section's enquiry desk.


ACCEPTING HOUSES COMMITTEE, of 16 Bishopsgate (1936-59); 19 Fenchurch Street (1959-63); St Albans House, Goldsmith Street (1963-9); 20 Fenchurch Street (1969-73); Roman Wall House, 1-2 Crutched Friars (1973-81); and Granite House, 101 Cannon Street (1981-8). Formed in 1914 as an association of Accepting Houses and merged in 1988 with the Issuing Houses Association, q.v., to form the British Merchant Banking and Securities Houses Association. 1914-89. L 64.22 Restricted access to later records. Ms 29294-

ACCIDENT INSURANCE COUNCIL OF SOUTH AFRICA see SOUTH AFRICAN ACCIDENT COUNCIL

ACCIDENT OFFICES ASSOCIATION, of 54 New Broad Street (1911-14); Thames House, Queen Street Place (1914-28); 60 Watling Street (1928- 59); 107 Cheapside (1959-63); and Aldermary House, Queen Street (1963-). A predecessor body, the Accident Offices Committee, was established in 1894 and the Association was formed in 1906 by officers from 24 insurance companies to regulate workmen's compensation insurance; from 1914 other classes of accident business were gradually added. Also managed the Accident Offices Association (Overseas), Aircraft Insurance Committee, Building Society Indemnities Committee, Coal Pool (later the Colliery Pool), Debris Clearance Pool, Engineering Offices Association, Home Office Vehicles Pool, Livestock Offices Association, and South African Accident Council, q.v. The Accident Offices Association was abolished on 30 June 1985 and its functions transferred to the Association of British Insurers, q.v.1894-1981. L 64.92 Ms 29199-

ACCIDENT OFFICES ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHERN AFRICA see SOUTH AFRICAN ACCIDENT COUNCIL

ACCIDENT OFFICES ASSOCIATION (OVERSEAS), of 60 Watling Street (1937-59); 107 Cheapside (1959-63); and Aldermary House, Queen Street (1963-). Formed in 1937 by members of the Accident Offices Association, q.v., interested in accident business abroad. 1937-74. L 64.92 Ms 29235-

ACCIDENT OFFICES COMMITTEE see ACCIDENT OFFICES ASSOCIATION

AIRCRAFT INSURANCE COMMITTEE established circa1919 and wound up in 1935. Managed by the Accident Offices Association, q.v. 1919-37. L 64.92 Ms 29245-

ASSOCIATED FIRE INSURERS (GOVERNMENT COMMODITIES) MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, of 66 Cheapside. Formed in 1940 to advise Government on the insurance of raw commodities stored in the United Kingdom and abroad. Wound up in 1957. 1948-57 (minute book only). L 64.92 Restricted access Ms 29511

ASSOCIATION OF BRITISH CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE, of Queen Anne’s Gate, Westminster, Cannon Street and Queen Street. Founded in 1860 as Association of Chambers of Commerce of the United Kingdom, name changed in 1919 to the Association of British Chambers of Commerce and in 1996 to British Chambers of Commerce. 1860-1973. See also London Chamber of Commerce and Federation of Commonwealth Chambers of Commerce. L 62.21 Ms 14476-

ASSOCIATION OF BRITISH ORGANIC FERTILISERS LTD, of 84 Leadenhall Street. 1939-64 (ledger only). L 68.79 Ms 23244

ASSOCIATION OF ENGLISH COUNTRY BANKERS. Formed in 1874 to defend the interests of country banks. In 1919 it merged with the Central Association of Bankers, q.v. to form the British Bankers’ Association, q.v. 1903-14 (annual reports and circulars only). L 64.2 Ms 32027/69

ASSOCIATION OF INSURANCE BROKERS AND AGENTS see CORPORATION OF INSURANCE BROKERS

THE ASSOCIATION OF INVESTMENT TRUST COMPANIES, of 62a Lombard Street (1932-4), Pinners Hall, Austin Friars (1934-6), Kent House, Telegraph Street (1936-57), 7 Angel Court (1957-75), Park House, 16 Finsbury Circus (1975-circa 2000), 8-13 Chiswell Street (circa 2000-2005) and 24 Chiswell Street (from 2005). Formed in 1932 as the Association of Investment Trusts (the name changed in 1969, changing again in 2006 to the Association of Investment Companies) to represent the interest of these companies, and to provide information on the composition and performance of investment trusts. 1929-96 L 64.7 Ms 38449-

ASSURANCE EDUCATIONAL COUNCIL, set up in 1932 by member offices of the Industrial Life Offices Association; changed its name to the Industrial Assurance Council in 1949. Records cease in 1964. The Council generally met in the offices of its chairmen. 1932-64. L 64.92 Ms 29812-

AVIATION INSURANCE OFFICES ASSOCIATION, of 70/72 King William Street and other addresses. Formed in 1949 to represent the interests of insurers in the aviation industry. 1949-58 (minute book only). L 64.92 Ms 31898

BALTIC EXCHANGE, successively of Threadneedle Street and St Mary Axe. In 1744 the Virginia and Baltic Coffee House was established as a meeting place for merchants in the Virginia or Baltic trade. From 1823, known as the Baltic Coffee House. Known as the Baltic Mercantile & Shipping Exchange Ltd, 1900-1981/2. In 1857 the Exchange formed the Baltic Company Ltd to purchase South Sea House (wound up in 1899). In 1899 the Exchange formed a committee called the City of London Exchange Syndicate to purchase a site in Jeffrey’s Square (would up in 1900). From the late 19th century to the end of the 20th century,  the Exchange became a worldwide centre for freight and records of many thousand ship charters are held. 1837-1994. L 62.12 Ms 39476-

BORDEAUX AGENTS' ASSOCIATION, of 4 Lloyd's Avenue (in 1949). 1929-66. L 68.31 wines and spirits Ms 16148-  

BRITISH BANKERS’ ASSOCIATION, of 10 Lombard Street 1919-96 and 105-108 Old Broad Street 1996-. Formed in 1919 as a result of the merger of the Central Association of Bankers, q.v., and the Association of English Country Bankers, q.v., to promote the interests of the banking community. Until 1972, membership was restricted to British (including Dominion and Colonial) banks only. After 1972, it enlarged to all recognised banks operating in the UK. In 1991, the Committee of London and Scottish Bankers, formerly the Committee of London Clearing Bankers, q.v., was subsumed into the Association. 1920-88. L 64.2 Restricted access to later records. Ms 32001-

BRITISH EXPORT HOUSES ASSOCIATION, with headquarters at the offices of the London Chamber of Commerce, q.v., with branch offices at other chambers of commerce in the UK (the records deposited at Guildhall Library are incomplete). 1962-8. L 62.2 Ms 18304-

BRITISH FEDERATION OF TRADERS' ASSOCIATIONS, of 1-3 Oxford Court, Cannon Street (in 1930). 1921-36. L 62.2 Ms 16781 and Ms 18312

BRITISH FUNERAL WORKERS’ ASSOCIATION, successively of Bride Lane, Milford Lane and St. Bride’s Institute, London. 1917-49 (minutes only). L 22.83 Ms 33716-

BRITISH IMPERIAL COUNCIL OF COMMERCE see FEDERATION OF COMMONWEALTH CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE

BRITISH INSURANCE ASSOCIATION, of various City addresses. Formed in 1917 to provide information to Government and other bodies requiring advice on insurance problems and to monitor affairs worldwide which might affect member offices. Abolished in 1985 and its functions transferred to the Association of British Insurers. 1917-69. L 64.92 Ms 29131-

BRITISH MERCANTILE AGENCY, debt collection business, of 13-14 Old Jewry Chambers (to 1924); 90 Queen Street (1924-66); and Sidcup House, Station Road, Sidcup, Kent (1966-). Founded in 1855 and owned by Francis Nicholls White and Company, q.v., which also owned a number of trade associations formed as specialised branches of the agency, in particular Cooper Craigs Limited, q.v., Paper Trade Protection Association, q.v., and Wholesale Chemists and Allied Trades Protection Association, q.v. 1858-1971. L 64.8 Ms 28880-

BRITISH OVERSEAS AND COMMONWEALTH BANKS ASSOCIATION, successively of Clements Lane, Bishopsgate, Old Jewry, Bishopsgate, Fenchurch Street, Gresham Street and John Street. Founded in 1917 as British Overseas Banks Association, changed its name in 1964 and was dissolved in 1997. 1917-93 (minutes only). L 64.2 Restricted access to later records. Ms 34921-

BRITISH OVERSEAS BANKS ASSOCIATION see BRITISH OVERSEAS AND COMMONWEALTH BANKS ASSOCIATION

BRITISH RADIO CABINET MANUFACTURERS' ASSOCIATION, of 84 Leadenhall Street. 1942-55 (minutes only). L 69.603 Ms 23809

BUILDING SOCIETY INDEMNITIES COMMITTEE, established in 1925 by insurance companies interested in mortgage guarantee business. From 1937 managed by the Accident Offices Association, q.v. Wound up in 1981 and business transferred to the British Insurance Association, q.v. 1925-81. L 64.92 Ms 29247-

CAPE ACCIDENT OFFICES ASSOCIATION see SOUTH AFRICAN ACCIDENT COUNCIL

CATTLE FOOD TRADE ASSOCIATION see LONDON CATTLE FOOD TRADE ASSOCIATION

CENTRAL ASSOCIATION OF BANKERS, of 34 Clements Lane. Formed in 1895 by representatives of the London Clearing House, West End banks and the Association of English Country Bankers, q.v., to safeguard the interests of bankers. In 1919, merged with the Association of English Country Bankers to form the British Bankers’ Association, q.v. 1896-1919. L 64.2 Ms 32014-A and Ms 32027/71

CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF BANKERS, of 11 & 12 Clements Lane, 1879-84; St. Michael's House Cornhill, 1884-91; 34 Clements Lane, 1891-1923; 5 Bishopsgate, 1923-37; 11 Birchin Lane, 1937-51; 10 Lombard Street, 1951-96. Founded, to develop educational opportunities in banking, in 1879 as the Institute of Bankers, name changed to Chartered Institute of Bankers following grant of charter in 1987. Merged with the Chartered Building Societies Institution in 1993. Name changed in 1997 to Institute of Financial Services and in 2006 to ifs School of Finance. 1851-1992. L 64.2 Restricted access to later records. Ms 30850-

CHINA CLUB, an association of traders in china, which met at the Globe Tavern, Fleet Street. 1785-8 (minutes only). L 68.5 china Ms 456

CITY OF LONDON EXCHANGE SYNDICATE see BALTIC EXCHANGE

COAL FACTORS' SOCIETY, of Coal Exchange, Lower Thames Street. Established early 18th century for persons engaged in the wholesale coal trade in London. Re-founded in 1832 for "friendly intercourse and mutual protection" of members of the trade. 1761-1984. L 68.1 coal Ms 10145-

COAL METERS' COMMITTEE, of Coal Exchange, Lower Thames Street. Founded 1832, consisted of representatives of the Coal Factors' Society and of retail buyers of coal. Succeeded the coal meters appointed by the Corporation of London when they were abolished in 1831. 1831-1990. L 68.1 Ms 10152-

COAL POOL, established c.1907 for sharing and adjusting colliery insurance claims. Known as the Colliery Pool (from 1935) when it seems to have been taken over by the Accident Offices Association, q.v. 1907-34. L 64.92 Ms 29250-

COMMITTEE OF LONDON AND SCOTTISH BANKERS see COMMITTEE OF LONDON CLEARING BANKERS

COMMITTEE OF LONDON CLEARING BANKERS, of 10 Lombard Street. Formed in 1821 as the Committee of Bankers to oversee the London Clearing House (no records of the London Clearing House are held, except those of Bankers’ Clearing House Ltd, see Section 22i). Also came to represent the interests of the London private and joint stock banks and later the “Big Five” clearing banks. Renamed the Committee of London and Scottish Bankers in 1985. In 1991, subsumed into the British Bankers’ Association, q.v. 1821-1988. L 64.2 Restricted access to later records. Ms 32006-

CONSEQUENTIAL LOSS COMMITTEE, formed in 1909 by the Fire Offices' Committee, q.v., to rate the premiums to be applied to insurances against consequential loss by fire. 1909-85. L 64.92 Restricted access. Ms 29418-

COOPER CRAIGS LIMITED, trade association for the drapery, hosiery, millinery and textile trades, of 13-14 Old Jewry Chambers (to 1924); 90 Queen Street (1924-66); and Sidcup House, Station Road, Sidcup, Kent (1966-). Owned by Francis Nicholls White and Company, q.v., as a branch of the British Mercantile Agency, q.v. circa 1890-1970. L 64.8 Ms 28887-  

CORN EXCHANGE. Formed in 1740s in Mark Lane (a building later called the Old Corn Exchange). In 1929 it merged with the London Corn Exchange, q.v., (founded in 1826, also in Mark Lane). It became a limited liability company in 1974 and in 1987 the members of the Exchange moved to the Baltic Exchange. See also London Corn Exchange. 1555-1749 (deeds); 1746-1980. L 45.3 grain. Restricted access to later records. Ms 901-

CORN METERS' OFFICE. Records (1722-1902) formerly held by Guildhall Library were transferred to the CLRO and are now held by LMA.

CORPORATION OF FOREIGN BONDHOLDERS, successively of Old Broad Street, Moorgate Street, Queen Street, Cheapside and Bromley in Kent. Established in 1868 as the Association of Foreign Bondholders, renamed in 1873 and liquidated in 1988. 1824-68 (prospectuses for bonds); 1868-1997. (A collection of press cuttings compiled by the Council of the Corporation of Foreign Bondholders is held by the Printed Books Section of the Library.) L 64.41 Restricted access to later records. Ms 15748-

CORPORATION OF INSURANCE AGENTS. Formed in 1918 when insurance agents left the Corporation of Insurance Brokers and Agents (afterwards the Corporation of Insurance Brokers, q.v.) to form their own body. 1918-26 (minutes only). L 64.91 Ms 35853

CORPORATION OF INSURANCE BROKERS, of 1-2 Queen Street, 1906-15; 59a London Wall, 1915-26; 3 St Helen’s Place, 1926-61 and 15 St Helen’s Place, 1961-78. Formed, to represent and provide a central organisation for incorporated insurance brokers, in 1906 as the Association of Insurance Brokers and Agents and incorporated in 1910 as the Corporation of Insurance Brokers and Agents. Name changed in 1918 to Corporation of Insurance Brokers when the agents formed a separate body, the Corporation of Insurance Agents, q.v. 1906-79. L 64.91 Ms 35830-

CORPORATION OF INSURANCE BROKERS AND AGENTS see CORPORATION OF INSURANCE BROKERS

DEBRIS CLEARANCE POOL, established 1941 to rate the risks involved in the clearance of sites damaged by enemy action. Managed by the Accident Offices Association, q.v. Wound up in 1947. 1941-7. L 64.92 Ms 29253

EAST INDIAN GRAIN AND OILSEED SHIPPERS' ASSOCIATION, of Baltic Exchange Chambers, St Mary Axe. Incorporated in 1920 to prevent the introduction of new bills of lading by shipping lines involved in the Indian homeward trade. 1920-50. L 45.3 Ms 23227-

EDIBLE OIL ASSOCIATION. Established by the Ministry of Food (Oil and Fats Control) in 1939 to oversee the creation of a national pool of edible oil and fats. The Association was the forerunner of the National Edible Oil Distributors Federation, formed in 1946. 1939-46 (ledger only). L 68.71 oil Ms 23240

ENGINEERING OFFICES ASSOCIATION. Formed in 1920 by companies interested in engineering insurance. Administered a tariff for engineering insurance established in 1920. Managed by the Accident Offices Association, q.v. 1920-65. L 64.92 Ms 29254-

FEDERATION OF BRITISH WHOLESALE FISH MERCHANTS' ASSOCIATIONS see LONDON FISH TRADE ASSOCIATION AND ASSOCIATED BODIES

FEDERATION OF COMMONWEALTH CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE, operated from the premises of the London Chamber of Commerce. Known as the British Imperial Council of Commerce (1911-26); Federation of Chambers of Commerce of the British Empire (1926-55); Federation of Commonwealth and British Empire Chambers of Commerce (1955-61); Federation of Commonwealth and British Chambers of Commerce (1961-3); and Federation of Commonwealth Chambers of Commerce (1963-75). Dissolved 1975. 1911-75. See also London Chamber of Commerce and Association of British Chambers of Commerce. L 62.21 Ms 18281-

FIRE OFFICES' COMMITTEE, of 63 Threadneedle Street (1868-75); 11 Queen Street (1875-85); 11 Queen Street and 63 Watling Street (1885-1907); 63 and 66 Watling Street (1907-58); 107 Cheapside (1958-62) and Aldermary House, Queen Street (1962-85). Formed in 1868 by the major fire insurance companies to supervise rates. Wound up in 1985 and its activities transferred to the Association of British Insurers. Also managed the Associated Fire Insurers (Government Commodities) Management Committee, q.v.; Consequential Loss Committee, q.v.; Fire Offices' Committee (Foreign), q.v.; Fire Offices' Committee of Ireland, q.v.; Insurance Companies (War Settlement) Committee, q.v.; London Australasian Insurance Committee, q.v; London Continental Fire Insurance Committee, q.v.; London South African Insurance Committee, q.v.; London West Africa Insurance Committee, q.v.; London Wharf and Warehouse Committee, q.v.; and Printers and Theatres Rating Committee (Southern Committee), q.v.; Trading with the Enemy Joint Insurance Committee, q.v.; 1861-1985. L 64.92 Restricted access. Ms 29452-

FIRE OFFICES' COMMITTEE (FOREIGN), formed in 1869 by fire insurance companies underwriting business overseas to supervise rates. Managed by the Fire Offices' Committee, q.v. 1874-1974. L 64.92 Restricted access. Ms 29487-

FIRE OFFICES' COMMITTEE OF IRELAND, formed in 1975 under the auspices of the Fire Offices' Committee (Foreign), q.v., to protect and promote the interests of fire insurance companies transacting business in the Republic of Ireland. 1975-85. L 64.92 Restricted access. Ms 29496-

FOREIGN BANKS AND SECURITIES HOUSES ASSOCIATION, successively of Bishopsgate, St Helen’s Place, Abchurch Yard, Bishopsgate, Lombard Street and Lawrence Pountney Lane. Founded in 1947 as the Foreign Banks and Affiliates Association. Name changed in 1979 to Foreign Banks Association; in 1989 to Foreign Banks and Securities Houses Association and in 2003 to the Association of Foreign Banks. 1947-97. L 64.2 Restricted access to later records. Ms 34831-

FRENCH BURGUNDY AGENTS' ASSOCIATION, of 4 Lloyd's Avenue (in 1949). 1945-70. L 68.31 wines and spirits Ms 16150-

GLASGOW RATE AND SALVAGE ASSOCIATION, formed in 1847. Formerly known as the Agents Fire Rate Committee; Glasgow Fire Rate Committee, and Glasgow Fire Insurance Committee. 1847-1958. L 64.92 Ms 15740, Ms 29452, Ms 30625

GRAIN AND FEED TRADE ASSOCIATION see LONDON CORN TRADE ASSOCIATION and LONDON CATTLE FOOD TRADE ASSOCIATION

HIDE SHIPPERS' AND AGENTS' ASSOCIATION, successively of Leadenhall Street; Houndsditch; and Baltic Exchange Chambers, St Mary Axe. Formed in 1925 to represent importers of hides and their UK agents. 1925-55. L69.3 Ms 23245-

HOME OFFICE VEHICLES POOL, established 1941 for sharing risks arising out of the issue of insurance policies for fire service and smoke protection vehicles. Managed by the Accident Offices Association, q.v. 1941-51. L64.92 Ms 29526

HULL OIL AND SEED BROKERS' ASSOCIATION see NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF UK OIL AND OILSEED BROKERS

INDUSTRIAL LIFE OFFICES’ ASSOCIATION, met at members’ offices until 1950, then successively of King William Street, Regent Street and Queen Street. Founded in 1901 to act as a forum for combined action and mutual protections of the industrial assurance business. It ceased to exist in 1985 when its functions were transferred to the Association of British Insurers. 1901-85. L 64.92 Ms 29801-

INSTITUTE OF ACCOUNTANTS, of Moorgate Street (1870-77); and 3 Copthall Buildings (1877-80). Merged in 1880 with the four other English accountancy bodies to form the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, q.v. 1870-80. L 64.8 Ms 28404-

INSTITUTE OF CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS IN ENGLAND AND WALES, successively of 3 Copthall Buildings; and Chartered Accountants' Hall, Moorgate Place. Established by charter in 1880 as an incorporation of 5 English accountancy bodies: the Incorporated Society of Liverpool Accountants (now the Liverpool Society of Chartered Accountants); the Institute of Accountants; the Manchester Institute of Accountants (now the Manchester Society of Chartered Accountants); the Sheffield Institute of Accountants (now the Sheffield and District Society of Chartered Accountants); and the Society of Accountants in England. 1880-2005. L 64.8. Restricted access to investigation and examination records. Ms 28410-

INSTITUTE OF LONDON UNDERWRITERS, successively of 4 Royal Exchange Buildings; 1 St Michael’s House, Cornhill; 37/39 Lime Street; 40 Lime Street and 49 Leadenhall Street. Established in 1884 as a trade association for insurance companies transacting marine, aviation and transport business in the London market. In 1998 merged with the London International Insurance and Reinsurance Market Association to form the International Underwriting Association of London. 1884-1980s. L 64.92. Restricted access to some later records. Ms 31840-

INSTITUTE OF MEAT, successively of 19-20 Holborn Viaduct; 91-3 Charterhouse Street; 56-60 St John Street and Butchers’ Hall. Formed in 1946 as a membership company which provided organisation and management of UK meat industry training. Its functions were taken over in 1993 by the Meat Training Council and the Institute of Meat is now known as the Worshipful Company of Butchers’ Guild. 1946-95. L 68.3 Ms 35711-

INSURANCE COMPANIES (WAR SETTLEMENT) COMMITTEE, formed in 1943 to advise Government on the interests of insurance companies in post-war settlements. 1943-53 (minutes only). L 64.92. Restricted access Ms 29512

INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF HIDE SELLERS' ASSOCIATIONS. 1931-53 (ledger only). L 69.3 Ms 23249

ISSUING HOUSES ASSOCIATION, an association of issuing houses formed in 1945 which shared premises with the Accepting Houses Committee, q.v. 1944-88. L 64.22 Restricted access to later records Ms 29328-

LIFE OFFICES' ASSOCIATION, of various City addresses. Established in 1889 to act as a forum for major life assurance offices to discuss problems arising from the expansion of business and growing legislation. 1890-1985. L 64.92 Ms 28376-

LIVESTOCK OFFICES ASSOCIATION, established in 1912 by companies interested in livestock insurance. Administered the livestock tariff from 1916 until 1939 when it was transferred to the Accident Offices Association; the Livestock Offices Association was then dissolved. 1912-39. L 64.92 Ms 29257-

LLOYD'S OF LONDON, insurance market, successively of Tower Street; Lombard Street; Pope's Head Alley; Royal Exchange; Leadenhall Street; and Lime Street (from 1928). 1771-2006 (including minutes, subscription books, loss and casualty books, captains registers, signal station records, Lloyd’s medal records but no records of insurance underwritten). Also deeds 1585-1949. The Printed Books Section of Guildhall Library holds Lloyd's printed information on shipping. L 64.9 Restricted access to later minutes. Ms 14931-

LLOYD’S PATRIOTIC FUND see Section 18iv

LONDON AUSTRALASIAN INSURANCE COMMITTEE, formed in 1925 under the auspices of the Fire Offices' Committee (Foreign), q.v., to protect and promote the interests of insurance companies transacting business in Australasia. 1925-76. L 64.92 Restricted access. Ms 29491-

LONDON BREWERS COUNCIL, Reconstruction and planning committee. Correspondence and reports about public house provision in Greater London area. 1944-56. L 68.31 Ms 32930-

LONDON CATTLE FOOD TRADE ASSOCIATION, successively of Catherine Court, Mark Lane; Lime Street; Leadenhall Street; Houndsditch; and Mark Lane. Formed 1906 by members of the London Corn Trade Association, q.v., who traded in animal feeding stuffs. Renamed the Cattle Food Trade Association in 1965 and merged with the London Corn Trade Association in 1971 to form the Grain and Feed Trade Association. 1911-71. L 45.1 Ms 23218-

LONDON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, of 26 Nicholas Lane EC4 1881-2; King William Street EC4 1882-6; Botolph House, 10 and 12 Eastcheap EC3 1887-1903; 1-3 Oxford Court, Cannon Street EC4 1903-34; 69-75 Cannon Street EC4 1935-92 and 33 Queen Street EC4 1992-. Founded in 1882 to develop international trade and represent the interests of the London trading community, it also assisted members in resolving more day to day trading concerns. Name changed in 1971 to the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, to reflect the growing industrial membership. The substantial archive includes records of many traders’ associations, both those concerned with a trade or sector and those with import/export worldwide. These traders’ associations have not been entered separately in this guide but they can be found in the online catalogue by an Author search or in an index available to visitors to the Manuscripts Section reading room. See also Association of British Chambers of Commerce, and Federation of Commonwealth Chambers of Commerce. L 62.21 Ms 16454-

LONDON COAL EXCHANGE, of Lower Thames Street. 1764-90 (account book only). L 68.1 Ms 19903

LONDON CONTINENTAL FIRE INSURANCE COMMITTEE, formed in 1920 under the auspices of the Fire Offices' Committee (Foreign), q.v., to protect and promote the interests of insurance companies transacting business on the continent of Europe. 1920-48, 1964-8. L 64.92 Restricted access. Ms 29489- and Ms 29465

LONDON COPRA ASSOCIATION, successively of Mark Lane; Fenchurch Street; Leadenhall Street; Mincing Lane; Leadenhall Street; Houndsditch; and Baltic Exchange Chambers, St Mary Axe. Founded circa 1913 to represent the interests of copra traders. 1913-67. L 68.71 copra Ms 23224-

LONDON CORN EXCHANGE. Founded in 1826 in Mark Lane by traders unhappy with the existing Corn Exchange and known as the “New Corn Exchange”). In 1929 it was taken over by the Corn Exchange, q.v., (founded in 1740s, also in Mark Lane). See Corn Exchange for later records. 1826-1929. L 45.3 grain. Ms 30517-

LONDON CORN EXCHANGE IMPORTERS' ASSOCIATION. Formed in 1932 and wound up in 1950. 1932-50 (minutes only). L 45.3 Ms 23215

LONDON CORN TRADE ASSOCIATION, successively of Bishopsgate; Leadenhall Street; Lime Street Square; and Baltic Exchange Chambers, St Mary Axe. Established in 1878 and incorporated in 1886, in 1929 it established the London Grain Futures Association and in 1971 merged with the Cattle Food Trade Association (see London Cattle Food Trade Association) to form the Grain and Feed Trade Association. 1882-1978. L 45.3 Ms 23172-

LONDON FIRE ENGINE ESTABLISHMENT, of Watling Street. Created and maintained by the principal fire insurance offices of London and acted as the public fire service for the London area, although it had no official standing. See also London Salvage Corps. 1832-72. L 46.61 Ms 15728-

LONDON FISH MERCHANTS’ ASSOCIATION (BILLINGSGATE) LTD see LONDON FISH TRADE ASSOCIATION

LONDON FISH SALESMAN’S ASSOCIATION see LONDON FISH TRADE ASSOCIATION

LONDON FISH TRADE ASSOCIATION, of Billingsgate Market subscription rooms. Formed in 1880 as the London Fish Salesman’s Association to protect interests of Billingsgate merchants’ interests. Name changed to London Fish Trade Association in 1881 and to London Fish Merchants’ Association (Billingsgate) Ltd in 1946 (at which date the London Wholesale Fish Trade (Billingsgate) Ltd was established as a business, see Section 22i). Include records of subsidiary trading companies, London Wholesale Fish Trade Ltd and London Wholesale Fish Trade (Billingsgate) Ltd (see Section 22i) and some records of the National Federation of Inland Wholesale Fish Merchants. 1881-1978. L 68.3 Ms 19785- 

LONDON GRAIN FUTURES ASSOCIATION see LONDON CORN TRADE ASSOCIATION

LONDON JOINT STOCK BANKS COMMITTEE, formed in 1853? In 1900, transferred its functions to the Committee of London Clearing Bankers, q.v.1853-1900 (board minutes only). L 64.2 Ms 32012

LONDON OIL AND TALLOW TRADES ASSOCIATION, successively of Crosby Square; Lime Street; Leadenhall Street; Houndsditch; and Baltic Exchange Chambers, St Mary Axe. 1910-67. L 68.71 oil Ms 23230-

LONDON PORT AREA GRAIN COMMITTEE. Formed in 1939 under the aegis of the Cereals Control Board of the Ministry of Food to supervise grain distribution. 1939-54. L 45.3 Ms 23216-

LONDON SALVAGE CORPS, chief station in Watling Street. Created in 1865 and maintained by the principal fire insurance offices of London. Wound up in 1984. See also London Fire Engine Establishment; and Printers and Theatres Rating Committee (Southern Committee). 1865-1947. L 46.61 Ms 15728-

LONDON SHIPPING EXCHANGE, of Billiter Street. Registered 1892, merged with the Baltic Committee and the Baltic Mercantile & Shipping Exchange (later known as the Baltic Exchange, q,v,) in 1903. 1892-1903. L 62.12 Ms 39652-

LONDON SOUTH AFRICAN INSURANCE COMMITTEE, formed in 1966 under the auspices of the Fire Offices' Committee (Foreign), q.v., to protect and promote the interests of insurance companies transacting business in southern Africa. 1966-75. L 64.92 Restricted access. Ms 29495

LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE, of Jonathan’s Coffee House, Change Alley, Cornhill to 1773; Sweetings Alley, Threadneedle Street, 1773-1802; Capel Court, Throgmorton Street 1802-2004, Paternoster Square 2004-. N.B. Entered in Manuscripts Section online catalogue as Stock Exchange, London. Stock brokers began gathering at Jonathan’s Coffee House in Change Alley from the end of the seventeenth century; in 1773 the name “Stock Exchange” was adopted and in 1802 the Stock Exchange closed to non-members and established a formal constitution. It became a private limited company in 1986. In 1991 the name changed to The London Stock Exchange. Became a public limited company in 2000. 1798-1990 (applications for listing held till 1965 only). Printed material, including annual reports of quoted companies and company prospectuses is held by Guildhall Library Printed Books Section. L 64.6 Restricted access to later records. Ms 14600-

LONDON WEST AFRICA INSURANCE COMMITTEE, formed in 1958 under the auspices of the Fire Offices' Committee (Foreign), q.v., to protect and promote the interests of insurance companies transacting business in western Africa. 1958-75. L 64.92 Restricted access. Ms 29494

LONDON WHARF AND WAREHOUSE COMMITTEE, of Watling Street. Formed in 1861 by the principal fire insurance offices of London (later the Fire Offices' Committee, q.v.) as the Warehouse Improvement and Wharf Committee to administer the London Mercantile Tariff. Also known as the Wharf and Warehouse Committee; renamed in 1872. Wound up in 1975. 1861-1975. L 64.92 Ms 14942-

MACHINERY USERS' ASSOCIATION, of various London addresses. Formed in 1887 as as the National Society for the Exemption of Plant and Machinery from Rating. Name changed in 1893 and the Association was incorporated in 1905. 1889-1987. L 65.7 Ms 23791-

NATIONAL AMALGAMATED APPROVED SOCIETY, of 30 Euston Square. Founded in 1912 as a joint venture by a number of assurance societies. Ceased to exist in 1948. 1911-48. L 64.9 Ms 29819-

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF UNITED KINGDOM OIL AND OILSEED BROKERS, of Baltic Exchange Chambers, St Mary Axe. Founded 1920 as the Oil and Oilseed Brokers' Association. Subsumed the Hull Oil and Seed Brokers' Association in 1939. 1920-54. L 68.71 oil Ms 23237-

NATIONAL CHAMBER OF TRADE, of various addresses, with London headquarters from 1918-72. Founded in Manchester in 1897 and primarily concerned with the retail trade. In 1993 merged with the Association of British Chambers of Commerce, q.v. 1904-93. L 62.21 Ms 29340-

NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF INDUSTRIAL ASSURANCE APPROVED SOCIETIES, formed in 1913 to consider inducstrial assurance companies and collecting societies’ experience of National Insurance Adminsitration. Records cease in 1948. The Conference does not appear to have held permanent offices; correspondence was sent to individual office-holders. 1913-48. L 64.92 Ms 29814-

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF CORN TRADE ASSOCIATIONS. Formed 1918 from corn trade associations in Liverpool, Glasgow, London, Hull, Bristol channel and several other associations. 1918-72. L 45.3 Ms 23208-

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INLAND WHOLESALE FISH MERCHANTS see LONDON FISH TRADE ASSOCIATION

NATIONAL LUBRICATING OIL AND GREASE FEDERATION. Founded 1921 as the National Lubricating Oil Federation. 1921-64. L 68.82 Ms 23241-

NATIONAL PAWNBROKERS' ASSOCIATION see Section 21

NATIONAL SOCIETY FOR THE EXEMPTION OF PLANT AND MACHINERY FROM RATING see MACHINERY USERS' ASSOCIATION

OIL AND OILSEED BROKERS' ASSOCIATION see NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF UNITED KINGDOM OIL AND OILSEED BROKERS

PALATINE TRADE PROTECTION OFFICE see PARKIN S BOOTH AND COMPANY (Section 22i)

PAPER TRADE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION, of 13-14 Old Jewry Chambers (to 1924); 90 Queen Street (1924-66); and Sidcup House, Station Road, Sidcup, Kent (from 1966). Owned by Francis Nicholls White and Company, q.v., as a branch of the British Mercantile Agency, q.v. c.1913-70. L 64.8 Ms 28889-

PAWNBROKING PARLIAMENTARY REFORM ASSOCIATION see Section 21

PLYWOOD CHEST ASSOCIATION. Group of tea chest manufacturers and distributors. 1927-72. L 69.8 timber Ms 38250-

PORT OF LONDON AUTHORITY. 1720-1916 (deeds only - the main archive is held at the Museum in Docklands, and other items are held by the National Maritime Museum, LMA, and the Science Museum). L 63.01 Ms 15062-

PRINTERS AND THEATRES RATING COMMITTEE (SOUTHERN COMMITTEE), formed at the end of the 19th century under the auspices of the London Salvage Corps, q.v., to rate insurance premiums on theatres, music halls, printers and allied trades, and (later) cinemas and film production studios. Taken over by the Fire Offices' Committee, q.v., in 1962. 1896-1975. L 64.92 Restricted access. Ms 29508-

RUBBER GROWERS' ASSOCIATION, of various addresses. Became the Tropical Growers' Association in 1987. 1907-87. L 68.75 Ms 24863-

SOCIETY OF INCORPORATED ACCOUNTANTS AND AUDITORS, of 57 Moorgate (1885-6); 3 Newgate Street (1887-8); 4 King Street (1889-1908); 50 Gresham Street (1909-c.1929); and Incorporated Accountants' Hall, Temple Place, Victoria Embankment (c.1929-57). Formerly known as the Society of Accountants and Auditors (1885-1908) and the Society of Incorporated Accountants and Auditors (1908-54). It amalgamated (in 1957) with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, q.v. 1885-1967. L 64.8 Restricted access to membership records and records post 1950. Ms 28483-

SOCIETY OF PUBLIC NOTARIES OF LONDON, formed in 1823 to represent notaries public within the Scriveners’ Company jurisdiction of London. Meetings were held at offices of members, usually the Secretary (and, occasionally in the early 1880s in the London Tavern). From 1885 they were often held in the Society’s Library, variously sited at Martin’s Bank, 68 Lombard Street (1885-1901), 96 Bishopsgate St (1901-28), the Institute of Chartered Secretaries, 6 London Wall (1928-36), 8 Whittington Avenue (1936-40), 9 Bishopsgate (1940-60), 120 Moorgate (1960-75) and Stone House, Bishopsgate (1975-7). Now known as the Society of Scrivener Notaries. 1823-1993. L 44.5 Restricted access to later records. Ms 38703-

SOCIETY OF SCRIVENER NOTARIES see SOCIETY OF PUBLIC NOTARIES OF LONDON

SOCIETY OF SUGAR REFINERS OF LONDON, (called by R C Trebilcock in Phoenix Assurance and the Development of British Insurance the "Sugar Refiners' Trade Committee", also known as the "Sugar Refiners' Club"). 1771-1818. L 68.3 Ms 8188-

SOUTH AFRICAN ACCIDENT COUNCIL, formed in 1915 by companies interested in accident insurance in South Africa. Managed by the Accident Offices Association, q.v. Its archives include copy records of the following South African organisations sent back to London:- Accident Insurance Council of South Africa; Accident Offices Association of Southern Africa; Cape Accident Offices Association; Southern Rhodesian Workmen's Compensation Insurers' Association; Transvaal Accident Offices Association, and Workmen's Compensation Insurers' Association of South Africa. 1915-65. L 64.92 Ms 29259-

SOUTHERN RHODESIAN WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION INSURERS' ASSOCIATION see SOUTH AFRICAN ACCIDENT COUNCIL

SUGAR REFINERS' CLUB see SOCIETY OF SUGAR REFINERS OF LONDON

SUGAR REFINERS' TRADE COMMITTEE see SOCIETY OF SUGAR REFINERS OF LONDON

TRADERS' ASSOCIATIONS etc., generally. There are numerous records of traders' associations etc. in the archives of the London Chamber of Commerce, q.v.

TRADING WITH THE ENEMY JOINT INSURANCE COMMITTEE, formed in 1939 to advise Government about the application of the Trading with the Enemy Act, 1939, to insurance business. 1939-41 (minutes only). L 64.92 Restricted access. Ms 29510

TRANSVAAL ACCIDENT OFFICES ASSOCIATION see SOUTH AFRICAN ACCIDENT COUNCIL

TROPICAL GROWERS' ASSOCIATION see RUBBER GROWERS' ASSOCIATION

UNITED TANNERS' FEDERATION, of 176 Tower Bridge Road. 1916-19 (minutes only). L 69.3 Ms 10824

WAREHOUSE IMPROVEMENT AND WHARF COMMITTEE see LONDON WHARF AND WAREHOUSE COMMITTEE

WHARF AND WAREHOUSE COMMITTEE see LONDON WHARF AND WAREHOUSE COMMITTEE

WHOLESALE CHEMISTS AND ALLIED TRADES PROTECTION ASSOCIATION, of 13-14 Old Jewry Chambers (to 1924); 90 Queen Street (1924-66); and Sidcup House, Station Road, Sidcup, Kent (1966-). Owned by Francis Nicholls White and Company, q.v., as a branch of the British Mercantile Agency, q.v. Circa 1913-1970. L 64.8 Ms 28891-

WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION INSURERS' ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AFRICA see SOUTH AFRICAN ACCIDENT COUNCIL


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