Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section

Livery Company Membership Guide


Blacksmiths' Company


FREEDOM REGISTERS:

Ms 5535 1424 (Memorandum book including list of members)
     
Ms 2883/1 ca.1549-67 (Wardens' accounts; unindexed)
     
Ms 2884 1599-1694 (Only gives year of admission; indexed 1599-1677)
     
Ms 2885/1 1728-74 (Vol 1 indexed; vols 2-4 unindexed)
              /2 1774-1815  
              /3 1815-53  
              /4 1853-1974  

APPRENTICE BINDINGS BOOKS:

Ms 2886/1 1631-52 (All vols unindexed)
              /2 1679-86  
              /3 1686-1706  
              /4 1706-34  
              /5 1735-81  
     
Ms 2889/1 1694-1747 (Orphans' Tax books; both vols unindexed)
              /2 1747-1856  
     
Ms 2887/2 1737-63 (Rough bindings; indexed)

ALPHABETICAL LISTS OF APPRENTICES:

See Cliff Webb's London Livery Company Apprenticeship Registers, Vol. 41 Blacksmiths' Company 1605-1800 (2004). Compiled from Mss 2881/1-4, 6-7 and 14-16, 2882/1, 2886/1-5,  2889/2. Indexed by names of apprentice and master, subjects and places. Available in Guildhall Library Printed Books Section and Manuscripts reading room.

QUARTERAGE BOOKS:

Ms 2883/2 1509-30  
     
Ms 3541A/1 1824-34 (Both vols alphabetically arranged)
                 /2 1834-44                                                                                             

COURT MINUTES:

Ms 2881/1-7 1605-62 (All vols unindexed; vol 1 incomplete date
              /8 1686-1699 coverage)
              /9 1699-1705  
              /10 1705-21  
              /11 1721-31  
              /12-26 1731-1979  
              /27 1979-83 (Restricted access: enquire at Manuscripts desk)
              /28 1984-6 (Restricted access: enquire at Manuscripts desk)
              /29 1986-8 (Restricted access: enquire at Manuscripts desk)
              /30 1989-90 (Restricted access: )enquire at Manuscripts desk
              /31 1991 (Restricted access: enquire at Manuscripts desk)
              /32 1992 (Restricted access: enquire at Manuscripts desk )
              /33 1993 (Restricted access: enquire at Manuscripts desk)
              /34 1994 (Restricted access: enquire at Manuscripts desk)
              /35 1995 (Restricted access: enquire at Manuscripts desk)
              /36 1996-7 (Restricted access: enquire at Manuscripts desk)
              /37 1998-9 (Restricted access: enquire at Manuscripts desk)
     
Ms 2882/1-16 1625-1779 (Rough minutes; incomplete date coverage)

Last updated July 2007

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