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Clockmakers’ Company Archives

The Manuscript (MS) numbers given are those of Guildhall Library, where the documents are held and are made available for bona fide research, under supervision.

Some especially rare or delicate documents may not be available to the public except by arrangement, or may be available on microfilm instead. Manuscripts may also be temporarily unavailable if they are withdrawn for conservation. Readers are asked to check with Guildhall Library for the availability and the specific contents of manuscripts in advance of a visit.

The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers regrets that it does not have the staff to carry out detailed research on behalf of correspondents, though it will try its best to give initial advice. It is unfortunately not possible to photocopy manuscripts.

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Charter 1631 3942, 3946, 3948-50, 3955, 6430
Ordinances 1632, 19th cent 3946A, 3948-50, 3953, 3976, 6431
Papers re obtaining charter and ordinances 1629-32 3969
Grant of arms 1672 3949, 3970
Act of Common Council for regulating co 1765 3948
Grant of increase in livery 1975 29159
Memorandum bks 1527-1828 2732, 3942, 3949-50,3969
B
Court minutes 1632-1992 (i1632-c1815) 660/1, 2710/1-20, 2711/1-12, 2712/1-9, 2713/1-8, 2714/1-9, 2732, 3975, 22353
General purposes committee minutes 1938-71, 1973-7 19498/1-4, 22353
C
Masters lists 1632-1812 2726, 2734, 3939, 3950, 3975
Wardens lists 1632-1812 2726, 2734, 3950, 3975
Assistants lists 1631-97, 1759, 1761, 1764-73 2734, 3950, 3975
Livery lists 1766-1945 (i1766-1912) 2719-19A, 3334/1-2
Stewards lists 1639-96 3939
Members lists 1662, c1742 2732, 3939
Freemen lists 1631-1897 (a) 2735, 3939, 3957-60,11568, 11568A
Freedom admissions 1712-1947 (i1757-1947) 2717/1-4, 2718/1-7, 2719B, 3334/1-2
Apprentices lists 1632-96 (a), c1700 3939
Apprentice bindings 1694-1890 (i1760-1890) 660/1, 2720/1-2, 2721/1-2, 2722
List of apprentices bound to mathematical instrument makers 1668-1732 3975
Committee for the affairs of freemen and apprentices: minutes 1816-17 2729
Quarterage bks 1698-1705, 1742-1850 (gaps) 2723/1-7, 2724/1-12, 2725/1-3, 3939, 3958-9, 6436
D
Renter Warden’s accts 1671-6, 1688-93, 1709-16, 1732-1811, 1836, 1843-51, 1861-77 2715/1-6, 2716/1-27
Cash acct bks 1811-83, 1945-66 2715/7-8, 21178
Analysis of accts 1740-59 2715/4
Ledger 1884-1917 2715/9
Officers’ allowances lists 1710, 1725 2715/4
E
Committee for suppressing malpractices: minutes, 1808-15 2727/1-2
Papers re trade regulation: general 1686-7, 1717-1817 3951-2
Papers re trade regulation: membership 1671-1860 2729, 3943, 3947, 3952, 3954
Papers re dispute with Spectacle Makers’ co re status of mathematical instrument makers 1815-17 3941
Papers re patents, hallmarks etc 1661-1851 3940-40A, 3952
Papers re technical drawings and specifications, scientific inventions and observations etc 1690-1980 3964, 3972/1-3, 3972A, 3973, 3979-83, 3985, 3988B, 6026/1-2A, 6619/1-2, 9473-3A, 14921, 17843, 19860, 20161, 28968
Papers re illicit importation of foreign clocks and watches 1780-1852 2728, 2731, 3940, 3943-5, 3951
List of certificates to qualified clock and watch makers 1813-23 2726
Lists of clock and watch makers, mainly London 1662, 1782 (a), 1812-13 2725/1-3, 3939, 3961-2, 3974, 3977
Notes on makers of some “very old clocks in the possession of His Majesty” 17th-19th cent 28968
List of members resident in provinces and abroad c1813 3962
List of tradesmen connected with watchmaking 1629-1770 3975
List of makers of components, accessories etc of clocks and watches c1813 3963
Papers re John and William Harrison, clockmakers c1726-1876 3972/1-3, 3972A-B, 3973, 6026/1-2A, 6026A, 9074
Horological consultative council minutes 1943-5 22355
F
Clerk’s out-letter bks 1808-56, 1879-1921 (i1879-1921) 10554/1-4
Examples of Clerk’s summonses to members 1770 2722
Admin papers 1631-1930 3941-3, 3947, 3952, 3971, 3978, 3988, 10501-2, 23507
Collection committee: minutes 1977-86 21680
Library committee: minutes 1814-36 3967
Library committee: reports 1814-19 3968
Library committee: accts 1814-29 3965
Library committee: catalogue 1815 3968
Library committee: loan issue bk 1819-42 3966
Catalogues of clocks and watches belonging to co, 1849-74, 20th cent 3987-7A, 22354
Notes on co history 1778-90, c1813 3956, 3974
List of bks etc re clock and watch making, 1806-14, 1821 3982, 3988A
Ms biography of John Smith, clockmaker c1850 3984
Lists of provisions for dinners 1688-93, 1709-16 2715/2-3
List of persons invited to Stewards’ feasts 1732-56 2734
List of Livery invited to court dinners 1837-45 2733
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Charity accts 1853-1924 19499
Charles Gretton’s gift: accts and papers 1702-1847 2730
Deeds and admin papers re charities 1678-1817 3941

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