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Making of Modern London: Repertories: Series 1: Parts 1-3

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Introduction: The Making of Modern London: Repertories: Series I: Parts1-3

Introduction: TheMaking of Modern London: Repertories: Series I: Parts 1-3


This collection makes available records for the study of thedevelopment of Britains capital city. The first series in this wide-rangingprogramme consists of the Repertories of the Court of Aldermen from 1495 to1835.


The Repertories and Journals are the main manuscriptrecords of the meetings of Londons two principal governing bodies in thisperiod. They provide details of matters discussed, proposals made, andlegislation passed. The Courts of the Lord Mayor and Aldermen are generallyrecognised as the executive body of government. They met frequently anddiscussed social, economic, political and judicial questions. Aldermen werechosen for office rather than elected. A qualification stipulation was thatthey should possess substantial property holdings. They normally served on thecouncil for life. The larger, elected common council met less frequently. Theywere primarily responsible for legislation, but too firm a distinction shouldnot be drawn as functions of the respective courts (or councils) werecomplimentary.


The records are a crucial source for examining thetransformation of life and society from the fifteenth century through theIndustrial Revolution to the first half of the nineteenth century. Apart fromcharting the considerable changes in the urban sphere, the records reflect thechanging fortunes of Britain from the perspective of its major port, financialcentre, and seat of government.




The foliation of a number of these manuscripts isinconsistent and some of the volumes are not foliated. There are also a numberof pages missing which, when checked, were found to be missing from theoriginal material.