Volume of City of London historical miscellany, including papers relating to the Parishof St Mildred, Poultry, 1673-1701

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection is a miscellany of printed and manuscript memoranda relating to events andinstitutions in the City of London. They refer to a period shortly after the Great Fire of London in1666 and include several mentions of the devastation caused by the fire. The manuscripts in thecollection appear to be fragments, sometimes chance survivals of parish administration, orcontemporary ephemera. Most of the printed memoranda would probably have widely available.

The principal category of manuscript papers relates to the church and parish of St Mildred,Poultry and includes poll tax returns for precincts around St Mildred, 1689 (MS 532/11); petitionsby the churchwardens and overseers of the poor of St Mildred to the Lord Mayor and Justices of thePeace concerning the poor of the parish, 1691 (MS 532/12 and 29); note concerning payment for workdone in the church, 1680 (MS 532/16); minutes of a meeting of the vestry ordering relief to be paidto some parishioners, 1680 (MS 532/24); signed agreement concerning the care of a child in theparish, 1674 (MS 532/25) memorandum about money due to the minister and the poor, 1679 (MS532/27).

Other miscellaneous manuscript papers may relate to St Mildred, Poultry but are not recorded assuch. These include the report of an unidentified vestry meeting concerning the appointment ofchurch assistants, undated (MS 532/1); accounts of a junior churchwardenship of an unidentifiedparish (MS 532/2); receipt for rent on a house in St Giles Cripplegate parish, 1693 (MS 532/13);tithe tax returns for an unidentified parish, undated (MS 532/15); invitation to dine with theGentlemen Volunteers and the 'five gentlemen who printed the Kentish Petition', undated (MS 532/17);accounts for an unidentified parish, 1675 (MS 532/20); burial accounts, 1681-1682 (MS 532/21);petitions for poor relief, undated (MS 532/22, 26); memorandum concerning an Act for the relief ofthe poor, 1693 (MS 532/23).

Miscellaneous printed items include references to apparitions seen at Old Bailey Sessions Houseand Tower Hill, 1680-1681 (MS 532/3-5); organs and prayers in church, 1692 (MS 532/6); allegedabuses committed in an election in Dowgate and Aldersgate, undated (MS 532/7); support for erectinga French protestant church in St. Martins Orgars, undated (MS 532/8); the treatment by Jews ofchildren who convert to Protestantism, undated (MS 532/9); a widows fund to be set up by the MercersCompany, 1698 (MS 532/10); Charter-house hospital, 1687 (MS 532/30); burial forms for St Gileswithout Cripplegate, undated (MS 532/31-32); and an appeal for donations to Sion College, 1687-1688(MS 532/33-35).

Administrative / Biographical History

The parish of St Mildred, Poultry in the City of London covered an area that stretched north fromthe south side of Poultry to the corner of Princes Street and Lothbury. The church, first recordedin 1175, burned down during the Great Fire of London in 1666 and was rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wrenin 1670-76, although the tower was not completed until the early 18th century. The new church servedthe united parish of St Mildred, Poultry and St Mary, Colechurch and the patronage of the livingalternated between the Crown and the Mercers' Company. It was demolished in 1872 under the Union ofCity Benefices Act and the land was used for road widening. The parish was then united with that ofSt Margaret, Lothbury.

The compiler of this volume is not recorded, and its early provenance is unknown. The papers mayhave been put together by a churchwarden or a local historian, almost certainly at the beginning ofthe 18th century.


The items in this collection have been numbered and listed in the same order in which they appearin the volume.

Conditions Governing Access

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers.


Other Finding Aids

  • This description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright on thedescription belongs to The University of Nottingham.

Conditions Governing Use

REPROGRAPHIC: Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposesonly, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

COPYRIGHT: Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advancein writing from the Keeper of Manuscripts and Special Collections (emailmss-library@nottingham.ac.uk).

Custodial History

The collection was acquired by the library of University College Nottingham in the 1930s or1940s.

Related Material

  • Guildhall Library, City of London: Parish registers of St Mildred, Poultry, 1538-1924.