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Guildhall Library

The reference library of the Corporation of London together with the Corporation of London Record Office - regarded as the most complete collection of ancient municipal records in existence. The Library's principal contents include the deposited archives of the City of London Parishes, Wards and Guilds, of the Diocese of London and also of many business houses. Those of the Record Office include Charters granted by William the Conqueror, Henry II and later Kings and Queens up to 1957, continuous series of judicial rolls and books from 1252 and Council meetings from 1257; financial records from the 16th century and records of London Bridge from the 12th century.

The original Library at Guildhall was founded in the 1420s under the terms of the will of Richard Whittington, today the collections held at Guildhall Library are designated as national and international importance.

The Clockmakers' Museum once housed here has been transferred to the Science Museum..

See Also: Guildhall, City of London (District)

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