ARCHIVES OF THE SALTERS' COMPANY
Archived material provides a fascinating glimpse into the history of the Company and the City of London. The Salters' Company archives were created in an effort to keep a written record of all the Company's activities. The archives can tell us a great deal and would be useful to any Company members or other researchers interested in family, social, economic, political and local history.
Unfortunately, The Company lost many of its archives in the Great Fire of London in 1666, but aside from this, archives have for the most part been successfully maintained by the Company for several hundred years.
Some of the principal surviving archives include the following:
Title deeds, plans and other property records from 1216
Charters from 1607
Records of the Company's almshouses and other charitable activities from 1609
Minutes of the Court of Assistants from 1627
Membership records from 1636
Accounts from 1659
Records of various committees reporting to the Court from 1821
Records of The Salters' Institute (formerly known as the Salters' Institute of Industrial Chemistry) from its foundation in 1918 to the 1990s
Further details of deeds and related papers of the Company's estates in England, 1216-1946 (KEPT AT THE SALTERS' COMPANY), can be accessed online via The National Archives' Discovery Catalogue at http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk
Title deed relating to property in Bread Street, on or near the site of the Company’s first Hall, 1216.
This Latin document is the oldest surviving artifact in the Company archives.
Album of photographs and plans showing Company property and war damage in the City, 1940s. The Company’s former Hall in St. Swithin’s Lane, along with most of its City property, was damaged or destroyed during World War II, but photographs and plans showing the extent of the Company’s London estates survive in the archives.
Petition for assistance to the Company, 1805, relating to the three orphan children of the late Joseph Scarlett, (a Freeman of the Company). There are two boxes of petitions for assistance in the archives, dating from the early to late 19th century, which provide a very revealing insight into the lives of the poor, the sick and the bereaved of this period.