The majority of the archives of the Saddlers' Company were destroyed by fire in 1940 when the Company's third hall was bombed. Nevertheless, the Company still holds a limited but valuable collection of historical records. The collection includes the following:
Charter of James I, 1607
Charter of Charles II, 1684
Charter of Elizabeth II, 1995
Record/Testament Book, 1434-1698
Freedom Roll, 1560-date
Court Minute Book, 1606-65 (Original, Ms 05385, held in the Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury, EC2P 7HH. Copy available at Saddlers' Hall)
Audit Book, 1555-1822 (original, Ms 05384, held in the Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury, EC2P 7HH. Copy available at Saddlers' Hall)
Apprentice Binding Register, 1800-1962
Alphabetical list of pensioners, 1831-1929
Account Books, 1904-date
Index of all known members of the Company (compiled since the 1950's from various sources, which include the records listed above and the Corporation of London City Freedom papers)
A Guide to the Archives is available at Saddlers' Hall.
Information about access to archives and manuscripts at the Guildhall Library can be found at www.history.ac.uk.
The Archives are situated in Saddlers' Hall, and the Company Archivist is pleased to answer queries by e-mail, telephone, or post.
Please address enquiries to:
40 Gutter Lane
London EC2V 6BR
T: 020 7726 8661 or 0171 726 8661???