Summary of Holdings

These records are subject to Data Protection Legislation.  Information on living persons, other than information which is already in the public domain by publication prior to the Data Protection Act, will not be disclosed.  Records relating to the Under Treasurer’s local authority functions are subject to Freedom of Information legislation.

first Minutes of Parliament 1501 entry

Administrative Records

Minutes of Parliament from 1501

Papers and petitions presented to Middle Temple’s Parliament from 17th century

Committee records (executive, finance, house, estates, reconstruction, scholarships, future planning, catering, student affairs, joint disciplinary procedures, etc.) from 1856

Letter books from 1850

Incoming correspondence, 1714 - 1913

Memoranda books, 1756 - 1868

Miscellaneous administrative papers, 1644 - 1837

Letters from James I and Charles I, 1617 - 1639

Oaths of allegiance, 1649 - 1868

Records relating to Middle Temple during World War II

Medical Officer of Health annual reports, 1900 - 1953

 

Financial Records

Treasurer's accounts, receipts, day and cash books, ledgers and papers, 1608-1972

Auditors’ accounts and reports from 1870

Expenditure, banking and cash books, 1785 - 1966

Valuation and insurance records, from 1915

Poll tax certificates, 1692 - 1696

Tax records from 1749

Photograph of a painting of Benchers in Parliament Chamber 1880

Members’ Records

Admission records from 1501

Call records from 1694

Bar bonds, 1611 - 1900

Students’, barristers’ and Benchers' ledgers, 1747 - 1945

Benchers' records from 1835

Roll of Readers, 1560 - 1925

Illuminated volumes of heraldic glass and panels, 1630 - 1938

Roll of Honour, 1919

Certificates of death and burial, 1676 - 1726

Records relating to Irish members, 1641 - 1889

Miscellaneous records relating to members, 1608 - 1855

Disciplinary cases from 1845

 

Deeds

James I's letters patent conveying the lands of the Temple to Inner and Middle Temple, 1608

Partition, mutual grant of easements and exchanges of lands, 1732 - 1965

Registers of deeds and leases, 1586 - 1935

Deeds (property and trust) from 1745

Rent, Chambers & Property

Rental books and ledgers, 1747 - 1969

Bench chambers receipt book, 1769 - 1775

Rent analyses, 1931 - 1968

Rent and arrears books, 1804 - 1912

Surveys of chambers, 1732 - 1862

Leases and surrenders of chambers, 1723 - 1910

Surveyors’ papers, from 1819

Records relating to Thames Embankment, Temple Stairs and Temple Bar from 1783

Papers relating to Temple shops, 1621 - 1908

 

Building Works

Building works and post-war reconstruction records, 1670 - 1967

Surveyors’ papers, 1819 - 1976

Plans and drawings, 1713 - 1957

MIddle temple Ordeal bomb damage in the Lane

Commons, Kitchens & Entertainment

Commons registers, ledgers, cash books, bills and arrears, 1723 - 1876

Miscellaneous loose papers relating to commons, 1635 - 1660

Records of duties, vacations and fines, 1610 - 1618

Calveshead rolls collections, 1635 - 1654

Butlers’ collections, 1748 - 1856

Buttery books, 1745 - 1902

Members' commons, dining records, 1820 - 1971

Provisions and catering ledgers, 1898 - 1968

Wine accounts and records from 1608

Butler and stewards’ accounts, 1762 - 1860

Cigar book, 1931 - 1959

Visitors’ books, 1880 - 1953

Records relating to entertainment: music, plays, Grand Days, etc. from 1612

Records relating to royal visits from 1861

Records of Whitehall masques, 1612 – 1635

 

Staff Records

Duties, appointments, salaries books, 1859 - 1947

Wages and attendance registers, 1859 - 1947

Miscellaneous staff records, 1601 - 1964

old library viewed from the river

Library Records

Will of Robert Ashley, 1641

Committee minutes and reports from 1809

Letter books and correspondence from 1909

Library catalogues, ante-1684 - 1888

Attendance, borrowing, accession and presentation books, 1787 - 1978

Records of building and opening of old (1861) and new (1958) libraries, 1856 - 1958

Librarians' bonds of surety and related papers, 1664/5 - 1776

Miscellaneous records, from 1817

 

Scholarships & Prizes

Middle Temple Scholarships, 1877 - 1892

Edward VII Memorial Scholarship applications, 1911 - 1925

Scholarship registers from 1925

Harmsworth and Astbury records, 1924 - 1975

Garraway-Rice, Chrystal Macmillan Fund records, 1937 - 1975

Miscellaneous scholarships, prizes and benevolent fund records, 1915 - 1984

Trust accounts, from 1946

Alfred Harmsworth

Pictures & Plate

Inventories from 1717

Correspondence relating to Middle Temple pictures from 1915 - 1982

Records relating to Middle Temple silver, armour and objets d'art from 1861

 

New Inn Records

Minute and order books, 1674 - 1902

Middle Temple Orders regarding New Inn, 1504 - 1745

Constitution and regulations, 1668 - 1864

Treasurers’ accounts, 1774 - 1902

Admission and membership records, 1743 - 1852

Certificates of applicants to Middle Temple, 1601 - 1710

Lists of Readers, 1649 - 1835

Moot books and papers, 1748 - 1831

Deeds, 1608 - 1900

Miscellaneous papers, 1605 - 1901

Papers relating to LCC Improvements Act, 1899 - 1904

 

Legal Education

Prospectuses, regulations and examination records, 1852 - 1899

Lecture attendance books, 1846 - 1877

Council for Legal Education records, 1853 - 1968

Cumberland Lodge papers from 1966

Miscellaneous legal education papers from 1846

 

Records of Other Legal Bodies

Records relating to the Inns of Court and General Council of the Bar, from 1914

General Council of the Bar annual statements, 1914 - 1948

Records relating to Senate constitution, 1908 - 1966

Minute books of Council of the Inns of Court, 1987 - 1991

Bar Library report and financial statements, 1906 - 1939

Senate Library committee minutes and agendas, 1975 - 1986

American Bar Association records from 1923

 

Temple Church & Master of the Temple

Choir committee minutes, 1856 - 1927 (subsequent minutes held by Inner Temple)

Volumes of sermons collected by James Buck, Under Treasurer, 1650s

Signed Communion Books, 1668 - 1771

Receipts for payment of afternoon preachers, 1804 - 1851

Loose papers relating to Church and Master from 1591

Files relating to Temple, Master, organist and choir from 1895

altar piece elevation temple church

House of Commons Bills

Bills affecting the rights of Middle Temple, 1855 - 1977

 

Inns of Court & Military Service

Military and Inns of Court Regiment Records, 1745  - 1961

 

Miscellaneous Records

Certificate of Arms of Middle Temple, 1949

Records relating to Middle Temple foundlings, 1700 - 1850

 

Audio-Visual Records

Illustrations of buildings, gardens, members from 1700

Lantern slides of the Inns of Court, c. 1900

Printing blocks of illustrations for Middle Temple publications, 1910 - 1947

Films, video tapes, CDs and DVDs from 1940s