The Brewers’ Company is very fortunate in having a substantial archive dating back to its foundation in the Middle Ages. Most of the original records are now deposited on indefinite loan in Guildhall Library (click here for a complete list). Some later records are retained at the Hall. Enquiries concerning the Company’s archives should be addressed by e-mail to the Archivist.

Some of the key records include:

Charters of 1438, 1556, 1560, 1579, 1620, 1639 and 1685

Grants of arms of 1469 and 1545

Court Minutes, 1531-1918  (later ones are kept at the Hall)

Livery lists, 1661-1864

Freedom records 1661-1886 (later ones are kept at the Hall)

Apprenticeship records 1685-1906

Quarterage books, 1682-1899

Memorandum Book of William Porlond, Clerk, 1418-1440

[see the Treasures page for more on this]

Wardens’ accounts, 1502-1750

Benefactors and Wills books, 1509-1742

Lease books and rentals, 1509-1934

Charity records: John Baker’s Charity, 1813-1914

Harry Charrington’s Charity, 1827-1884

Edward Harvist’s Charity, 1851-1855

James Hickson’s Charity, 1611-1932

Philip Jennett’s Charity, 1676

John Newman’s Charity, 1827-1884

Alice Owen’s Charity, 1608-1952

Richard Platt’s Charity, 1538-1927

Samuel Starling’s Charity, 1655-1694

Samuel Whitbread’s Charity, 1796-1929

Records regarding the Company’s Irish Estates, 1836-1898

Deeds regarding property holdings, mainly in London: 1292-1878

First Charter 1438-2
The 1438 Charter

1579 Charter
The 1579 Charter


The Company has a Library of printed books which may be consulted by Members.  A pdf of the Library Catalogue can be downloaded below:

Brewers' Company Library Catalogue