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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON: Charters, Statutes, Title Deeds and Other Legal Documents
Level of description
Sub-fonds of King's College London Archives
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
47 boxes


Name of creator(s)

King's College London

Administrative / Biographical history

No information at present.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The title deeds were transferred to the Archives from Coutts Bank, Strand, in 1983. Other statutes and charters have accrued at regular intervals.

Content & structure

Scope and content

The collection comprises charters, statutes, title deeds and other legal records of King's College London, 1678-2006. These notably consist of copies of various King's College Charters, 1829-1981 (with seal); constitutions of the University of London, University of London Union, King's College London Quorum Society and the Anglo-Spanish Society, 1982-1986; copies of Bills and Acts of Parliament relating to the College, including the embankment of the north side of the Thames, 1851-1996; some King's and University of London statutes, 1898-1998; title deeds relating to College property, mainly the original building in the Strand and extensions in Strand Lane and Surrey Street, Drury Lane, King's College School in Wimbledon, and other College property including the Hospital, laboratories in Hampstead and sports grounds, comprising assignments of lease, schedules of deeds and conveyances, 1678-1969.

System of arrangement

Title deeds relate to specific properties beginning with the main building in the Strand. Other charters, statutes and acts are arranged in basic chronological order.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Draft catalogues available online and in hard copy in the Archives reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

Copies of many King's College Charters, Statutes and Acts are published in the annual Calendars. For Hospital deeds relating primarily to Portugal Street, Lincoln's Inn and Denmark Hill, 1562-1970, see KCLCA KH/TI.

Description control

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Geoff Browell

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

July 2001, updated 2016

Box List(s)

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  • Constitutional law
  • Constitutions
  • Deeds
  • Documents
  • Higher education institutions
  • Information sources
  • Law
  • Legal documents
  • Legal systems
  • Legislation
  • Public law
  • Universities

Corporate names

  • King's College Hospital
  • King's College London College Archives
  • King's College London, Quorum Society
  • King's College School, 1831-1897, Strand
  • University of London
  • University of London Union


  • Camden, London, England
  • City of Westminster, London, England
  • Hampstead, London, England
  • Merton, Surrey, England
  • Strand, Westminster, London, England
  • Wimbledon, Surrey, England

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