London Freedom of the City Admission Papers from the
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of the City Admission Papers, 1681-1925, reveals almost 600,000
of London's citizens who were awarded one of the City?s greatest
From aldermen and constables to merchants and stonemasons, it includes
prominent men and women from all walks of life.
In many cases, the privileges that with the Freedom of the City
were essential to people's livelihoods.
Freemen could vote in civic elections, drive livestock over London
Bridge, and even carry a naked sword in public! Plus, of course,
the title gave them an elevated status when dealing with clients
Find your ancestors in these records, and you?ll discover intimate
details about their lives.
You may also find information about the people that taught them
their trades - effectively giving them the chance to earn a decent