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  • Production date:

    Late Medieval; early 15th century

  • Location:

    On Display: Museum of London: Medieval London: City Government: Common Chest

  • This chest, made up of iron plates, probably had a wooden lining. For many years it was kept in the basement of the Guildhall, and is thought to have been the City of London's original 'Common Chest'. It is too heavy to move easily, and served as a safe for the storage of important civic documents, valuables, and the City seals. It has six locks and so six keys were required to unlock it, and for security they were kept by six different people, all of whom needed to be present to open the chest. A City record of October 1427 lists the custodians of the keys - three City aldermen and three 'reputable men of the Commonalty'. On loan from the Corporation of London, Joint Archive Service.

  • Measurements

    H 850 mm; L 1240 mm; W 640 mm

  • Materials


  • Last Updated





    long-term loan


    On loan from the Corporation of London, Joint Archive Service


    digital image copyright Museum of London

  • Related place

    City of London


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