File 01 - Town Boy Ledgers

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GB 2014 WS-02-HOU-02-01


Town Boy Ledgers


  • 1815-1939 (Creation)

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8 volumes

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The Town Boy Ledgers are a near continuous record of life at Westminster School stretching from 1815-1939. The Ledgers were kept by the pupil elected 'Head of the Town Boys' (Princeps Oppidanus) and were written exclusively for the benefit of future generations of pupils. Until the mid-20th Century, when the term fell into disuse, pupils at the school who were not Scholars were known as 'Town Boys'.

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Conditions governing access

Access to collection items is granted to bona-fide researchers, by prior appointment, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including Data Protection.

Conditions governing reproduction

A reprographics service is available to researchers subject to the access restrictions outlined above. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the item. Copies are supplied in accordance with Westminster School

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  • English

Script of material

  • Latin

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The Town Boy Ledgers are currently being transcribed and published online. You can view and search entries online here:

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GB 2014

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  • English


  • Latin


Archivist's note

Catalogue prepared by Elizabeth Wells, Archivist, June 2013.

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