Corporation of London – 1067 Charter Lecture

On Monday 3 April, the Master and Clerk attended an excellent lecture on the 1067 Charter granted to the City by William I.

The Charter is presently on display for a limited time in the Guildhall Art Gallery. It is a rare example of a small succinct declaration the granted so much to the City of London.

The charter is a small but iconic piece of vellum and is the oldest document in the City's archive, It measures just six inches by one and a half with two slits, the larger one used as a seal-tongue and the other as a tie. The seal impression, although detached and imperfect, is one of the earliest surviving examples from William's reign.

The Charter is written in Old English and reads: "William King greets William the Bishop and Geoffrey the Portreeve and all the citizens in London, French and English, in friendly fashion; and I inform you that it is my will that your laws and customs be preserved as they were in King Edward's day, that every son shall be his father's heir after his father's death; and that I will not that any man do wrong to you. God yield you".