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Fire Insurance Records
The London Metropolitan Archive, holds the records of both the Sun and Royal Exchange Insurance companies, both of which insured tradesmen in Buckinghamshire and Worcestershire in the 18th century. The policies of the Sun Insurance Co. survive for the period 1710-1863 (Ms 11936-7: 1262 volumes) and those of the Royal Exchange Insurance Co. cover the periods 1753-9 and 1773-1883 (Ms 7252-5: 173 volumes).

The Sun and Royal Exchange insured domestic commercial and industrial buildings and their contents. The policies were copied into ledgers and include the following information: policy number, name of agent/location of agency; name, status, occupation and address of policy holder; names, occupations and addresses of tenants; location, type, nature of construction and value of property insured; premium; and renewal date.

The policy registers of the Sun and Royal Exchange remain largely unindexed, but there are two periods covered by name and place indexes. There is a card index to personal names in Sun policy registers, 1714-1731 (Ms 17817). It is arranged by county and alphabetically by name of policy holder within each county. It gives the name and occupation of the policy holder or tenant; the location of the property by county, parish or village (and occasionally street or hous). There is a photocopy of the Buckinghamshire entries at the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies in Aylesbury. The index to Sun and Royal Exchange policy registers for the period 1775-87 (Ms 24172) has been made available in microfiche form and copies given to most English record offices. There is a copy at the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies in Aylesbury. It has name, place and trade indexes. These cover the whole country, but Buckinghamshire towns are necessarily grouped together in the place index.

The Sun and Royal Exchange policies give an unrivalled picture of Buckinghamshire towns in the 18th century. The vast majority of gentry and tradesmen took out fire insurance, particularly following the disastrous fires at Buckingham and Stony Stratford. In the course of his work on Buckinghamshire towns, Julian Hunt has transcribed hundreds of fire insurance policies. Many of the policies relating to Amersham, Aylesbury, Beaconsfield, Buckingham, Marlow and, Newport Pagnell and Winslow have been transcribed and added to this website. The Worcestershire towns of Bromsgrove and Halesowen are also represented. More towns will follow in due course.
 
 
1717    6 Aug   Sun Fire Insurance        6/8839  
William Clarke at Beaconsfield in Co Bucks gent for the dwelling house only of Mr Bradbury being the Mitre Tavern at Hampton Street in Co Middlesex 7/-

 
1717-18           Sun Fire Insurance        7/10294  
William Sills at the George Inn in Beaconsfield Co Bucks innholder
For the dwelling house only of the said inn
Paid Mr Jennings in Princes Street BridgewaterSquare 7/6

 
1720    13 April            Sun Fire Insurance        11/17497  
Carell Ramsden at the Bull Inn in Beaconsfield Co Bucks innholder for his goods and merchandise in his dwelling house only and not elsewhere 7/-

 
1723    10 Feb Sun Fire Insurance        17/ 31197  
Sarah Englie at Kings Head Inn in Beaconsfield Co Bucks widow For her goods & merchandise in her house being the dwelling house only of the Kings Head Inn in Beaconsfield aforesaid and not elsewhere
 
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500

 
1725    16 Aug             Sun Fire Insurance        20/36516  
Robert Manrow of Beaconsfield Co Bucks baker
For his dwelling house and bakehouse adjoining at Beaconsfield aforesaid
 
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Dwelling house
200
Bakehouse
100
 
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300

 
1725-6 8 Feb   Sun Fire Insurance        22/37929  
John Hartley of Wycombe Co Bucks draper
For his two tenements with the outhouses thereunto belonging in Beaconsfield in Co aforesaid
 
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Dwelling house only of Woodbridge a barber
100
Dwelling house only of Elizabeth Cherry widow
300
Stable thereunto belonging
50
Dwelling house only of John Young collar maker
100
Stable thereunto belonging
50
Dwelling house only of Henry Fellor maltster
100
His malting office only
150
His barn and stables only
50
Dwelling house of John Harding a baker
100
 
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1,000

 
1727    12 Feb             Sun Fire Insurance        25/44004  
Sarah Engle at the Kings Head Inn in Beaconsfield Co Bucks widow On her household goods and stock in trade in the dwelling house only of the aforesaid inn brick built and not elsewhere
 
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500

 
1730    7 April              Sun Fire Insurance        30/50260  
Carell Ramden at the Bull Inn Beaconsfield Co Bucks innholder
 
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On his household goods and stock in trade in the dwelling house only of the inn aforesaid brick and tiled
500
And on his house and bakehouse adjoining in Beaconsfield aforesaid in the tenure of Jones baker viz:  
Dwelling house only
200
Bakehouse only
100
 
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800

 
1730    12 May            Sun Fire Insurance        30/50607  
John Fellows of Beaconsfield Co Bucks mealman
 
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On his corn and meal in two corn lofts under one roof in the dwelling house of William Barney near the Market Place timber and tiled at Wycombe in the Co aforesaid
350
And on his corn and meal in a loft near the dwelling house of Widow Shrimpton near the Church brick & tiled
450
 
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800

 
1730    12 May            Sun Fire Insurance        30/50608  
William Cole of Beaconsfield Co Bucks tallow chandler and draper
 
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On his dwelling house only brick panelled timber & tiled
100
Household goods and stock therein only
300
Workhouse & warehouse adjoining in the yard behind The house brick & tiled
50
Utensils & stock therein
50
 
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500

 
1730    12 May            Sun Fire Insurance        30/50609  
Stephen Woodbridge of Beaconsfield Co Bucks barber & peruke maker
 
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On his house only brick timber & tiled in Beaconsfield
Aforesaid in the tenure of Benjamin Coster blacksmith
120
On one other house in the said town in the tenure of Thomas Knight labourer brick & tiled
80
 
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200

 
1731    19 May            Sun Fire Insurance        32/54238  
John Willson at the Crown Inn Beaconsfield innholder & farmer
 
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On his household goods and stock in trade in the dwelling house drinking rooms lodging rooms and cellars of the inn
brick & tiled
180
Stock in his stable & chambers over the same on the right hand of the yard brick timber & tiled
66
Stock in his brewhouse stables & chambers and granaries on the left hand the yard brick & tiled
50
Stock in the stable fronting the yard brick panelled & tiled
4
Stock of corn thrashed or unthrashed & utensils in his barn And granaries adjoining behind the house called the Chequer brick timber & tiled
100
Stock utensils & harness in his stable near the barn brick timber & tiled
100
 
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500

 
1731    19 May            Sun Fire Insurance        32/54237  
James Garland of Beaconsfield corn chandler & grocer
 
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On his household goods & stock in trade in his dwelling house brick timber & tiled situate as aforesaid
100
Stock of corn & other goods in a loft adjoining the Dwelling house brick timber & tiled
80
Stock of corn & other goods in his loft in theDwelling house of Richard Hare brick & tiled
20
 
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200

 
1723    10 Feb Sun Fire Insurance 89298  
James Garland of Beaconsfield corn chandler & grocer
 
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William Sills of Beaconsfield yeoman on a brick & plaster & tiled
house being the George Inn in Beaconsfield in possession of Edward Turpin innholder
300
Five stables with loft over brick timber & tiled Situate in the yard belonging to the said inn
200
 
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500

 
1760    17 June            Sun Fire Insurance        132/176128  
Joseph Milward at the White Hart Inn Beaconsfield Co Bucks innholder
 
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On his household goods & utensils & stock in the dwelling house & brewhouse adjoining only brick & tiled
200
Utensils & stock hay straw & horses included in the stables only adjoining in the yard brick & tiled
100
Utensils & stock in his malthouse in Beaconsfield Distant from the aforesaid brick & tiled
100
 
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400

   
1776    Sun Fire Insurance        374122  
Edmund Basil of Whilton Park Esq
On his house at Beaconsfield in tenure of Matthew Davis
 
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Innholder brick & tiled
500
Stable & woodhouse adjoining brick timber & tiled
50
Great Stable separate timber & tiled
100
Front stable brick & tiled
150
Ballroom wine vault & granary under one roof brick & tiled
100
Three stables under one roof brick & tiled
100
 
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1,000

1776    Sun Fire Insurance 364299  
Edward Meade of Beaconsfield innholder
 
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Household Goods in his dwelling housre brick & tiled
150
Utensils & stock
50
 
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200

   
1776    Sun Fire Insurance 374123  
Matthew Davis Innholder
 
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On his household goods in his dwellinghouse brick & tiled
400
Utensils & stock
100
Utensils & stock in the ballroom wine cellar & granary Under one roof brick & tiled
50
In a stable & woodhouse adjoining timber & tiled
10
In the Great Stable timber & tiled
10
In the front stable brick & tiled
20
In the three stables under one roof brick & tiled
10
House in ten tenements in tenure Nathl Charsley & Ann Nash brick & tiled
100
 
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700

 
1777    7 April Sun Fire Insurance        257/382380  
John Anthony of Beaconsfield in Co Bucks draper & tallow chandler
 
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On his now dwelling house situate as aforesaid
400
Household goods therein
100
Utensils & stock therein
900
Warehouse candle house & stable adjoining separate
100
Utensils & stock therein
100
Warehouse separate
100
Utensils & stock therein
100
House adjoining & untenanted
150
Stable washhouse adjoining
150
 
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2,000

1777    12 April            Sun Fire Insurance        257/382804  
Matthew Davis of Beaconsfield in Co bucks maltster & brandy merchant
On his household goods in his dwelling house situate as aforesaid
 
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Brick plaster & tiled
300
Utensils & stock therein
150
Plate therein
25
Wearing apparel therein
25
Utensils & stock in his malthouse only near brick & tiled
300
Utensils & stock in a cellar only near brick & tiled
100
House only in two tenements in Beaconsfield aforesaid
In tenure of Nathaniel Charsley baker & Ann Nash private Brick & tiled
100
 
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1,000

1777    12 April            Sun Fire Insurance        257/382805  
Sarah Rolfe of Beaconsfield in Co Bucks farmer & maltster
 
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Dwelling house situate as aforesaid brick & tiled except the gable end plaster
130
Barn only adjoining brick timber & tiled
20
Two stables & woodhouse under one roof separate Brick timber & tiled
50
House only in three tenements situate as aforesaid in the tenure of Colsell private & other brick & tiled
85
Woodhouse only adjoining brick & tiled
15
 
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300

1777    8 Oct               Sun Fire Insurance        261/389436  
Thomas Green at Beaconsfield Bucks tallow chandler & soap boiler
 
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On his dwelling house only situate as aforesaid brick & tiled
No candles made therein
300
Household goods therein
50
Utensils & stock therein
350
Candle house & soap house adjoining separate brick timber & tiled
100
Utensils & stock therein
100
 
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900

 
1777    29 Nov                        Sun Fire Insurance        261/391790  
Edmund Rawlins at the Bull Inn at Beaconsfield Bucks innholder & maltster on utensils & stock in his malthouse & loft adjoining at Windsor End in Parish of Beaconsfield in Bucks brick & tiled
 
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200

 
1777    29 Nov                        Sun Fire Insurance        261/391791  
…. Chapman at the White Hart Inn at Beaconsfield Bucks innholder
 
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On his household goods in his now dwelling house & offices adjoining situate as aforesaid brick & tiled a small part plaster
200
Wearing apparel
20
Plate therein
10
Utensils & stock therein
55
Goods in the brewhouse only adjoining brick & tiled
15
Hay in a rick yard near
100
 
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400

 
1780    6 September Sun Fire Insurance 286/432714  
Robert Charsley of Beaconsfield Bucks attorney at law & farmer
 
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On his now dwelling house situate as aforesaid
500
Household goods therein
100
Brewhouse chaisehouse & stable adjoining each other
50
House only in tenure Charles Jenkinson gent
300
Stable & loft over
30
Another stable
20
Five tenements under one roof brick timber & tiled
100
 
Above in Beaconsfield
[Other property elsewhere]
 

 
11781    29 Nov                        Sun Fire Insurance        296/452210  
Rebecca Dupre of Beaconsfield gentlewoman
 
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For her house & brewhouse adjoining situate as aforesaid
in the tenure of Joseph Jagger innholder
500
Three stables under one roof
150
Three stables under one roof
150
Another stable
100
 
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900

 
1781    28 Nov                        Sun Fire insurance        297/452180  
Clifford William Phillips at the White Hart Inn at Beaconsfield in Bucks innholder
 
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On his household goods in his now dwelling house & brewhouse adjoining situate as aforesaid brick & tiled
280
Utensils & stock therein
120
Utensils & stock in a granary & stables adjoining near Brick & tiled
50
Utensils & stock in four stables & loft over adjoining brick & tiled
50
 
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500

 
1785    20 April            Sun Fire Insurance        329/503890  
John Williams of Beaconsfield Bucks timber dealer
 
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On his now dwelling house only situate as aforesaid brick & tiled
80
Household goods therein
20
 
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100

 
1785    20 April            Sun Fire Insurance        329/503891  
William Wade of Beaconsfield Bucks sawyer
House only in three tenements in the tenure of himself Thomas
 
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Harman & Thomas Groome labourer brick & tiled
80
Household goods therein
20
 
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100

 
1785    15 Aug             Sun Fire Insurance        330/508902  
James Wakefield of Beaconsfield Bucks victualler
 
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On his household goods in his now dwelling house only situate as aforesaid brick & tiled
190
Wearing apparel therein
20
Utensils & stock therein
60
Utensils & stock in back building only near timber & tiled
30
 
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300

 
1786    14 June            Sun Fire Insurance        336/519035  
Robert Charsley of Beaconsfield Bucks gent
 
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On his now dwelling house only
350
Household goods
120
Plate & printed books
40
Stable granary & chaisehouse
50
House only in tenure Peter Mitchell Esq
400
Wash house chaise house stable & loft over
100
Tenement only near in tenure … Harris private
30
Stable & shed adjoining timber & tiled
30
Five tenements adjoining no hazardous trades brick timber & tiled
80
Six tenements adjoining no hazardous trades
350
Malthouse stable woodhouse coach house & outhouse adjoining in tenure of Davis
100
 
The above situate at Beaconsfield
[Other property elsewhere]

 
1786    12 May            Sun Fire Insurance        339/521163  
Christopher Fellows of Beaconsfield Bucks mealman & maltster
On his household goods in his now dwelling house situate as aforesaid
 
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Brick & tiled
200
Wearing apparel
50
Utensils & stock therein and in a malthouse & loft over adjoining & communicating brick & tiled
450
Utensils & stock in a corn loft over a stable in the Swan Inn   yard at High Wycombe Bucks brick & tiled
100
 
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800

 
11786    8 Sept              Sun Fire insurance        339/521794  
Clifford William Phillips at the White Hart Inn at Beaconsfield in Bucks innholder
On his ricks & stacks
 
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In a rick yard only near his dwelling house
50
In his rickyard only near the Bull Inn
650
 
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700

 
1786    19 September Sun Fire Insurance         339/522095  
Clifford William Phillips at the White Hart Inn at Beaconsfield in Bucks innholder
On his ricks & stacks
 
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John Floyd of Beaconsfield in Bucks ironmonger
On his house and tenement adjoining situate as aforesaid
In the tenure of himself & Sarah King private brick & tiled
200

 
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