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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.
 
 
28 February 1777        Sun Fire Insurance                    Mss 11936/254/380766  
John Taylor in Bromsgrove in the County of Worcester skinner & leather dresser
 
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On his now dwelling house only situate as aforesaid brick & tiled
100
Malthouse only adjoining
100
Two tenements only adjoining in the tenure of Bottom & Lee labourers Brick & tiled
100
 
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300

 
25 July 1777    Sun Fire Insurance                    Mss 11936/259/386865  
Thomas Bourn of Bromsgrove in the County of Worcester cordwainer, mortgager & Mary Coall of the City of Worcester mortgagee
 
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On a house only in Fryars Street in the City aforesaid in the tenure of Matthias Garkins labourer timber & tiled
100

 
23 December 1777      Sun Fire Insurance                    Mss 11936/263/392677  
John Callow of Bromsgrove in the County of Worcester baker, in trust for Stephen & Henry Knight minors on the Talbot Inn in Bromsgrove aforesaid
 
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in the tenure of Benjamin Tyrrell timber & tiled
150
Stable only adjoining brick & tiled
25
Stable only separate brick & tiled
25
 
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200

 
23 December 1777      Sun Fire Insurance                    11936/263/392678  
Joseph Rose of Bromsgrove in the County of Worcester taylor & shopkeeper On his household goods in his now dwelling house only situate as aforesaid
 
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brick timber & tiled
50
Utensils & stock not hazardous therein
450
 
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500

 
1 May 1778     Sun Fire Insurance Mss 11936/264/398069  
John Parkes at the Dolphin at Bromsgrove in the County of Worcester innholder & maltster
 
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On his household goods in his now dwelling house and malthouse communicating situate as aforesaid brick and tiled
150
Utensils & Stock therein only
150
 
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300

 
6 August 1778              Sun Fire Insurance                    Mss 11936/266/401312  
Oliver Williams of Bromsgrove in the County of Worcester, tanner
 
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On his now dwelling house only situate as aforesaid brick & tiled
200
Stock in the warehouse near brick & tiled
80
Six tenements adjoining in the Strand in Bromsgrove in the tenure of Paul Stanton & others labourers brick timber & tiled
120
 
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400

 
13 November 1778      Sun Fire Insurance                    Mss 11936/269/405054  
Oliver Williams of Bromsgrove in the County of Worcester, tanner
 
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John Chambers Dorrill of  Bromsgrove in Worcestershire Esq On a brick house only situate No 26 South Side of St Pauls Church Yard in the tenure of Hasker Upholder
300

 
18 June 1779               Sun Fire Insurance                    Mss 11936/274/415153  
Jane Chapeau of Bromsgrove in the County of Worcester widow On her household goods in her now dwelling house situate as aforesaid
 
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Brick & tiled
180
Wearing apparel therein
40
Plate therein
30
Printed books therein
50
 
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150

 
10 December 1779      Sun Fire Insurance                    Mss 11936/278/421918  
Philemon Baylis Heynes of Bromsgrove in the County of Worcester butcher On two houses slaughter house & stables adjoining situate as aforesaid in the tenure of himself & John Ashmore carrier
 
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brick, brick panelled & tiled
300

 
20 January 1780           Sun Fire Insurance                    Mss 11936/280/423649  
William Brooke of Bromsgrove in the County of Worcester plumber & glazier On his fourteen small tenements & two stables adjoining in the tenure of labourers
 
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brick & tiled
200

 
7 October 1776           Royal Insurance            Mss7253/2/68891  
William Chance sen. of Bromsgrove in the County of Worcester
 
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One House brick built & tiled situate in New Hall Street in Birmingham in the County of Warwick not yet inhabited
300

 
20 January 1778           Royal Insurance                        Mss 7253/3/72345  
William Harrison of Beaconsfield Esq
 
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On his now Dwelling House situate in Beaconsfield aforesaid
400
Household furniture therein
200
Wearing apparel in the same
100
On a House adjoining in the tenant C. Jenkinson gent
200
On a House Workshop and Stable adjoining situate at Bromsgrove in the County of Worcester tenant Mr Connard a fellmonger
100
On 2 Houses adjoining together and to the last mentioned tenants Messrs      not exceeding ?0 on each house
100
On a House and Stables adjoining situate near ye Turnpike in Bromsgrove aforesaid tenant      Handy victualler & known by the sign of the Bucks Head
100
 
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All said Buildings being brick or brick and stone built & tiled
1,200

 
24 January 1780           Sun Fire Insurance                    Mss 11936/280/423928  
Richard Collett of Bromsgrove in Worcester shopkeeper
 
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On his now dwelling house only situate as aforesaid
200
Utensils & stock therein
100
Malthouse only near
250
Utensils & stock of malt & flax therein
250
 
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All brick & tiled
800

 
3 February 1780          Sun Fire Insurance                    Mss 11936/280/424456  
Samuel Hayden of Bromsgrove in the County of Worcester blacksmith
 
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On his now dwelling house workshop brewhouse and stable adjoining situate as aforesaid timber & tiled
200

 
16 February 1780        Sun Fire Insurance                    Mss 11936/280/424931  
Thomas Taylor of Bromsgrove in the County of Worcester glover & breeches maker     On his household goods in his now dwelling house situate as aforesaid
 
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brick & tiled
30
Utensils & stock therein
70
 
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100

 
7 March 1780              Sun Fire Insurance                    Mss 11936/280/425474  
James Wilkinson at Bromsgrove in the County of Worcester, mercer & draper On his household goods in his now dwelling house only situate as aforesaid
 
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Brick & tiled
50
Utensils & stock therein
750
 
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800

 
4 January 1780 Sun Fire Insurance                    Mss 11936/281/422819  

William Green of Bromsgrove in the County of Worcester cabinet maker

 
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On his now dwelling house and house adjoining in the tenure of Mrs Yarnold situate as aforesaid
250
Household goods therein
50
Utensils & stock therein
50
Workshops adjoining behind the above
150
 
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500

 
4 January 1780 Sun Fire Insurance                    Mss 11936/281/422820  
George Healey at the Golden Cross in Bromsgrove in the County of Worcester innholder on his household goods in his now dwelling house only
 
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situate as aforesaid
300
Plate therein
40
Utensils & stock therein
160
China & glass therein
20
Utensils & stock in stables granary and chaise house adjoining
80
 
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All brick & tiled
600

 
6 April 1780                 Sun Fire Insurance                    Mss 11936/283/426702  
Rev. Thomas Powell of Bromsgrove in the County of Worcester
 
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On the Parsonage House only at Fingest in Bucks, stone & tiled
100
Barn, stable & offices only adjoining each other separate from the house part thatched
100
 
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200

 
4 July 1780      Sun Fire Insurance                    Mss 11936/284/430556  
Joshua Wharton of Bromsgrove in the County of Worcester baker
 
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On his house in High Street Bromsgrove in the tenure of Isaac Rench timber & tiled
80
Four tenements adjoining in the tenure of Mary Downing Thomas Baun & others brick & tiled
140
Four tenements granary & two weaving shops in one building in the tenure of William James & others brick & tiled
180
 
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400

 
24 April 1781   Sun Fire Insurance                    Mss 11936/290/442594  
Abraham Pritchett of Bromsgrove in the County of Worcester victualler
 
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On his now dwelling house only in Bromsgrove aforesaid
120
Utensils & stock therein
100
Brewhouse & three stables only in the yard
80
 
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All brick & tiled
300

 
7 January 1782 Sun Fire Insurance                        Mss 11936/298/453841  
Thomas Collett of Bromsgrove in the County of Worcester maltster
 
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On his now dwelling house & malthouse adjoining & communicating situate in the High Street of Bromsgrove aforesaid
200
House adjoining in the tenure of Richard Brooke a baker
100
 
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All brick stone & tiled
300

 
1 February 1782          Sun Fire Insurance                    Mss 11936/298/455572  
John Steward at the Red Lion in Bromsgrove in the County of Worcester innholder & dealer in grain
 
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On his household goods in his now dwelling house only situate as aforesaid Timber & tiled
120
Utensils & stock therein
80
 
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All brick stone & tiled
200

 
13 April 1782               Sun Fire Insurance                    Mss 11936/300/458935  
Jacob Stokes of Grafton Manor in the County of Worcester gent
 
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On his house only situate in Manchester Buildings in the City of Westminster in the tenure of the Hon Miss Steward brick & tiled
400

 
13 April 1782               Sun Fire Insurance                    Mss 11936/300/458938  
Thomas Andrews at the Golden Lion in Bromsgrove in the County of Worcester
 
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Innholder on his now dwelling house only situated as aforesaid
400
Household goods therein
100
Utensils & stock therein
100
Stables only adjoining each other separate from the above
90
Warehouse brewhouse & rooms over all adjoining near
10
House & brewhouse adjoining the Golden Cross Inn at Bromsgrove aforesaid in the tenure of William Millward a cooper
200
Utensils & stock therein
80
 
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All brick & tiled
900

 
14 June 1782   Sun Fire Insurance                    Mss 11936/302/460797  
William Blackford at the White Horse in Bromsgrove  in the County of Worcester Innholder on his household goods in his now dwelling house situate as aforesaid
 
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brick & tiled
130
Utensils & stock therein
50
Wearing apparel therein
20
 
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All brick & tiled
200

 
13 August 1782            Sun Fire Insurance                    Mss 11936/302/463590  
Benjamin Hope in Bromsgrove in the County of Worcester dealer in spiritous liquors on his now dwelling house & warehouse adjoining
 
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situate as aforesaid brick & tiled
400
Household goods therein
100
Utensils & stock therein
2,500
 
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All brick & tiled
3,000

 
8 November 1783        Sun Fire Insurance                    Mss 11936/317/485179  
John Steward of Bromsgrove in the County of Worcester maltster, mortgager & Elizabeth Smith of the City of Hereford widow mortgagee
 
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On two houses tenement and malthouse all adjoining situate in Bromsgrove aforesaid in the tenure of Elizabeth Austin milliner, Mary Austin cooper & William Kendrick maltster brick timber & tiled
200

 
17 January 1784           Sun Fire Insurance Mss 11936/319/488599  
Joseph Rose of Bromsgrove in the County of Worcester
 
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On three Tenements only in One Building situate at Bromsgrove aforesaid in the tenure of Sarah Clay Edward Wallis & Mary Stanton (no hazardous trades) brick & tiled
100

 
26 January 1784           Sun Fire Insurance                    Mss 11936/319/489064  
John Ashmore of Bromsgrove in the County of Worcester carrier
 
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On his utensils & stock & goods in trust in a warehouse only situate at the Upper End of the Spread Eagle Innyard in Birmingham in the County of Warwick brick & tiled
500

 
10 June 1784   Sun Fire Insurance                    Mss 11936/322/493309  
John Harrison of Bromsgrove in the County of Worcester rope maker, mortgager & Henry Brenton of Droitwich in the said County gent mortgagee
 
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On two houses only in one building at Bromsgrove aforesaid in the tenure od the said John Harrison and John Jones nailer
150
Stable & rope house adjoining behind
50
 
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All brick & tiled
200

 
22 January 1785           Sun Fire Insurance                    Mss 11936/327/500934  
John Ashmore of Bromsgrove in the County of Worcester carrier
 
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On his utensils & stock in his stables only all adjoining situated in Bromsgrove aforesaid brick & tiled
100
House only in the parish of Bromsgrove aforesaid in the tenure of Joseph Stidman yeoman brick & tiled
200
Two barns only adjoining separate thatched
50
Stables & cowhouses only adjoining near thatched
50
 
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400

 
22 January 1785           Sun Fire Insurance                    Mss 11936/327/500935  
Oliver Williams of Bromsgrove in the County of Worcester, tanner
 
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On his now dwelling house and offices adjoining brick & tiled
300
Household goods therein
100
Warehouses Mill house & brick kiln
100
Utensils & stock therein
50
Six tenements only in one building separate in the tenure of Paul Stanton, Matthew Stanton & others labourers brick stone & tiled
50
 
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600

 
Sun Fire Insurance Mss 11936/328/503979  
Henry Brumfield of Sidemore in the parish of Bromsgrove in the County of Worcester labourer mortgager & Dennis Vernon of the parish of Dodderhill in the said county gent mortgagee
 
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On two tenements adjoining situated at Sidemore aforesaid in the tenure of the said Henry Brumfield & others labourers brick brick panelled & tiled
60

 
February 1781                         Sun Insurance               Mss 11936/   /510410  
Joseph Asplin of  Bromsgrove in the County of Worcester cordwainer mortgager and Lowbridge Hanbury of Hunnington in the County of  Salop schoolmaster mortgagee
 
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On two houses adjoining in the tenure of Ann Fisher sadler and Ann Kings grocer not exceeding  £70 on each
140
Two houses adjoining behind in the tenure of Thomas Long and John Bradbery labourers not exceeding £20 on each
40
Brewhouse and weaving shop in the yard not exceeding £10 on each
20
 
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All brick tiled and situate in the High Street of Bromsgrove Co. Worcs
200

 
2 March 1786              Sun Fire Insurance                    Mss 11936/335/515932  
William Green of Bromsgrove in the County of Worcester timber merchant
 
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On his two houses in one building situate in Bromsgrove aforesaid in the tenure of James Green manufacturer of coffin furniture & George Waller maltster
250
Warehouses & workshops adjoining behind the above in the tenure of the said James Green
150
 
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All brick & tiled
400

 
25 April 1786               Sun Fire Insurance                    Mss 11936/336/517834  
William Connard of Bromsgrove in the County of Worcester skinner
 
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On his household goods in his now dwelling house only
100
Utensils & stock in a warehouse near
100
House only (the Golden Lyon Inn) in the tenure of Southall innholder
200
UBrewhouse & warehouse adjoining with rooms over only
30
Stables only adjoining behind
70
House only adjoining the said Inn in the tenure of William Millward a cooper
100
 
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All brick & tiled and situated in Bromsgrove aforesaid
600

 
1 June 1786                 Sun Fire Insurance                    Mss 11936/336/518820  
Benjamin Humphrys near the Church in Bromsgrove in the County of Worcester manufacturer & dealer in flax & hemp
 
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On his house and offices adjoining near the Church in Bromsgrove aforesaid in his own tenure brick timber & tiled
200
Stable & coach house only adjoining near
50
Stable & granary adjoining near
50
 
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All brick & tiled except as above and hazardous goods in the above
600

 
30 September 1786      Sun Fire Insurance                    Mss 11936/338/522367  
Elizabeth Tibatts of Bromsgrove in the County of Worcester widow
 
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On a house offices & stable only adjoining situated as aforesaid in the tenure of herself & Hope brandy merchant brick timber & tiled
200
On her household goods therein
100
 
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300

 
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