Introduction to the war loans
These three documents are assessment listings relating to the parliamentarian effort to raise money within London during the early months of the English civil war. The first document, which covers the central London parish of All Hallows Honey Lane, is a listing of householders who voluntarily contributed to the war effort, following the parliamentary ordinance of 10 June 1642 which called for contributions of money, plate or horse from every individual. The brackets in the 'Relationship' column indicate a joint payment made by two people.
The second and third documents relate directly to the request made in a letter by the Lord Mayor of London on 26 November 1642, for a loan of £30,000 from the citizens of the city for the needs of the state. This letter was read subsequently in London's churches on 28 November 1642. The second document once again covers the parish of All Hallows Honey Lane, while the third covers the neighbouring parish of St Mary le Bow.