muniment room

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muniment house, (Brit.) muniment room

A secure structure or area for storing and displaying important documents, official seals, etc.
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As a history student here he was regarded as one of the best of his generation and it was his interest in history that led him, together with his long-time friend, the chain-smoking bibliophile Bob Owen Croesor, to trawl through the muniment rooms of the landed estates of North Wales; those rooms where important titledeeds and other estate documents were stored.
The pioneer here was James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, who spent parts of twenty years, from the 1850s through the 1870s, visiting record repositories and muniment rooms throughout England.
Bills from Oxford goldsmiths, dug out of college muniment rooms, show that most were acting simply as retailers for London firms.