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Our past

Lloyd’s in three centuries

The Lloyd’s market has been at the forefront of the insurance industry for more than 300 years. Through major historical events, great tragedies and technological breakthroughs, this timeline traces the moments that have shaped Lloyd’s and shaped the world.

Not a breeze can blow in any latitude, not a storm can burst, not a fog can rise, in any part of the world, without recording its history here.
A journalist describes the Underwriting Room at Lloyd’s, 1859