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London Metropolitan Archives



Reference code(s): COL/CC/STS

Held at: London Metropolitan Archives


Date(s): 1865-1968

Level of description: sub-fonds

Extent: 38.4 linear metres

Name of creator(s): Corporation of London


Administrative/Biographical history:

The concept of the Court of Common Council grew from the ancient custom of the Folkmoot, when the assent of the citizens to important acts was obtained. This custom was continued by the Mayor who consulted the Commons several times during the 13th century. From 1376 the assembly began to meet regularly and was referred to as the Common Council. It was decided that the Council should be made up of persons elected from each Ward. By 1384 a permanent Common Council chosen by the citizens was established for all time. The Council assumed legislative functions and adopted financial powers, confirmed by Charters of 1377 and 1383. The Council has often used these powers to amend the civic constitution, regulate the election of Lord Mayor and other officials, and amend the functions of the City courts. The Council was judged so successful in the conduct of its duties that it was the only Corporation unreformed by Parliament following the Municipal Corporations Commission report of 1837, while the Corporation Inquiry Commission of 1854 suggested only minor reforms. The work of the Council is conducted by a number of committees, while the whole Council has the right to approve policy, confirm major decisions and sanction expenditure. The committees handle many aspects of the running of the City including land and estates, finance and valuation, open spaces, street improvement and town planning, public health, police, Port of London, civil defence, airports, libraries, markets, education, and law. The Town Clerk has held responsibility for recording the minutes of the Council and its committees since 1274.

The Streets Committee was a sub-committee of the Court of Commissioners of Sewers, later the Public Health Department.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Streets Committee, Commissioners of Sewers/Public Health Department, including minutes, 1865-1968; minute book of sub-committee on wharves, 1881-1897; minute book of sub-committee on contracts, 1898-1900; minute book of Parliamentary sub-committee, 1905-1915; committee papers, 1916-1958; report books, 1866-1947. Committee papers include files on various topics relating to public health, including: drainage and sewage works; subways; electric and gas lighting; gas and electricity supply; personnel issues including uniforms; telephone kiosks, byelaws for control of flags and banners; paving works; street cleaning; horses; refuse removal; destruction of bad eggs, Bermondsey; byelaws as to removal of house refuse and London traffic; waste paper; street numbering; dangerous structures; street accidents in Greater London; pedestrian crossing places; burial grounds; City gardens; snow removal; street lighting; mechanical cleaning vehicles; traffic control and statues and monuments.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

In sections according to catalogue.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright City of London.

Physical characteristics:


Finding aids:

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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Corporation of London Records Office.


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

For records of the Corporation of London relating to public health, including the provision of welfare and housing services, see: CLA/006: City of London Commissioners of Sewers, COL/CC/FCC: Food Control Committee, COL/CC/GWC: Gas/Gas and Water Committee, COL/CC/HEB: City of London Board of Health, COL/CC/HEC: Health Committee, COL/CC/HGC: Housing Committee, COL/CC/ITP: Joint (Public Health Department) Committee, COL/CC/LAC: Litter Act Committee, COL/CC/LFC: Local Food Control Committee, COL/CC/MIN: Committees, COL/CC/PBC: Public Health Committee, COL/CC/PHC: Port and City of London Health Committee, COL/CC/PHE: Port Health and Environmental Services Committee, COL/CC/PHS: Port and City of London Health and Social Services Committee, COL/CC/PLH: Port of London Health Committee, COL/CC/SHC: Special Housing Committee, COL/CC/SIC: Select and Special Committees, COL/CC/SSC: Social Services Committee, COL/CC/STS: Streets Committee, COL/CC/WCD: Whole Court (Public Health Department) Committee, COL/ESD: Environmental Services Department, COL/PL: Plans, the papers of the Community Services Department (COL/CSD), the papers of the Public Health Department (COL/PHD), the papers of the Planning Department (COL/PLD), the papers of the Surveyor's Department (COL/SVD) and the papers of the Technical Services Department (COL/TSD).

Publication note:



Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: February 2009

Electric lighting | Lighting
Maintenance | Engineering
Monuments | Architecture
Road accidents | Traffic accidents | Accidents | Disasters
Street furniture | Transport infrastructure
Streets | Roads | Transport infrastructure
Subways | Transport infrastructure
Transport safety | Safety
Urban traffic | Traffic | Transport
Waste disposal | Sanitation | Environmental engineering
Traffic accidents x Transport safety

Personal names

Corporate names
Streets Committee | Commissioners of Sewers | Court of Common Council | Corporation of London
Streets Committee | Public Health Department | Court of Corporation of London

City of London | London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe