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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): ACC/1524
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1781-1953
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 4.93 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Staines Local Board of Health
Staines Urban District Council
Staines Rural District Council


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Local Government Act 1894 made further provision for local self-government in England and Wales by establishing parish meetings for every rural parish and parish councils for every rural parish with a population of 300 and upwards. The existing urban and rural sanitary authorities became the new district councils, thus Staines Local Board of Health, set up in 1872, became Staines Urban District Council and Staines Rural District Council was formed out of the Staines Union Rural Sanitary Authority. Under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1929 a rearrangement of county districts was carried out by review by Middlesex County Council. Staines Rural District Council was dissolved in 1930 and the constituent parishes were transferred to neighbouring urban districts.

Summary of local authorities in Staines:-

Staines Local Board of Health, 1872-1894

Staines Urban District Council, 1894-1974, comprising:
1894-1930 Staines, Stanwell (part from 1896)
1930-1974 Staines, Ashford, Laleham, Stanwell (including Stanwell Moor and Poyle).

Staines Rural District Council, 1894-1930, comprising:
Ashford, East Bedfont with Hatton, Cranford, Hanworth, Harlington, Harmondsworth, Laleham, Littleton, Shepperton, Stanwell (part).


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Staines Local Board of Health, 1883-1929, comprising minute books, notice of bye-laws relating to Staines Commons and petition to Parliament for exclusion from Coal and Wine Duties Bill.

Records of Staines Urban District Council, 1894-1946, including minute books of various Committees including the Highways Committee and the Cemetery Committee; copies of agreements; reports and inquiries; financial accounts and town planning schemes including plans.

Records of Staines Rural District Council, 1894-1934, including Council minute books; Committee minute books; Parochial Committee minute books; reports; correspondence; housing scheme plans and town planning meetings.

Records of parishes in Staines, 1803-1953, including poor rate books; papers relating to tithes; papers relating to maintenance of roads, including plans; minute books of various Committees; and bills for maintenance work done.

Records of other bodies, 1828-1930, including the Commissioners of Staines Bridge; Staines Poor Law Union; Staines Joint Hospital District; Sunbury Hall Company Limited and Staines School Board.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

In 6 sessions: Parishes; Staines Local Board; Staines Urban District Council; Staines Rural District Council; Autonomous Bodies; Miscellaneous.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: City of London.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received in 1980 (ACC/1524).

Allied Materials

Related material:

For more records relating to local government in the Staines area see ACC/1218; ACC/1427; ACC/1747; ACC/2155 and ACC/3408.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's 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:
April to June 2009

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