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STAINES AND SUNBURY LOCAL AUTHORITIES

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): ACC/1427
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Full title: STAINES AND SUNBURY LOCAL AUTHORITIES
Date(s): 1868-1965
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 23.18 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Sunbury Urban District Council
Staines Urban District Council

Context

Administrative/Biographical history:

The Local Government Act 1894 made provision for local self-government in England and Wales in the form of parish councils for every rural parish with a population of 300 and upwards. The existing rural and urban sanitary authorities became the new district councils. Further re-arrangement of districts was carried out by review, by county councils under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1929.

Rating remained in the hands of the parish overseers in 1894, although under the Public Health Act 1875 a general district rate was levied by the urban authorities. The Rating and Valuation Act 1925 abolished the rating powers of the overseers of the poor and named the new rating authorities as the councils of every county borough and urban and rural districts. A consolidated rate - 'the general rate' - replaced the confusion of various separate rates. In addition, a new valuation list was to be made for every rating area, to come into force on either 1 April 1928 or April 1929, followed by a second list in 1932, 1933 or 1934. Instructions were given in the act for draft valuation lists and records of totals to be made.

Summary of constituencies of Sunbury and Staines District Councils:

Sunbury Urban District Council:
Sunbury UDC included Sunbury Common, Charlton and Upper Halliford, Shepperton (including Lower Halliford and Shepperton Green), Ashford Common and Littleton. By the Middlesex (Feltham, Hayes, Staines and Sunbury-on-Thames) Confirmation Order, 1930, the parish of Shepperton and parts of Ashford and Littleton were transferred to Sunbury Urban District on the dissolution of Staines Rural District. As a result of local government re-organisation in the Greater London area, Sunbury Urban District was transferred to the administrative county of Surrey with effect from 1 April 1965.

Staines Urban District Council:
Staines UDC included Staines, Ashford, Laleham, Stanwell (including Stanwell Moor and Poyle). As a result of local government re-organisation in the Greater London area, Staines Urban District was transferred to the administrative county of Surrey with effect from 1 April 1965.

Staines Rural District Council:
Staine RDC included Ashford, East Bedfont with Hatton, Cranford, Hanworth, Harlington, Harmondsworth, Laleham, Littleton, Shepperton, Stanwell (part). On the dissolution of Staines Rural District in 1930, East Bedfont with Hatton and Hanworth were transferred to Feltham Urban District, Cranford and Harlington to Hayes and Harlington Urban District, and Harmondsworth to Yiewsley and West Drayton Urban District. The remaining areas were transferred to Sunbury and Staines Urban Districts, as detailed above.

In 1974 the Urban Districts of Sunbury and Staines became part of Spelthorne Borough Council, in the administrative county of Surrey.

Content

Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Littleton and Shepperton Parish, 1897-1965, including rate books, valuation lists, collecting books and balance sheets.

Records of Sunbury Urban District Council, 1895-1965, including rate books, collection books, valuation lists, rate collectors books and financial accounts.

Records of Ashford Parish, 1915-1927, comprising rate books.

Records of Staines Parish, 1897-1925, comprising rate books.

Records of Staines Urban District Council, 1868-1965, including rate books, valuation lists and financial accounts.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English

System of arrangement:

In 5 sections: Littleton and Shepperton Parishes; Sunbury Urban Distict Council; Ashford Parish; Staines parish; Staines Urban District Council.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 1998.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: City of London

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at: http://search.lma.gov.uk/opac_lma/index.htm

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received in 1978 (Acc/1427).

Allied Materials

Related material:

For more records relating to local government in the Staines area see ACC/1218; ACC/1524; 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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