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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): RMSB
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1863-1965
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 6.67 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Richmond Main Sewerage Board


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Richmond Main Sewerage Board was created by Provisional Order of the Local Government Board under Section 279 of the Public Health Act, 1875 in 1887 to serve the parishes of Richmond, Kew, Petersham, North Sheen, Barnes and Mortlake, its members being appointed by the two sanitary authorities covering this area, the Richmond Corporation, which supplied six members (including the Mayor ex officio) and the Richmond Rural Sanitary Authority which also supplied six members (including the Chairman, ex officio). When the rural authority ceased to exist in 1892, part of its area was added to the borough of Richmond and the remainder was administered by a newly-created Barnes Urban Sanitary Authority (later Urban District Council) and, by an order of the Local Government Board in the following year, the constitution of the Richmond Main Sewerage Board was changed, Richmond supplying 7 members and Barnes 6. Barnes received a charter of incorporation as a municipal borough in 1932.

The Sewage Works in Westhall Road, Kew Gardens were opened in 1891, and were reconstructed over the period 1947-1960.


Scope and content/abstract:

Minutes of the Board, 1887-1965; minutes of Finance Committee, 1916-1965; minutes of Works Committee, 1950-1965; letter books, 1909-1964; wages account books, 1893-1965; register of tenders and contracts, 1951-1954; visitors books for the Kew Sewage Works, 1891-1961; press cuttings albums, 1886-1963; booklet "The Richmond Main Sewerage Board - The Main Drainage of the District" by W. Fairley, 1926; three maps showing layout of main sewers, 1888; photographs including Colonel J.L.G. Powell, Clerk to the Board, 1887-1909; Mr Stampa W. Lambert, Chairman of the Board, 1909-1921; Lieutenant Colonel W Merrick, Member of the Board, 1909-1912 and Clerk to the Board, 1925; laying of memorial stone at the Works, 6 October 1890; group photograph taken at an Inspection of the Works, 30 July 1924 and photographs of new oil engine, 1930.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

RMSB/1-11: Minutes; RMSB/12-49: Letter Books; RMSB/50-132: Wages Books; MSB/133-139: General; RMSB/140: Maps; RMSB/141: Photographs.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: City of London.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Acquired with the records of its successor body.

Allied Materials

Related material:

For further records relating to sewers in London please see MCS: Metropolitan Commission of Sewers; PCS: Poplar Commission of Sewers; SKCS: Surrey and Kent Commission of Sewers; THCS: Tower Hamlets Commission of Sewers; WCS: Westminster and Middlesex Commission of Sewers; NSJSB: North Surrey Joint Sewage Board; O/080 and O/160: Westminster Commission of Sewers; ACC/2766: Crossness Pumping Station; GCS: Greenwich Commission of Sewers; HLCS: Havering Level Commission of Sewers; HFCS: Holborn and Finsbury Commission of Sewers; RMSB: Richmond Main Sewerage Board; STKCS: Saint Katherine's Commission of Sewers; WVA: Wandle Valley Main Drainage Authority and MBW: Metropolitan Board of Works. For the City of London see CLA/006: City of London Commissioners of Sewers.

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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