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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): ACC/1286
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1957
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.01 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Enfield Urban District Council


Administrative/Biographical history:

Enfield Urban District was incorporated in 1955, by which date it was the second largest urban district in the country, with a population exceeding those of 39 of the 83 county boroughs. The borough had 10 wards: Bush Hill Park, Cambridge Road, Chase, Enfield Wash, Green Street, Ordnance, Ponders End, Town, West, and Willow, each electing three councillors. In 1965 the borough became part of Enfield London Borough, under the London Government Act of 1963.

The local board met in the Town until 1888, when Little Park, Gentleman's Row, was bought as council offices. Land for a new town hall in Church Street was purchased in 1902 but the Urban District Council remained at Little Park until 1961, when the first part of a new civic centre in Silver Street, designed by Eric G. Boughton, was opened. The uncompleted building was the administrative centre of Enfield London Borough in 1971, when the old offices in Little Park served as the health department. In 1972 work began on extensions to the civic centre, also designed by Boughton and including an eleven-storeyed tower block.

From: 'Enfield: Local government', A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 5: Hendon, Kingsbury, Great Stanmore, Little Stanmore, Edmonton Enfield, Monken Hadley, South Mimms, Tottenham (1976), pp. 241-243 (available online).


Scope and content/abstract:

Conditions, instructions and requirements for use of competing architects, in architectural competition for a civic centre, to be built in Silver Street, Enfield, 1957.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

One item

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: City of London

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received in 1975 (Acc/1286).

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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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