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CHIEF ENGINEER'S DEPARTMENT: MAIN DRAINAGE AND FLOOD PREVENTION

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): LCC/CE/MD
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Full title: CHIEF ENGINEER'S DEPARTMENT: MAIN DRAINAGE AND FLOOD PREVENTION
Date(s): 1886-1965
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 26.28 linear metres
Name of creator(s): LCC | London County Council x London County Council

Context

Administrative/Biographical history:

The Chief Engineer was responsible for overseeing construction and maintenance of LCC buildings, bridges, roads and tunnels. He was also responsible for flood prevention measures, drainage and sewerage and other matters of public health.

The London County Council Chief Engineer and County Surveyors:
1889: J Gordon and C Dunscombe
1890 Sir Alexander Binnie
1901 Sir Maurice Fitzmaurice
1913 Sir George Humphreys
1930 Sir Peirson Frank
1946 Sir Joseph Rawlinson
1962 FM Fuller

Content

Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the London County Council Chief Engineer's Department relating to drainage and flood prevention, including applications to connect drains to sewers, 1889-1936; register of applications to connect drains to sewers, 1886-1909; Chemists' weekly returns from the Barking and Crossness sewage pumping stations, 1890-1905; Engineer's weekly returns from the Barking and Crossness sewage pumping stations, 1893-1905; logs of sludge vessels, 1903-1904; annual returns of treatment and disposal of sewage, and of quantity of sewage pumped and costs of working the Barking and Crossness pumping stations, 1893-1934; further papers and reports relating to London drainage, the purification and disposal of Thames sewage and the Barking and Crossness pumping stations, 1854-1901; reports on Thames flood prevention, 1903-1935; booklet on London's mains drainage, 1960; reports on the pollution of the Thames, 1935-1936; descriptive brochure to mark the completion of new sewage treatment plant at Crossness, 1964; précis of Metropolitan Board of Works and London County Council minutes relating to each main sewer and general mains drainage, 1856-1939; original tide gauge charts for the Thames, taken at various locations, 1882-1953; tables showing the times and recorded levels of high and low tides each day at each of the gauges of the London County Council, the Port of London Authority and the Thames Conservancy Board, 1929-1957; diagrams showing the respective quantities of sea water, inland water and sewage in the various reaches of the Thames on 14th September 1882; cross-section of River Thames at selected points, to accompany the Chief Engineer's report to the Rivers Committee on 28 November, 1900; drawings of sludge vessels, 1920s; diagram of tidal experiments at Sea Reach using floats, 1890; log books of sludge vessels, 1954-1965; engineer's survey notebooks, detailing drainage and levels, 1895-1965.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English

System of arrangement:

LCC/CE/MD/01: Applications to connect drains to sewers; LCC/CE/MD/02: Reports; LCC/CE/MD/03-04: Tide gauges; LCC/CE/ME/05: Plans; LCC/CE/ME/06: Sludge vessel log books; LCC/CE/ME/07: Engineer's surveys.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

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:

Acquired with the records of its parent body, the London County Council.

Allied Materials

Related material:

For London County Council Chief Engineer's Department see LCC/CE/DO; LCC/CE/GEN; LCC/CE/MD; LCC/CE/MD; LCC/CE/PH; LCC/CE/RB and LCC/CE/WAR. See ACC/2766 for Crossness Pumping Station and MBW for the Metropolitan Board of Works.


Publication note:

For a detailed history of LCC sewage works see "Achievement: A Short History of the London County Council" by W Eric Jackson (1965), LMA Library reference 18.0 1965 and "The London County Council 1938", LMA Library reference 18.7 (SER 4).

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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