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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): LCC/CE/WAR
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1934-1948
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 4.67 linear metres
Name of creator(s): LCC | London County Council x London County Council


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


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the London County Council Chief Engineer's Department relating to Emergency Wartime Measures, including prewar subject files relating to air raid and civil defence precautions, 1934-1939, including rescue parties, special devices and inventions, navigation lights on the Thames, sand bags, movement of vehicles, first aid posts, anti aircraft batteries, barrage balloons, warden's posts, blackouts, coordination of road repairs and emergency repair depots; papers relating to the emergency running of the Woolwich Ferry, 1938-1939; papers of the London Regional Council and London Civil Defence Region Coordinating Committee, 1938-1939.

Subject files of the London Civil Defence Region, 1939-1945, relating to bridges, subways, road repairs, river defences, gas installations, sewers, water and gas mains, war debris disposal, plant and materials, water supply, mobile cranes, hurricane lamps, electricity, decontamination, regional exercises, radio security, unexploded bombs, rehousing homeless people, mutual assistance arrangements, invasion defences, labour surveys and dumps for debris disposal; papers of the Technical Advisory Committee on Civil Defence (London Regional Engineers and Surveyors), 1939-1945; papers of the Coordination of Road Repairs Groups, 1939-1944; notes and documents gathered in preparation for a history of the wartime activities of the Chief Engineer's Department (this book was not written).

Home Security Circulars, 1941-1945; Home Security Regional Circulars, 1940-1945; London Region Circulars, 1939-1945; London Civil Defence Regions Operations Circulars, 1939-1945; Air Raid Precautions Service equipment bulletins, memoranda, handbooks and training manuals, 1937-1945; Provisional Code for Air Raid Shelters, 1939; various publications relating to air raid precautions and emergency measures, 1939-1945.

London Civil Defence Region situation reports, 1940-1945; daily situation reports from various LCC departments, 1939-1945; situation reports on the state of London drainage, bridges, gas mains, railway lines, cables and mains, 1940-1945; weekly summaries of roads obstructed, 1940-1945; analysis of situation reports, 1941-1944; Group Engineer log books, 1940-1948; log books of Road Repairs Coordinating Branch of the London Civil Defence Region, 1940-1945; log of Thames flood prevention emergency repairs, 1940-1945.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

LCC/CE/WAR/01: Air raid precautions; LCC/CE/WAR/02: London Civil Defence Region; LCC/CE/WAR/03: Circulars and Handbooks; LCC/CE/WAR/04: Reports; LCC/CE/WAR/05: Log books.

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 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.

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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