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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): LCC/CL/HIG
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1882-1966
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 6.5 linear metres
Name of creator(s): LCC | London County Council x London County Council


Administrative/Biographical history:

The London County Council delegated administrative matters to its committees, both standing committees and a number of special committees appointed for specific purposes. The committees met frequently, either weekly or fortnightly, while the Council met weekly. Committee reports requiring decision by the Council were dealt with weekly, and each committee reported to the Council every 6 months. In addition the Council also had representatives on many bodies such as industrial councils, school governing bodies and charitable foundations. For the purpose of carrying out the services of the Council, the staff is organised into departments, each of which is under the responsibility of a chief officer.

The Clerk of the Council was the chief administrative officer of the Council, acting as the clerk of the Council itself as well as the various committees. Additional important duties of the Clerk's Department included the maintenance of the library for members of the Council at City Hall, the preparation of general publications and the responsibility for general work including records.

The London County Council committees relating to highways were:
Highways Committee - 1889-1939
Highways and Main Drainage Committee - 1939-1940
Town Planning Committee - 1940-1950
Roads Committee - 1950-1965

In addition to its functions in relation to highways, to the tramways, to bridges and tunnels (after the disbandment of the Bridges Committee) and the passenger steamboat service (1905-07), the Highways Committee was also responsible for the Councils activities in regard to the electricity undertakings. These included the early attempts to secure municipalisation and later the statutory provisions for regulation of the industry.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the London County Council Clerk's Department relating to highways, 1882-1966, including papers relating to the establishment of an electricity supply in London, including charges, laying of mains and Battersea Power Station; papers relating to roads including proposals, legislation affecting roads, motorways and road improvements; papers relating to individual road schemes; papers relating to Thames crossings including weak bridges, railway bridges, tunnels, embankments, the Blackwall Tunnel, the Woolwich Free Ferry, the Rotherhithe Tunnel, Albert Bridge, Charing Cross Bridge, Chelsea Bridge, Hammersmith Bridge, Lambeth Bridge, Putney Bridge, Wandsworth Bridge, Waterloo Bridge and Westminster Bridge.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Electricity supply: LCC/CL/HIG/1; Roads, bridges and tunnels: LCC/CL/HIG/2.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: Depositor

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 other London County Council committees concerned with roads, see LCC/CL/IMP and LCC/CL/MD.

Publication note:

For further information on the history of the LCC please see Achievement: A Short History of the London County Council by W Eric Jackson (1965), LMA Library reference 18.0 1965, The London County Council 1938, LMA Library reference 18.7 SER 4, and The Youngest County: A description of London as a county and its public services, 1951, LMA Library reference 18.0 1951.

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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