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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): LCC/CL/MD
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1872-1965
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 3.34 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.

Committees concerned with Main Drainage, Rivers and Flood Prevention were:
Main Drainage Committee, 1889-1934
Rivers Committee, 1894-1909
Fire Brigade and Main Drainage Committee, 1934-1942
Housing and Public Health Committee, 1942-1947
Housing Committee, 1947-1950
Rivers and Drainage Committee, 1950-1965


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the London County Council Clerk's Department relating to Committees concerned with main drainage, rivers and flood prevention. Committee Clerk's general papers on a variety of topics including: atmospheric pollution and fogs in London, 1902-1906; smoke nuisance legislation, 1904-1932; sewage treatment and disposal, 1903-1946; drainage and sewerage of the Lee Valley, 1901-1938; out-of-County drainage through Beckenham, Bexley, Croydon, East Ham and West Ham, 1919-1943; Eltham Relief Sewer, 1937-1939; King's Scholars' Pond Sewer, 1912-1934; ventilation of sewers, 1907-1935; land drainage, 1928-1964; main drainage, 1889-1913.

Royal Commission on Land Drainage, Drainage of the Thames Valley and Thames Floods Prevention, 1932-1934; Thames flood prevention, 1928-1965; storm water flooding, 1919-1946; buildings on low-lying land, 1931-1965; Thames Conservancy Board report on Flooding of Urban and Agricultural Districts in the Thames Valley, 1947; legal position of LCC relating to flood prevention, 1928-1961; proposed Thames Flood Barrage and Barrier, 1936-1966; embankments, 1950-1964; flood prevention works, 1937-1965; flooding in Kensington and West London, 1960-1965; rivers including the Beverley and Pyl Brooks, 1931-1955, the Graveney, 1925-1962, the River Lea (or Lee), 1928-1963, the Ravensbourne, 1943-1964, the Wandle, 1928-1965; the condition of the River Thames, including correspondence with Port of London Authority, 1929-1946; Thames and Lee Conservancies, 1893-1900; Lee Conservancy, 1893-1900.

Bridges including the Albert Bridge, 1951-1965, Battersea Bridge, 1950-1964, Chelsea Bridge, 1951-1962; Hammersmith Bridge, 1950-1965; Lambeth Bridge, 1951-1964, Putney Bridge, 1950-1960, Vauxhall Bridge, 1951-1965, Wandsworth Bridge, 1954-1963, Waterloo Bridge, 1950-1965, Westminster Bridge, 1952-1965; effect on bridges of abandonment of tramways, 1950-1955; tunnels, 1950-1965; Woolwich Free Ferry, 1933-1965; bye laws relating to ferries and tunnels, 1950-1965; Thames Steamboat Service, 1894-1932; Greenwich Pier, 1950-1952.

Port of London, 1872-1908; printed reports and minutes of evidence, Royal Commission on Port of London, 1900-1902; Port of London Bill sessional papers, 1903-1904; maps of Port of London and of River Thames from London Bridge to Warden Point, 1900-1907; Port of London Authority river pollution jurisdiction, 1962-1964.

Greater London Council Joint Committee: Working Party "E" (Drainage, sewerage, flood prevention, etc services transferable to the GLC), 1964-1965.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

LCC/CL/HMD/1/1-130: Committee Clerk's General papers.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: City of London.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

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 records relating to sewers and drainage, see LCC/CE/MD, for tunnels and ferries see LCC/CE/RB. Records of the Port of London, Thames Conservancy and Thames Navigation are at CLA/036-037.

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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