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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): LCC/CL/WAT
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1721-1920
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 3.57 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.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the London County Council Clerk's Department relating to the Water Committee, 1721-1920, including Local and General Acts of Parliament relating to the Chelsea Waterworks Company, East London Waterworks Company, Grand Junction Waterworks Company, Kent Waterworks Company, Lambeth Waterworks Company, New River Company, Southwark and Vauxhall Water Company and West Middlesex Waterworks Company; Local and General Acts of Parliament relating to water undertakings; financial accounts of metropolitan water companies, including analysis and report; agreements by water companies on 1st March 1880 for sale of their undertakings to a proposed new public trust to be set up with Parliamentary authority; water supply matters; municipal waterworks outside London; Royal Commission on Metropolitan Water Supply and Royal Commission on Water Supply; analysis of quality and pollution of water supplies; proposed new regulations for London Water Companies; London Water Bill, 1902; arbitration proceedings; maps and plans of individual waterworks; maps showing areas of supply, boundaries, and so on; annual and monthly reports on the composition and quality of daily samples of water supplied to London during the year; annual reports of the Water Examiner appointed under the Metropolis Water Act 1871; report by LCC Engineer on the London Water Supply from the Thames and Lea; annual reports of the Metropolitan Water Board; reports on chemical and bacteriological examination of London Water supplies and Metropolitan Water Board reports on research work.

Bolton's London Water Supply, revised edition by Philip A Scratchley, 1888; The Metropolitan Water Supply by H.C. Richards and W.H.C. Payne, 1891; The Position of the London Water Companies by H.L.Cripps, 1892; The Bacteriology of Water, First and Second Reports to the Water Research Committee of the Royal Society by Professors P.F. Frankland and Marshall Ward, 1892-1893; The Bacteriology of Water, Third Report, 1894 and London Water Supply by H.C. Richards and W.H.C. Payne, 1899.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Printed papers and reports: LCC/CL/WAT/1/1-106.

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 records of the Metropolitan Water Board see ACC/3306, ACC/3818, ACC/2558 and LMA/4064.

Publication note:

For the background to the abortive attempt by the London County Council to secure the municipalisation of water supply undertakings, see the note on page 329 of the hand list of LCC Minutes and Papers and pages 622 - 627 of History of the London County Council, 1889 - 1939 by Gibbon and Bell, LMA Library reference 18.0.

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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