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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): LCC/CO/GEN
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1870-1971
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 26.47 linear metres
Name of creator(s): LCC | London County Council x London County Council


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Comptroller of the London County Council was responsible for the finances and accounts of the Council, and offered financial advice to the Committees.

The Comptrollers were:
1889: A Gunn (transferred from the Metropolitan Board of Works)
1893: Sir Harry Haward
1920: HW Stovold
1933: FG Bowers
1937: AR Wood
1949: G Miles
1956: F Holland
1964: WL Abernethy


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the London County Council Comptroller, 1870-1971.

Subject and policy files on a variety of topics including financial arrangements for the transfer of education services from the School Board for London to the London County Council; sale of Thames steamboats following discontinuance of the service; procedures for dealing with drowned human bodies; collections for the Belgian and Serbian Children's Clothing Fund; local bonds for housing; rating of site values; annual maintenance estimates; education maintenance estimates; precepts and county rates; registers of County and Main Drainage Contributions and Equalisation Charges; Equalisation Fund; Fire Insurance Companies' contributions; returns made by insurance companies and associated correspondence; annual tables showing contributions due from each insurance company; loans sanctioned for other authorities and loans advanced to other authorities; loans advanced to, or sanctioned for, Vestries and District Boards of Works, Metropolitan Borough Councils, the School Board for London, the Metropolitan Asylums Board and the Boards of Guardians; register of applications from borough councils for loans; weekly cash papers; financial statements accompanying minutes of Council proceedings; invoices received for the Works account; wages books (kept as specimens); LCC Stock and Bills; returns of LCC investments; Government grants and relations with the central government; Commercial audit; First World War economy measures and savings campaigns; average weekly cost of maintenance per patient or inmate for each hospital and institution; Superannuation and Provident Fund; analysis of expenditure and receipts; Joint Select Committee on Local Government Acts Financial Adjustments; papers relating to Parliamentary Bills; London Passenger Transport Board; booklet "Pounds, Shillings and Pence - A few Notes about the Comptroller's Department, 1948"; Royal Commission on the Port of London.

Ledgers and accounting records including Capital ledgers for education; Capital accounts (excluding Joint Improvements) ledgers; Capital accounts (Classification Book) payments; Capital accounts ledger of receipts; Capital accounts ledger of payments; Joint Improvements account ledger; register of Joint Improvements; Total account ledgers; Tramways account ledgers; Aggregate accounts; Superannuation and Provident Fund Investments ledger; Investments Transactions journals

Registers of staff transferred from the Poor Law authorities on 1 April 1930 (showing details of dates of birth and appointment, pay, allowances and emoluments and superannuation and other deductions), including Bermondsey Board of Guardians, Bethnal Green Board of Guardians, Camberwell Board of Guardians, Chelsea Board of Guardians, City of London Board of Guardians, Fulham Board of Guardians, Greenwich Board of Guardians, Hackney Board of Guardians, Hammersmith Board of Guardians, Hampstead Board of Guardians, Holborn Board of Guardians, Islington Board of Guardians, Kensington Board of Guardians, Lambeth Board of Guardians, Lewisham Board of Guardians, Paddington Board of Guardians, Poplar Board of Guardians, Saint Marylebone Board of Guardians, Saint Pancras Board of Guardians, Shoreditch Board of Guardians, Southwark Board of Guardians, Stepney Board of Guardians, Wandsworth Board of Guardians, City of Westminster Board of Guardians and Woolwich Board of Guardians; Poor Law School District Boards; Metropolitan Asylums Board; Central Unemployed Body for London and Mental Hospitals.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

General: LCC/CO/GEN/1; Annual Maintenance Estimates: LCC/CO/GEN/2; Precepts and County Rates Made: LCC/CO/GEN/3; Fire Insurance Companies' Contributions: LCC/CO/GEN/4; Loans sanctioned for other authorities and loans advanced to other authorities: LCC/CO/GEN/5; Weekly cash papers: LCC/CO/GEN/6; Miscellaneous Finance: LCC/CO/GEN/7; Ledgers and Accounting Records: LCC/CO/GEN/8; Registers of staff transferred from the Poor Law authorities: LCC/CO/GEN/9.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 1998.

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:

The records of Boards of Guardians (various references); Poor Law School District Boards (various references); the Metropolitan Asylums Board (reference MAB) and the Central Unemployed Body for London (reference CUB) are held at the London Metropolitan Archives, please consult the catalogues for more information.

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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