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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): LCC/HSG/FIN
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1908-1934
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 0.95 linear metres
Name of creator(s): LCC | London County Council x London County Council


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Council's functions in relation to housing were originally exercised by the Valuer but were separated in 1901 to form an independent Department under a Housing Manager. In 1919, the greatly increased work involved in the preparation and development of new schemes led to the appointment of a Director of Housing responsible both for development planning and for the management of estates, the former Housing Manager at this stage becoming a subordinate officer under him. In 1921, the Department as a whole was again merged with that of the Valuer. This position continued until 1 April 1954 when a separate Department was again created under a Director of Housing. Originally designated Housing Management Department, it was renamed Housing Department in 1960. The Housing Department's work was focussed mainly on slum clearance, the construction of new housing estates both inside London and out of county, and the post-war provision of emergency housing.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the London County Council Housing Department relating to finance, 1908-1934, including estimates for the Becontree Estate and Old Oak Estate; loan sanctions for local housing operations by Bermondsey Borough Council, Poplar Borough Council, Wandsworth Borough Council and Woolwich Borough Council; subsidy registers, containing copies of reports and Council minutes fixing rents and giving estimated financial results, lists of houses subject to special conditions and copies of completion certificates, for the Becontree Estate, Castelnau Estate, Wormholt Estate, White Hart Lane Estate and Downham Estate.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

LCC/HSG/FIN/01: Loan sanctions; LCC/HSG/FIN/02: Subsidy registers.

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 more records relating to LCC housing estates please see the Chief Engineer's records (LCC/CE), the Architect's Department records (LCC/AR), the Valuation Department records (LCC/VA) and the Clerk's Department records (LCC/CL/HSG).

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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