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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): LCC/PER/B
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1890-1965
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 135.23 linear metres
Name of creator(s): LCC | London County Council x London County Council


Administrative/Biographical history:

The first registers of voters were lists of those owing land tax, since the right to vote depended on the amount of property a man owned.

It was not until the 1832 Reform Act that the creation of electoral registers became a requirement. At first these were the responsibility of the Quarter Sessions, although from 1888 they were compiled by County Councils and from 1974 by District Councils. The registers mainly list those eligible to vote for parliamentary elections although they often double as lists for local government elections.


Scope and content/abstract:

Registers of Parliamentary electors and County electors for the County of London, 1890-1965. Also registers of Parochial electors, Ownership electors (persons entitled to vote in those electoral divisions of the County of Middlesex falling in the County of London) and lists of absent voters, including those on military service.

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Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: City of London.

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. A register for Southwark district was acquired in 2005 (B05/003).

Allied Materials

Related material:

For City of London electoral registers see COL/TCD/ER; for London electoral registers 1987-1998 see PER/B and for Middlesex electoral registers see MR/PER.

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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