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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): LCC/VA/GOAD
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1923-1957
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 2.83 linear metres
Name of creator(s): LCC | London County Council x London County Council


Administrative/Biographical history:

The London County Council's housing work was administered by the Housing and Public Health Committee. The Valuer, with the Valuation Department, was responsible for the acquisition of property and maintenance and management of the Council's dwellings.

Charles Goad began his career in 1869 by working as a surveyor for Canadian Railway Companies. He saw the potential of drawing up plans of towns and villages that showed the construction of buildings in order to assist fire insurance companies. On returning to England he began publishing a similar series and also began similar series for parts of Europe, South Africa, the Middle East and the West Indies. His first London plan seems to have been published in 1885 and the last revisions were made in 1970 when the company ceased to produce fire insurance plans.


Scope and content/abstract:

Goad Fire Insurance Plans used by the London County Council Valuation Department, 1923-1957. The plans in this series consist of two sets of plans bound in large volumes which cover the London area. Those numbered I - XII map in detail the central areas of London north and south of the River Thames, and include the docks and the Regents Canal. The second set are lettered A - K (there is no letter I) and only survey in detail the 'congested areas' in the rest of the County of London. These latter plans extend into Essex to a certain extent but omit parts of south and much of south-east London.

Each volume consists of plans in numerical order beginning with one or more key plans. Detailed information given includes street names and name changes, house numbers, street widths, the nature of any business carried out, the names of occupiers of large buildings or large numbers of buildings, the structure of buildings, existing fire precautions, dimensions of rooms and where relevant, information about floors other than the ground floor. Much of the structural information is conveyed by signs. Very occaisionally a section of the building is shown.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

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:

The plans in these volumes were believed to have been transferred to the former Greater London Record Office from the Valuer's Department. Although, strictly speaking, they are not part of the archives of that department, they would have been consulted extensively there and were therefore catalogued with the other Valuer's records.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Acquired with the records of its parent body, the London County Council.

Allied Materials

Related material:

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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