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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): MCC/CL/COUN
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1882-1965
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 1.66 linear metres
Name of creator(s): MCC | Middlesex County Council x Middlesex County Council


Administrative/Biographical history:

In 1888 the Local Government Act provided for the establishment of county councils, with constitutions on the lines of a borough council. County Councils were constituted of aldermen and councillors, the councillors being directly elected by the local government electors (for which purpose each county was divided into electoral divisions), the aldermen being elected by the councillors, the proportion being one alderman for three councillors. The aldermen and councillors held office for six years and three years respectively. There is, however, no mayor - the aldermen and councillors are required to elect a Chairman who held office for one year and could be re-elected, but who did not have to be an elected councillor. A vice-chairman was also elected from the members of the county council.

The boroughs and urban districts from which councillors were elected in 1889 were: Staines, Sunbury, Feltham, Stanwell, Uxbridge, Hillingdon, Hayes, Norwood, Heston, Hounslow, Isleworth, Twickenham East, Twickenham West, Teddington, Hampton, Brentford East, Brentford West, Ealing North, Ealing South, Chiswick, Turnham Green, Acton North, Acton South, Hanwell, Harrow-on-the-Hill, Harrow, Pinner, Willesden West, Willesden East, Kilburn North, Kilburn South, Hendon, Friern Barnet, Finchley North, Finchley South, Highgate, Hornsey, Finsbury Park, South Hornsey (Brownswood Park), South Hornsey (Milton Road), Tottenham Lower, Tottenham Middle, Tottenham High Cross, Tottenham Saint Ann's, Tottenham West Green, Edmonton North, Edmonton South, Southgate North, Southgate South, Enfield East, Enfield Central and Enfield West.

At one of the first Council meetings in March 1889 the formation of Committees was considered. Councillors were elected to the Finance, Highways, General Purposes, Parliamentary, Asylum, Contagious Diseases (Animals) Act and Standing Joint Committees. The introduction of new legislation made ever increasing demands upon the Council, involving in later years monthly meetings of some 50 committees and sub-committees.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Middlesex County Council Clerk's Department relating to County Councillors, 1882-1965, including papers relating to Middlesex County Council elections including registers of polling places, registers of electors, poll results, and general papers concerning elections; papers regarding Councillors, including records of results of elections, declarations of acceptance of office, attendance books, press attendance registers, biographies of Councillors and the constitution of the County Council. Also year books, diaries and almanacs.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

MCC/CL/COUN/01: Middlesex County Council elections; MCC/CL/COUN/02: Middlesex County Councillors; MCC/CL/COUN/03: Year books.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the Corporation of London

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Acquired with the records of its parent authority, the Middlesex County Council, and with successor authorities.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

For further information on the history of the Middlesex County Council please see Middlesex by Sir Clifford Radcliffe (2 editions, 1939 and 1953), LMA Library reference 97.09 MID; and The County Council of the Administrative County of Middlesex: 76 years of local government, 1 April 1889 to 31 March 1965, by Middlesex County Council (1965), LMA library reference S97.09 MID.

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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