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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): MCC/CL/CS
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1909-1934
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 1.33 linear metres
Name of creator(s): MCC | Middlesex County Council x Middlesex County Council


Administrative/Biographical history:

In 1889 County Council policy was directed by 72 members and administered under the leadership of Sir Richard Nicolson, Clerk of the County Council, and a handful of staff. The number of members has risen to 116 by 1952 and by 1965 the County staff numbered some 32,000, of whom 2,000 head office staff occupied the Guildhall and five other offices in Westminster. This indicates the tremendous increase in administrative work under successive Clerks of the County Council.

In the years between the two wars a semi-rural county became an almost completely urbanised area. The introduction of new legislation made ever increased demands upon members of the administrative staff, involving in later years monthly meetings of some 50 committees and sub-committees.

The Middlesex County Council Clerks of the Council were:
Sir Richard Nicholson, 1889-1909
Walter George Austin, 1909-1918
Sir Ernest Walter Sidney Hart, 1919-1935
Sir Clifford Walter Radcliffe, 1935-1954
Kenneth Goodacre, 1955-1965.

The County Solicitor offered legal advice to the Councillors and was responsible for certain transactions. Sir Richard Nicholson, Sir Clifford Radcliffe and Kenneth Goodacre all doubled as the County Clerk and Solicitor.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Middlesex County Council Clerk's Department relating to the County Solicitor, 1909-1934, including correspondence; general advice; papers relating to light railways and electric tramways; papers relating to the Small Dwelling Acquisition Act; gas examiners reports; ledgers of the advance for compensation account; ledgers of the petty disbursement account and report on registration of title.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

MCC/CL/CS/01: General; MCC/CL/CS/02: Reports.

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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