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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): MCC/CL/GP
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1747-1965
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 50.66 linear metres
Name of creator(s): MCC | Middlesex County Council x Middlesex County Council


Administrative/Biographical history:

The General Purposes Committee was responsible for matters of general principle and policy, and matters which affected more than one committee, but which were not designated as the responsibility of any one of those committees. It was also responsible for departments which did not have a separate committee.

Responsiblities of the General Purposes Committee:
* Coroners for Middlesex
* the Architect's Department
* the Local Tax Department
* town planning
* the Public Control Department
* public relations
* refuse dumps
* registration of births, marriages and deaths
* public swimming pools
* county boundaries and local government areas
* county and parliamentary elections
* financial assistance to bodies in the County working to promote trade, industry or commerce
* Alexandra Palace, Wood Green
* Hogarth's House, Chiswick
* ceremonials
* the coordination of dates and times of committee meetings
* the coordination of ceremonies
* control of MCC publications
* representing the MCC at external conferences
* general administration


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Middlesex County Council Clerk's Department relating to the General Purposes Committee, 1747-1965. General files on a variety of subjects including inspection of weights and measures, ward divisions, parish boundaries, elections and electoral divisions, finance, the County Architect, licensing, refuse disposal and gravel pits, the registration of births, deaths and marriages, Alexandra Palace, building projects and architectural services, Hogarth House, ceremonies, ancient monuments, exhibitions, town twinning, local valuation panels, purchase of motor vehicles for use by staff, the Public Control department, policy and functions of the Supplies Committee, appointment of coroners, local authority boundaries, airports, health services, gas supply, County Council seal and coat of arms, light railways and tramways, plans of Mogden sewer works and maps of Local Board areas.

Orders made by the County Council; minutes of conferences between Middlesex County Council and local authorities on the General Review of County Districts; minutes of proceedings of local enquiry into county electoral divisions; registers of premises storing explosives, registers of licensed employment agencies, registers of performing animals, registers of theatrical employers and registers of poison sellers.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

MCC/CL/GP/01-04: General; MCC/CL/GP/05: Treatment of venereal disease; MCC/CL/GP/B: Boundaries; MCC/CL/GP/CER: Ceremonial; MCC/CL/GP/L: Licensing; MCC/CL/GP/MISC: Miscellaneous; MCC/CL/GP/MP: Maps and plans; MCC/CL/GP/T: Public transport; MCC/CL/GP/V: Rating.

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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