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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): MCC/CL/JC
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1891-1919
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 1927 the Joint Thames Bridges Committee was formed as a joint undertaking between Surrey County Council and Middlesex County Council to construct new bridges over the River Thames between the two counties. By 1903 the two Councils had provided the present King Edward VII bridge at Kew (Kew Bridge), designed by John Wolfe Barry, and subsequently erected three new bridges at Hampton Court, Twickenham and Chiswick.

Kingston Bridge connects Kingston to Hampton Court Park and carries the A308 road. It was first constructed in the medieval period, but a new bridge was erected in 1825. In 1912-1914 the bridge was widened, with the carriageway increased from 25 feet to 55 feet. A new facade of Portland stone was also added.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Middlesex County Council Clerk's Department relating to the Joint Thames Bridges Committee, 1891-1919. Papers relating to King Edward VII Bridge (Kew Bridge), including copies of relevant legislation; resolutions; reports of the Surveyor and Solicitors; correspondence; plans; specifications for tender and papers relating to the opening ceremony, including photographs.

Papers relating to Kingston Bridge, including copies of relevant legislation; plans; correspondence; instructions for tendering; reports; acquisition of land and sale of land.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

MCC/CL/JC/01-1: Kew Bridge; MCC/CL/JC/01-2: Kingston Bridge.

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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