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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): MCC/CL/L/EH
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1889-1965
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 46.54 linear metres
Name of creator(s): MCC | Middlesex County Council x Middlesex County Council


Administrative/Biographical history:

The County Council acquired over the years large areas of land and many buildings, in order to carry out its statutory functions, and the responsibility for these properties fell to the Estates and Valuation service. The types of property acquired or leased have covered the widest possible range and included houses, shops, commercial premises, sports grounds, country estates and land for schools and highways improvements.

Management of all properties acquired until brought into use for operational purposes was a major responsibility, as instanced by the Green Belt estates extending to some 10,000 acres and comprising farm holdings, country estates, and golf courses acquired to prevent development, thus preserving the amenities of the countryside.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Middlesex County Council Clerk's Legal Department relating to estates and housing, 1889-1965, including papers relating to acquisition and tenancies, including plans, deeds and correspondence; papers relating to leases and sales, including maintenance, tenancies and restriction of ribbon development; papers relating to the conversion of land for the production of food during the Second World War; index cards to properties owned by the MCC; register of applications for contributions towards the acquisition of open spaces; register of applications for acquisition of lands, and correspondence and reports relating to Northwick Park, Wembley.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

MCC/CL/L/EH/01: Acquisitions; MCC/CL/L/EH/02: Leases and sales; MCC/CL/L/EH/03: Miscellaneous; MCC/CL/L/EH/05-06: Index cards to MCC property.

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:

See also MCC/CL/EH (Clerk's Department Estates and Housing).

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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