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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): MCC/CL/L/LR
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1884-1921
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 19.51 linear metres
Name of creator(s): MCC | Middlesex County Council x Middlesex County Council


Administrative/Biographical history:

In 1896 the Council was empowered to apply to the Railway Commissioners for an Order authorizing the construction of a light railway. For practical purposes there was no distinction between a light railway and a tramway, except that at that time tramways were horse-drawn. With the introduction of electric traction that distinction very soon disappeared. The MCC obtained a number of Light Railway Orders after the passing of the Act, but it did not work the railways, leasing them to the Metropolitan Electric Tramways.

With the establishment of the London Passenger Transport Board in 1930, all the Council's light railways and tramways were transferred to the Board. They were replaced with trolley buses and buses operated by the London Transport Executive.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Middlesex County Council Clerk's Legal Department relating to light railways and tramways, 1884-1921, including deeds; copies of relevant Parliamentary Bills; papers relating to litigation against Middlesex County Council; papers relating to conveyancing, including property register, purchase of properties, compensation payments and general property matters; maps and plans; photographs of the first cars at Edgware, Bounds Green Road and Enfield.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

MCC/CL/L/LR/01: Deeds; MCC/CL/L/LR/02: Bills; MCC/CL/L/LR/03:Litigation; MCC/CL/L/LR/04: Conveyancing; MCC/CL/L/LR/05-06: Maps and plans; MCC/CL/L/LR/07: First cars.

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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