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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CCT/AK/50
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1820-1961
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.13 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Southwark County Court


Administrative/Biographical history:

The County Courts as they now exist have their origins in the County Courts Act 1846 with modifications etc under the County Courts Acts of 1888 and 1934. The area of jurisdiction of each court is set from time to time by the Lord Chancellor.

The original jurisdiction of the courts included claims of debt or for damages (except for libel, slander, seduction and breach of promise) not exceeding 400; claims for recovery of land (less than 100 rateable value); claims for the administration of estates, execution of trusts, foreclosure, redemption of mortgages; matters regarding the maintenance of infants, dissolution of partnerships, relief against fraud or mistake where the value of the estates or property etc was not more than 500; contentious business in probate and administration matters where the estate was less than 1000.

The courts have had varied and extensive jurisdictions under numerous Acts including questions between husband and wife under the Married Women's Property Act 1882 and compensation for injured workmen by employers under the Workmen's Compensation Acts 1897 and 1925.

More recent decisions and judgements of County Courts can be found at the Registrar for County Court Judgements, Cleveland Street, London W1.

Address of Southwark County Court: Swan Street, Trinity Street, Borough, SE1.

District of Court: Southwark, parts of Lambeth, New Cross and Deptford. Please see Post Office Directories (available in the LMA History Library) for lists of County Courts existing at any one time together with an account of the area covered by each court.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Southwark County Court, 1820-1961, comprising attorneys roll book, 1820-1933 and legal case files for the following cases:

Parfett v C. Coules and son and another, 1900
Edwards v Measures Bros Ltd, 1907
Medcalf v Surrey Commercial Dock Co, 1908
Finnis v Owners of S.S. 'Grive', 1909
Martin v Morris, 1909
Roberts v E Wells and Sons Ltd, 1911
Maisey v London Brighton and South Coast Railway Co, 1912
Fenton v F and H F Higgs, 1912
Sketton v Owners of the ship 'South Point', 1913
Hood v Bellamys Wharf Ltd, 1913
Doolan v Port of London Authority, 1914
Eyles v Lipton Ltd, 1915
Dinnes v Holland Hannen and Cubitts Ltd, 1916
Davis v Samuel Barrow and Brother Ltd, 1916
Baldock v E Lazenby and Son Ltd, 1917
Runnalls v London General Omnibus Co Ltd, 1917
Seabrook v E Lazenby and Son Ltd, 1919
Armstrong v H J Enthoven & Sons Ltd, 1919
Allan v Andrews, 1920
McCoy v Peek Frean and Co Ltd, 1920
Spencer v W T and E Yates, 1923
Finn v Southern Railway Company, 1924
Harrigan v Canadian Pacific Steamships Ltd, 1926
Friend v Pimm and Burrows Ltd, 1926
Walker v Southern Railway Company, 1927
Knight v Barclay Perkins and Co Ltd, 1927
Colbert v Gatesby Ltd, 1932
Bowie v Wakeley Brothers and Company Ltd, 1932
Vaughan v F W Barnard Ltd, 1933
Callan v J T Healey & Co Ltd, 1933
Rainsbury v G Bernardes and Son, 1933
Dillon v Bermondsey Borough Council, 1934
Jeal v Butler's Wharf Ltd, 1934
Dawes v E Ashby and Co, 1935
Kitsell v Maybury, 1935
Sivyer v W S Shuttleworth and Co Ltd, 1935
Bull v W J Hall Ltd, 1935
Ward v Waldron, 1935
Curtis v Hares, 1936
Marchant v Butler's Wharf Ltd, 1937
Bertie v Grey and Marten, 1937
Saunders v J Bowbrick and Sons, 1937
Rodgers v A Cohen and Company Ltd, 1938
Leahy v Bermondsey Borough Council, 1938
Whiffin v Eldorado Ice Cream Co Ltd, 1938
S eet v Beck and Pollitzer Ltd, 1946
Quigley v Unit Construction Co Ltd, 1947
Henderson v Levy, 1948-1957
Wheatley v T F Maltby Ltd, 1949
Hubble v Lawrence Bros, 1949
Laker v Boots Pure Drug Co Ltd 1950
Felton v T Wallis Ltd, 1951
Murphy v London County Council, 1952
Buckle v London County Council, 1953
Goldsmith v Rosser and Russell Ltd, 1954
Purdy v Port of London Authority, 1961.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Records in chronological order.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 1998.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited by the Court.

Allied Materials

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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:
November 2009 to February 2010

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