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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/2558/LC
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1881-1984
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 24.22 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Lee Conservancy Catchment Board


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Lee Conservancy Catchment Board was formed in 1930 under the provisions of the Land Drainage Act. It replaced the Commissioners of Sewers within its area and was responsible for drainage into the River Lee [or Lea]. The Board had members from the Essex, Middlesex and London County Councils as well as members of the Lee Conservancy Board, an authority responsible for regulation of the river. From 1947 the Lee Conservancy Catchment Board took over the functions of the Lee Conservancy Board, including responsibility for water supply, fisheries, pollution and land drainage.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Lee Conservancy Catchment Board, including minutes of Board meetings; papers relating to staff including wages and superannuation; papers regarding the Sadler's Mill stream diversion; papers regarding flood relief and defences; correspondence and papers of the Association of River Authorities; papers relating to clearing the river; petitions; rainfall statistics; fishing rights; papers regarding members of the Board; drainage schemes; public relations files; papers regarding the Water Resources Act 1973; reports; papers regarding the acquisition of properties; and agreements for works, clearing, drainage, diversions, improvements, flood prevention, land sales and so on.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Within each company the records are divided as follows:
A (1) Corporate Records - including board minutes, parliamentary and legal papers.
B (2) Accounting Records - these are usually very extensive but do not include stocks and shares records which appear in section A.
C (3) Staff Records.
D (4) Water Supply and Distribution Records - including engineering and technical files.
E (5) Purchase Records - including stock books.
F (6) Property Records - many property matters are however dealt with in the legal papers in section A.
G (7) Miscellaneous Records.

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 in 1988, as part of a larger accession of records from Thames Water.

Allied Materials

Related material:

See also material held at Essex Record Office.

Publication note:

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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