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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/2558/TW/S
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): [1888-1986?]
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 1.67 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Thames Water Authority


Administrative/Biographical history:

In 1974 the Thames Water Authority was given full control of the river's waters, with authority over three other bodies: the Metropolitan Water Board, the Thames Conservancy and the Port of London Authority. Responsiblities included land drainage, flood defence, regulation of water resources, care for river and groundwater quality, supervision of fisheries, navigation, conservation and recreation.

The London County Council (1888-1965) appointed a Chief Engineer and County Surveyor who was responsible for overseeing construction and maintenance of LCC buildings, bridges, roads and tunnels. He was also responsible for flood prevention measures, drainage and sewerage and other matters of public health.

The Greater London Council (1965-1986) had overall responsibility at a strategic level for local government in the Greater London area. The Council was responsible for a number of services which were considered best dealt with on a London-wide basis, rather than managed individually by each borough. These included refuse disposal, Thames flood prevention, land drainage, the fire service, supply service for local authorities, and research, intelligence and scientific services.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Thames Water Authority comprising files relating to sewerage from the Greater London Council and London County Council.

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:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

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:

For the records of the Greater London Council see reference GLC.

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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