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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/2558/SR/A
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1889-1904
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.8 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Staines Reservoir Joint Committee


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Staines Reservoir Bill of 1896 was promoted by the New River Company, the Grand Junction Water Company and the West Middlesex Water Company. The main object of the Bill was to construct large storage reservoirs at Staines with aqueducts to connect the reservoirs to the pipes of the companies. The water was to be drawn from the Thames. The Bill met considerable opposition, mostly from the London County Council, Middlesex County Council and local landowners; but was passed with amendments and construction began. The two reservoirs were completed in 1902, with a capacity of 3,338,000,000 gallons.

By the 1930s the Metropolitan Water Board (now the owner of the reservoirs) was concerned that improvements in the standard of housing and the further expansion of London would lead to water shortages. A third reservoir was begun in 1937 to the west of the original reservoirs. It was completed in 1947, with a capacity of 4,466,000,000 gallons. The reservoirs were used for equipment testing during the Second World War and are now important bird sanctuaries.


Scope and content/abstract:

Corporate records of the Staines Reservoir Joint Committee, including Committee meeting attendance books, proceedings books and minutes; legal papers relating to property, rating, water supply, stocks and shares, Parliamentary issues and contracts; correspondence and debenture stock volumes.

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:

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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:

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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