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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/1297/LGOC
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1855-1933
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 4.73 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Compagnie General des Omnibus de Londres | bus service operator
London General Omnibus Company Ltd | bus service operator


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Compagnie General des Omnibus de Londres was an Anglo-French company founded in 1855 to operate horse drawn bus services in London. In 1859 the company changed its name to the London General Omnibus Company (LGOC), using the fleet name 'General'. Before the LGOC bus services in London consisted of hundreds of independently owned buses; which the company proceeded to buy out. By the end of their first year of operations the LGOC owned 600 of 810 buses operating in London.

Between 1902 and 1905 the company began to use motorized vehicles. Horse drawn bus services ended in 1911. In 1912 the Company was bought by the London Underground group, and with them became part of the London Passenger Transport Board in 1933.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the London General Omnibus Company, including minutes of Managers Committee meetings, General Board meetings, and the Conseil de Surveillance; reports to Shareholders; Guard Books containing newspaper cuttings relating to early omnibus services and particularly to the last horsedrawn service, photographs, Omnibus and Tramway Guides from 1878, lists of company's stables and premises, time-keepers' books, rules and regulations of the LGOC, checkers' rules prior to 1891, sample tickets and so on; press cuttings; London General Omnibus Company rules and regulations; photographs; list of premises; timekeepers' books; volume containing manuscript copies in French and English of the Deed of Constitution, Statutes and so on of the company, together with prospectus of the Compagnie Generale des Omnibus de Londres; monthly reports relating to Coach Factories and Traffic; Traffic Circulars and financial records including ledgers, journals, and cash books.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
French and English.

System of arrangement:

ACC/1297/LGOC/01: Minutes; ACC/1297/LGOC/04: Miscellaneous Files; ACC/1297/LGOC/23: Accounts.

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:

Received in 1975 as part of an accession of records from London Transport.

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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