London County Council

Scope and Content

The papers related to London County Council consist of:  

  • committee reports and agenda, (1949-1959 )
  • public relations, (1950-1968 )
  • Royal Commission on Local Government in Greater London, (1937-1960 )
  • Architect's Department, (1940s-1964 )
  • Comprehensive Development Areas, (1944-c1960 )
  • miscellaneous Development Areas, (1950s-1964 )
  • photographs, (1940s-1950s )

Administrative / Biographical History

London County Council was the principal local government body for Greater London, an elected assembly with responsibility for the 28 metropolitan boroughs from  1887-1965 . Borough services included street cleaning, lighting, libraries and rates collection, while the County was responsible for education, ambulances, fire brigades and sewage. Both County and Boroughs were responsible for public housing. The Boroughs could not grant planning consent and although the City of London had its own Corporation, London County Council was the relevant planning authority from  1947 .


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Former reference numbers: Crate 213, Crate 214, Crate 215, Crate 216, Crate 217, Crate 218, Crate 219, Crate 220, Crate 221, FR14, FR49, FR84, SR2, SR8, SR9, SR10, SR12, SR13, SR14, SR21, SR23, SR43, SRB19/20S


Related Material

A further 4 institutions which hold archive material relating to London County Council are noted in the National Register of Archives (NRA), updated by the Historical Manuscripts Commission, and these can be consulted via their website:


Johnson-Marshall, Percy, Rebuilding Cities, (Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press , 1966 )