London Metropolitan Archives - Item Details


Date of Creation:

1889 - 1987

Reference Code:


Scope and Content:
  • Records of the Machinery Users' Association comprising: minutes, 1893-1975; annual reports, 1934-6; presidential address to the annual general meeting, 1934; register of rating assessments, 1964-76; press-cuttings, 1922-3; scrapbooks of miscellaneous documents, 1889-1913; and centenary booklet, 1987.
Extent: 19 production units.
Classification: BUSINESSES
Former Reference: MS 23791- 23796, 35857- 9
Site Location: London Metropolitan Archives
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Administrative History:
  • The National Society for the Exemption of Plant and Machinery from Rating was formed in 1887. It was succeeded in 1893 by the Machinery Users' Association which was incorporated in 1905. It was established to achieve reform in the system of rating of plant and machinery. With the Rating and Valuation Act of 1925 it achieved its main objective.

    In 1905 the Association had widened its objectives to include all matters of interest to the owners and users of machinery, assisting its members in appeals against rating assessments. This led, in 1913, to the establishment of a surveying and rating department within the Association, whose services included revaluations and monitoring prospective legislation.

    In 1981 MUA Property Services was established, offering advice to industry and commerce on property sales, rent reviews, valuations of land and buildings etc.

    The Association had offices at Lawrence Pountney Hill (1887-94), Lawrence Pountney Lane (1895-1913), Lawrence Pountney Hill (1913-84), Chancery Lane (1985-9) and Saville House, Lindsey Street (1989-).
Creator: Machinery Users' Association
National Society for the Exemption of Plant and Machinery from Rating
Copyright: Depositor
Source of Acquisition:
  • The archives were deposited in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library in 1989, with additions from Lancashire County Council in 2003. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.
  • 1989/022
Access Restrictions: These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 2018
Arrangement: Records arranged by MS number, assigned during cataloguing at the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section.