MIDDLESEX DEEDS REGISTRY
Date of Creation:
1709 - 1938
|Scope and Content:|
|Extent:||1022.1 linear metres|
|Other Formats:||Microfilm available|
|Classification:||LOCAL AUTHORITIES: LONDON LOCAL AUTHORITIES|
|Site Location:||London Metropolitan Archives|
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|Creator:||Middlesex Deeds Registry|
|Custodial History:||The Land Registrar had complete control of the records of his office and in 1931 when he wished to make more room for current records he decided to destroy those of the 18th century. The departure of lorries loaded with registers destined for a waste paper depot was witnessed by an officer of the London County Council who had used the records for historical purposes. A letter from the County Council persuaded the Land Registrar to halt the destruction pending further investigation, and the Deputy Keeper of the Public Records subsequently arranged that the rolls of original memorials for the period 1709 to 1837, together with the index books for that period, should be taken over by Middlesex County Council while the Clerk of the London County Council was informed that he could have the register books if he would collect them from the waste paper depot. 837 volumes were accordingly conveyed to County Hall, most had their covers already stripped ready for destruction. The council later paid for them to be rebound. [Extract from Society of Local Archivists Bulletin April 1953 written by Ida Darlington (the officer who had spotted the registers leaving for destruction in 1931)]|
|Copyright:||City of London|
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|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:||MDR: Registers of Memorials; MDR/MB: Memorials; MDR/IR: Indexes to Registers; MDR/IND: Post 1919 Indexes; MDR/TR: Registers of Tracings; MDR/SUP: Supplementary Plans; MDR/TOP/IND: Topographical Indexes.|
|Related Material:||Papers of John Ansell, Chief Clerk of the Middlesex Deeds Registry, 1889-1921, including a report on the operation of the Registry in 1891 (reference F/ANS).|
London Metropolitan Archives Information Leaflet Number 38 discusses the Middlesex Deeds Registry and explains how to search the Registry (available online at www.lma.gov.uk).