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Repository Cheshire Record Office
Level Collection (Fonds)
Reference ZD
Title Chester City Council Departments
Description Records of the following departments of Chester City Council: Baths, Culture and Community, Cemeteries, Development, Health, Libraries, Education and Schools, Electricity, Fire Service, Economic and Tourism Development, Housing, Motor Taxation, Museum, Parks, Police, Publicity, Surveyor, Engineering, City Secretary, Town Clerk, Gateway Theatre, Treasury, Weights and Measures and Welfare
Location Please note that parts of this collection are held offsite. Please contact Cheshire Archives and Local Studies in advance of your visit if you wish to view these records.
Access Conditions Partly held offsite -consult staff
Administrative History Following the Municipal Corporations Act, 1835, the powers and functions of Chester Corporation expanded, especially as parliament passed various legislation and departments were established to carry out the responsibilities placed upon the Council. Often the development of a department was preceded by the appointment of a related Council committee, which recommended the employment of officers to carry out necessary duties. An example of this is the establishment of the Electricity Department. The work of other officers, notably the town clerk and the treasurers, was well established before 1835, but their departments developed in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as their work increased. In 1974, following the Local Government Act, 1972, some of the functions of Chester Corporation were transferred to Cheshire County Council. This resulted in a reorganisation of departments to carry out the work of the new authority.
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