Fonds COM - York City (Improvement) Commissioners

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York City (Improvement) Commissioners


  • 1825-1850 (Creation)

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The City Commissioners had overlapping jurisdictions with the Corporation and disputes were common. Responsibilities included paving, lighting and policing, but the corporation already ran a police force, and the parish constables were still appointed by magistrates. The Commissioners had the power to levy rates to fund their improvements although there was a limit to the amount they could impose. The commissioners were also responsible for instituting the first nightwatch in York.
Improvement and public health functions transferred to Board of Health in 1850.

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Papers of the York City (Improvement) Commissioners. Includes minutes; general correspondence; election papers; financial papers; records relating to the administration of the general rate; correspondence relating to streets, drainage and lighting; policing papers and legal papers.


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Material is available subject to the usual terms and conditions of access to Archives and Local History collections.

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Images are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.

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  • English

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