Wandsworth District (Metropolis)

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Wandsworth
Wandsworth District within the Metropolis
District from 1855 to 1888 before Battersea was removed
History
 - Created 1855
 - Abolished 1900
 - Succeeded by Metropolitan Borough of Wandsworth
Status District
Government Wandsworth District Board of Works
 - HQ Battersea (1855–1888)
Wandsworth (1888–1900)

Wandsworth was a local government district within the metropolitan area of London, England from 1855 to 1900. It was formed by the Metropolis Management Act 1855 and was governed by the Wandsworth District Board of Works, which consisted of elected vestrymen.

Until 1889 the district was in the county of Surrey, but included in the area of the Metropolitan Board of Works. In 1889 the area of the MBW was constituted the County of London, and the district board became a local authority under the London County Council.

Since 1965 the former area of the district corresponds to the London Borough of Wandsworth and the Clapham and Streatham areas to the south west of the London Borough of Lambeth.

Area[edit]

The district comprised the following civil parishes:[1]

The district included the exclave of Streatham parish at Knight's Hill, but did not include the exclave of Battersea parish at Penge.

Under the Metropolis Management Act 1855 any parish that exceeded 2,000 ratepayers was to be divided into wards; as such the parish of Clapham within the Wandsworth District Boards of Works was divided into two wards (electing vestrymen): No. 1 or North (21) and No. 2 or South (15).[2]

In 1873 as its population had increased the parish of Battersea was divided into four wards (electing vestrymen): No. 1 (18), No. 2 (21), No. 3 (21) and No. 4 (12).[3][4][5]

In 1883 as its population had increased the parish of Streatham was divided into three wards (electing vestrymen): No. 1 or Balham (21), No. 2 or North Streatham (18) and No. 3 or South Streatham (9).[6][7]

In 1894 as its population had increased the parish of Wandsworth was divided into six wards (electing vestrymen): Southfield (21), Northfield (15), Fairfield (24), Heathfield (15), Earlsfield (15) and Springfield (18).[8][9]

Abolition[edit]

The district was abolished in 1900 and became part of the Metropolitan Borough of Wandsworth, with Clapham and part of Streatham becoming part of the London Borough of Lambeth.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Youngs, Frederic (1979). Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England. I: Southern England. London: Royal Historical Society. ISBN 0-901050-67-9. 
  2. ^ The London Gazette Issue: 21802. 20 October 1855. p. 3904-3905. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  3. ^ The London Gazette Issue: 23952. 25 February 1873. p. 789. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  4. ^ The London Gazette Issue: 23971. 29 April 1873. p. 2131. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "H.M.S.O. Boundary Commission Report 1885 Battersea & Clapham Map". Vision of Britain. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  6. ^ The London Gazette Issue: 25191. 23 January 1883. p. 410. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  7. ^ The London Gazette Issue: 25217. 30 March 1883. p. 1745. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  8. ^ The London Gazette Issue: 26544. 21 August 1894. pp. 4879–4880. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  9. ^ The London Gazette Issue: 26564. 26 October 1894. p. 6006. Retrieved 9 April 2015.