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TitleRecords of the Brigg Court of the Lincolnshire Commissioners of Sewers, 1725-1940
Extent19 boxes and 34 volumes
AbstractPrincipal document types present include: accounts, minutes, correspondence, maps, plans
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers.
Admin HistoryThe 'Commissioners of Sewers for the Limits of the Levels in the County of Lincoln, City of Lincoln and County of the said City and part of the County of Nottingham' had a jurisdiction over drainage in parts of the Wapentakes of Manley, Corringham and Aslacoe in north Lincolnshire. In 1875 they were responsible for the east bank of the River Trent from Gainsborough to the Humber, low-lying areas along the River Eau and the Bottesford Beck, and the south bank of the Humber from Trent Falls to the River Ancholme.

Commissioners of Sewers were empowered to hold courts which had oversight of maintenance of waterworks, drainage schemes, banks etc. in their area. Local people were obliged to pay taxes or assessments to pay for such schemes. The earliest minute book in the collection dates back to 1725. This recorded Courts of Sewers held for the Wapentakes of Manley, Corringham and Aslacoe, plus the Wapentakes of Walshcroft, Bradley Haverstow and Yarborough. Courts for the first three Wapentakes only appear to have begun sitting in 1741. The court for Manley, Corringham and Aslacoe Wapentakes was normally held in Scotter until the 1830s, at the George Inn in Kirton in Lindsey from 1834 to 1859, and in Brigg (also known as Glamford Brigg) from the 1850s onwards. The Clerk to the Commissioners had been based at Brigg since at least 1802.

In April 1940 the powers of the Court of Sewers were transferred to the River Trent Catchment Board. This was succeeded in 1951 by the Trent River Board, and in 1965 by the Trent River Authority.
Custodial HistoryThe records came to the University Library as two separate accessions. The first from the Trent River Board in 1961, and the second from the Severn Trent Water Authority in 1975.
DescriptionThe bulk of the records date from the mid-nineteenth century up to the transfer of the Court's powers in 1940. They include original commissions of sewers, bearing the sovereign's signature (1860-1904), minute books (1725-1940) and accounts (1855-1940). There are maps and plans (1846-1940) detailing proposals for drains and water supply. Correspondence and miscellaneous papers (1762-1940) cover a wide variety of subjects related to the work of the Court, including complaints, appointments and financial matters.
MgtGroupRivers, drainage and water records
ArrangementMaterial is arranged chronologically within series subdivided by form (e.g. correspondence, accounts).
TermLocal government - England - Lincolnshire
Drainage - England - Lincolnshire - History
FindingAidsCopyright in all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham. In the Reading Room, King's Meadow Campus: 2 Typescript Catalogues; 13 pp and 7 pp At the National Register of Archives, The National Archives, Kew: 2 Typescript Catalogues; 13 pp and 7 pp Online: Available on the Manuscripts Online Catalogue, accessible from the website of Manuscripts and Special Collections. A set of 'Water Resources' web pages created by Manuscripts and Special Collections staff puts this collection into context with our other collections from the variety of local companies and organisations responsible for supplying drinking water and sewerage facilities, flood prevention, pollution control and protection of fish stocks before the 1970s. Copy and paste the TinyURL link to visit 'Water Resources':
ReprodnNotePhotocopies and photographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.
Related MaterialLincolnshire Archives hold some 17th- to 19th-century Commission records, including items relating to drainage at Ancholme, Lincolnshire.
Manuscripts and Special Collections also holds the records of the Trent River Board/Authority (Clerk's Department Ref: RC, Engineer's Department Ref: RE, Governance records Ref: RG, Hydrology Department Ref: RH, Treasurer's Department Ref: RT); also the Authority's other predecessors (Trent Navigation Company Ref: RtN, Court of Sewers for the Level of Hatfield Chase/Hatfield Chase Corporation Ref: HCC, Trent Fishery Board Ref: RTF); the Authorities successors (Severn Trent Water Authority Ref: RWA, Severn Trent Water Ref. RST, National Rivers Authority Ref: RRA, Environment Agency Ref: REA); also records relating to sewerage and water supply (City of Nottingham Water Department Ref: R/HR, Derwent Valley Water Board Ref: DVW, Stoke Bardolph and Bulcote Model Farms Ref: RSB, Papplewick Pumping Station Ref: PPS, Nottingham New Waterworks/Northern Waterworks Company Ref: MS 880); also an employee of the Trent River Authority (H.R. Potter Ref: HRP).
Related RecordHCC

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA126Sewers Commission of the County of Lincoln, City of Lincoln and County of the said City and part of the County of Nottingham acting for the wapentakes of Manley, Corringham and Aslacoe
NA127Brigg Court of the Lincolnshire Commissioners of Sewers
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