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RefNo DU.SSW
Title Sunderland and South Shields Water Co
AdminHistory The South Shields Water Company was formed in 1788, delivering water to industrial users by barrel and to domestic customers through standpipes in the streets.
The Bishopwearmouth Water Company was formed in 1824, but lacked powers to dig up streets or lay pipes.
DR D B Reid's Inquiry into the Health of Sunderland and South Shields led to the establishment in 1846 of the Sunderland Water Company, and within a year thisd company had bought the Bishopwearmouth Water Company. A waterworks was opened at Humbledon Hill.
In 1852 it also took over the South Shields Water Company, which had never delivered satisfactory quality of water.
Date 1788-1954
Description These records are not yet fully catalogued here. In summary they comprise:-
Acc 1129 (list available)
Minute books 1846-1946 (18 vol)
Directors minute book 1846-1847 (2 vol)
Share registers 1846-1894 (8 vol)
Share ledgers 1846-1907 (8 vol)
Balance sheets 1887-1919
Water rent balances 1879-1928
Newspaper cuttings and other papers

Acc 2586 (unlisted)
Minutes, financial, shareholders, engineering and supply records
Includes plans of Dalton Pumping Station
1834-c1960

Acc 3407 (unlisted)
Board Books 1900-1944 (8 volumes)
Works Committee reports, 1906-1918 (4 volumes)
Repairs ledgers (Sunderland), 1953-1958 (4 volumes)
Pipe Laying Ledger, 1959-1962 (1 volume)
Day books, 1956-1962 (5 volumes)
Repairs cash book 14, 1955-1957 (1 volume)
Volume labelled "relics" possibly a pipelaying ledger, 1886-1898 (1 volume)
Wages book, 1911-1914 (1 volume)
Mains book, 1951-1961 (1 volume)
Fittings ledger, 1951-1960 (1 volume)
Printed contracts, specifications, Acts, enquiry proceedings and works committee files.

Acc 4334 (unlisted)
102 Reports & accounts 1919-1948 [seem to follow on from existing holdings acc. 1129]
103-104 Historical notes re families with 4 & 5 generations service
105 Sunderland CBC, Civic Week 1946: programme & brochure, incl. Water Co. stand
106 Civil Defence: survey report c 1963
107 Particulars of pumping plant, 1951
157 letter book (to Messrs Hawksley, mainly re pumping stations) 1897-1900

Acc. 5379 (unlisted)
1. Parliamentary plans 1890, 1904, 1920 (1 roll)
2. Parliamentary plans 1868, 1891 (1 roll)
3. Rough minutes 1861-1871 (1 volume)
4. Reference Committee minutes 1877 (1 volume)
5. relevant Acts of Parliament (local and national), 1845-1887 (1 volume)
6. Annual Reports and Balance Sheets, 1851-1914 (1 volume)
7. Ledger, 1793-1845 (South Shields Waterworks; also includes Tyne District Water Rents summary 1878-1916) (1 volume)
8. Register of Share Transfers 1892-1916 (1 volume)
9. Deed of Amendment to Trust Deed, 1971 (1 file, paper)
10. Opening of Tyne Tunnel: programme and commemorative brochure, 1967 (2 booklets)

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