General Rate and Water Charges

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Previous references were TFR/57-166

The records described here originated from the finance department of the Hull Corporation.

Prior to 1974 the Corporation had been responsible for the supply of water to the townsmen since it acquired the Derringham Springs under the charter of 1447.

The Municipal Reform Act of 1835 gave the Corporation a stronger financial position by granting them wider powers to levy rates but these powers were little used. Although a Water Committee was appointed by the newly reformed corporation in order to consider improving the water supply in Hull following the Cholera epidemic of 1832, rates for the corporation and the board of health were generally still levied by the parishes until 1929 when the rating function was formally transferred by the Local Government Act (19 & 20 Geo. V chapter 17).

The 20th century saw the Water Department extending its area of supply beyond the city boundary so that by the 1930's the area of supply was 308 square miles for a population of 375,000 and the average daily consumption in a typical year during the 1930's was 13,400,000 gallons.

Charges were based on a sliding scale and there were both domestic and trade rates.

The Water Act of 1973 eventually made provision for a national policy for water, including sewerage and sewage disposal, fisheries and land drainage as well as the discharge of these functions. Accordingly, on the 1st April 1974, The Kingston upon Hull Corporation Water Undertaking was transferred to the Yorkshire Water Authority.

These rate books form a crucial resource from the early part of the Second World War when many records such as electoral registers and trade directories ceased to be produced due to national security and paper shortages.

They cover Hull and its outlying villages, including Hessle and Anlaby. Most of the entries, but not all, give details of the rate-payer, and/or the name of the owner of the property. The catalogue highlights properties where details of the rate payer are NOT given.

Most of the rate books are indexed by street at the start of the volume. For those rate books that were not originally indexed, an index with page references has been created and can be found within the description field of this catalogue. Please quote page references on your request slip.

Information regarding the exact location for terraces and small streets has been ascertained by using relevant trade directories.

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