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Tibbet's Corner Improvement Scheme Photographs

Date range1964-1968
LocationLondon Metropolitan Archives (see all files stored here)
CatalogueSee entry
File baseFond GLC, subfond TD/C

Thumbs up.png This file is truly delightful.
It is likely to bring a smile to your face, probably because it contains the sort of thing that makes trawling through dusty archive documents worthwhile. The thing in this file that makes your day might actually have nothing to do with its subject matter.


The LMA Catalogue only lists this item, GLC/TD/C/21, under the title above, but this is actually a file series. Within it are three items which must be ordered separately:

  • GLC/TD/C/21/001, containing photographs from 1964-67
  • GLC/TD/C/21/002, containing photographs from 1967-68
  • GLC/TD/C/21/003, containing photographs from 1968

There are 120-180 monochrome photographs in each box, with a typed index at the start. Each picture is then pasted on to a sheet of foolscap paper, with its serial number and a typed description next to it. Where photographs are taken from the same location on multiple occasions, the description refers to the numbers of the previous photos for easy reference.

The pictures themselves are brilliant - an exhaustive survey of all the work that took place on the Tibbet's Corner scheme, which most notably involved the construction of the roundabout and underpass at the junction of the same name, but also included dualling of a length of the A3 and the scrubbing up of several other roads across the Common as recompense for the expanded road. There are some good shots here of the then-brand-new signalised junction with the A308 Roehampton Lane just to the west.

People with camera copies

Chris Marshall has a partial copy.