HLG 46/74

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Sectional Conference on Arterial Roads - Town Planning

Date range1913-1916
LocationNational Archives (see all files stored here)
CatalogueSee entry
File baseSeries HLG, subseries HLG 46

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.


In the early 20th century, London experienced a roadbuilding boom of a kind it has never seen since, with the creation of tens of miles of new Arterial Roads in all directions. The genesis for these schemes were plans made in 1910 by the Board of Trade, which were then discussed and expanded upon by local authorities from across London meeting at what were known as the Arterial Road Conferences.

This file contains the details of those meetings, and much of the aftermath. It is fantastically useful.

Contents of note

  • The full report of the 1914 central conference and the six sectional conferences that followed it, with transcripts of the speeches that were made and minutes of the meetings and what was decided in them.
  • Typed draft versions of everything that appears in the above.
  • Full minutes of the meeting that a deputation of town planners, architects, engineers and local government representatives held with Prime Minister HH Asquith that started the whole conference process.

People with camera copies

None known.