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LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN OLD PLYMOUTH

IN PREPARATION

THIS IS A TEMPORARY HOLDING WEBPAGE

Until the passing of the Municipal Corporations Act in 1835 there was no single entity that could be termed as ‘Local Government’ and, indeed, it was not until 1888 that the term was used in the title of an Act of Parliament.

The origins of our modern local government are said to date from the dissolution of the monasteries in 1536, one of the consequences of which was that there was suddenly no organisation for feeding and housing the poor people of England.  The monasteries had been rich and the financial support they received from the wealthy they were able to redistribute to those in need.

However, a very basic form of government had been established by the Saxons when they settled in Devon.  In 705AD a new diocese of Sherborne was set up to govern the South West.  In that year King Geraint, of Cornwall, gave the new Bishop of Sherborne five hides of land at Maker, probably as a peace offering.

As the Saxons created their farmsteads the land they cleared and cultivated or grazed became a Manor.  Often the Lord of the Manor would rent out part of his land to tenants, retaining a small portion, called the demense, for himself.  As the number of households grew so some form of control became necessary and ten households were grouped in a Tithing.  Around the tenth century these were further grouped into Hundreds, although there is some confusion over whether this referred to one hundred families or one hundred taxable hides of land.

With the coming of the Normans in 1066, the Shire of Devon, with the Shire Reeve (corrupted to Sheriff) at its head, became the County of Devon.  It was divided in to thirty-two Hundreds, each comprising several Tythings and each further divided into Petty Sessional Divisions.  The land now covered by modern Plymouth was all in the Hundred of Walkhampton (or Wachetona as it was then spelt), an area which guarded not only the rivers Tamar, Tavy and Plym, but also the border with the remaining indigenous population, the Celts, in Cornwall.  Sometime later the Hundred Court was moved to Roborough and the name of the Hundred was changed accordingly.  The Court was presided over by the Reeve, who was the King's representative, and it considered all criminal offences, ecclesiastical matters of a minor nature, private pleas and the imposition of the King's taxes.  It was also concerned with the  maintenance of highways and ditches.  Every male over the age of 12 years was expected to belong to a tithing and was obliged to attend at the Court, which met, usually, twice a year.

During the nineteenth century Plymouth Corporation obtained several Local Acts of Parliament to enable them to make improvements to the Town, especially in relieving traffic congestion by widening roads and streets.  The earliest was in 1744 and entitled "An Act for paving, lighting and watching the Town and for regulating the carmen and porters within the said Town".  This was followed by Plymouth Improvement Acts in 1770 and 1772 and the Plymouth Streets Act 1774 for the same purposes.  Roads and bridges were a particular problem and six Acts were passed in quick succession: the Brent Bridge and Plymouth Road Act 1800, the Lairy Embankment (Plymouth) Act 1802, the Efford Quay and Plymouth Road act 1803, the Roads from Modbury through Plymouth Act 1803, the Roads from Tavistock to Plymouth and from Manadon Gate Act 1804 and the Plymouth and Stonehouse Bridge Roads Act 1805. 

 

 

Plymouth City Council has and has had several Committees comprising Aldermen and Councillors:

  • Audit and Governance Committee;

  • Education and Children's Social Care Overview and Scrutiney Committee;

  • Finance Committee

  • Health and Adult Social Care Overview and Scrutiney Committee;

  • Licensing Committee;

  • Mount Edgcumbe Joint Committee;

  • Planning Committee;

  • Reconstruction Committee [after the Second Worldm War and long disbanded]

  • Special Purposes Committee [disbanded];

  • Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry Joint Committee;

  • Taxi Licensing Committee;

  • Tramways and Transport Committee [disbanded];

  • Watch Committee [disbanded].

 

Some of the local Acts of Parliament that affected local government in Plymouth were:

Discharge of payment by Plymouth to Plympton monastery Act 1533 (25 Hen. 8 Ch. 23)

Stonehouse Water Supply Act 1592 (Private Act 35 Eliz 1 Ch. 10)
An Act for the bringing of fresshe water to the towne of Stonehouse in the County of Devon ....

Stonehouse Water Supply Act 1592 (Private Act 35 Eliz 1 Ch. 12)
An Act for the bringing of fresshe water to the towne of Stonehouse in the County of Devon ....
[NB - This entry may be incorrect as the Chapter 10 one above is known to have existed.]

Plymouth Workhouse Act 1707 (6 Ann. Ch 46)
An Act for erecting a Workhouse in the Town and Borough of Plymouth, in the County of Devon, and for setting the Poor on Work, and maintaining them there.

Catwater Harbour and Sutton Pool, Plymouth, Act 1709 (8 Ann. Ch. 4)
An Act for Clearing, Preserving, and Maintaining the Harbour of Cat-water, lying near Plymouth, in the County of Devon; and for Cleaning and Keeping Clean the Pool, commonly called Sutton-Pool, lying in Plymouth aforesaid.  [AC]

Plymouth Poor Relief Act 1758 (32 Geo. 2 Ch. 59)
An Act to explain, amend, and render more effectual, an Act passed in the Sixth Year of the Reign of Her late Majesty Queen Anne, intitled An Act for erecting a Workhouse in the Town and Borough of Plymouth, in the County of Devon, and for setting the Poor on Work, and maintaining them there; and for obliging the Mayor and Commonalty of Plymouth to contribute towards the County Rates of Devon; and for applying for the relief of the poor in the said workhouse, certain Surplus Monies which have formerly arisen by the Assessments for raising the Land Tax in the said Town. 

Plymouth Dock Act 1766 (6 Geo. 3 Ch. 102)

Stonehouse Bridge Act 1767 (7 Geo. 3 Ch. 73)
An Act for building a bridge across Stonehouse Creek, from Stonehouse to Plymouth Dock, Devon.

Stoke Damerell Church, Devon, Act 1769 (9 Geo. 3 Ch. 85)

An Act to repeal an Act, passed in the Ninth Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, intitled An Act for the more effectual Relief of the Poor in the County of Devon; and for other Purposes therein mentioned.  (Geo III Ch. XVII (1773))

 

An Act for the better maintaining and regulating of the Poor within the Town of Plymouth Dock, and the Parish of Stoke Damarell, in the County of Devon; and for paving, cleansing, and watching the Streets, Lanes, and Passages, and removing and preventing Encroachments, Nuisances, and Annoyances, and regulating the Drivers of Coaches, Chaises, and Carts, and also Chairmen, and Porters, within the said Town.  1781.

Plymouth: Poor Relief Act 1786 (26 Geo. 3 Ch. 19)
An Act to amend and render more effectual two Acts, made in the Sixth year of the Reign of Queen Anne and the Thirty-Second year of the Reign of King George II, for erecting a workhouse in the town and borough of Plymouth ... and for setting the poor on work and maintaining them there ... and for granting further power to the Guardians of the Poor of ..... Plymouth.

An Act for supplying the towns of Plymouth Dock, Stoke Damerel, Stonehouse and other parts adjacent in the County of Devon with water, 1793 (Public Act 33 Geo. 3 Ch. 85)

 

Female Orphan Asylum Act 1800 (39 & 40 Geo. 3 Ch. lx)

A Bill To enable His Majesty to establish a Police at Plymouth Dock, in the County of Devon 1808
This Bill was never enacted.

Town of Plymouth Improvement Act 1811 (51 Geo. 3 Ch. cii)

Sutton Pool Harbour (Plymouth) Act 1811 (51 Geo. 3 Ch. cxcvi)
(This Act authorised the formation of the Sutton Pool Company, which for £6,000 acquired a 99-year lease on Sutton Pool.)  Royal Assent 26 June 1811.

Cattewater Harbour Act 1812 (52 Geo. 3 Ch. l)
An Act for the improvement of certain parts of the harbour of Catwater within the Manor of Plympton in the County of Devon; and for more effectually providing for the security of the communication from Pomphlet Point across the contiguous water of Lary within the said Manor.

Roads from Tavistock to Plymouth and from Manadon Gate Act 1813 (53 Geo. 3 Ch. xxvi)
An Act for altering and enlarging the Term and Powers of an Act, of the Forty-fourth Year of His present Majesty, for repairing the Roads leading from Tavistock to Old Town gate, in the Borough of Plymouth, and from Manadon Gate to the old pound near Plymouth Dock, in the County of Devon.  Royal Assent:  1st April 1813.

Plymouth Workhouse Act 1813 (53 Geo. 3 Ch. lxxiii)

Roads from Brent Bridge to Plymouth Act 1814 (54 Geo. 3 Ch. lii)
An Act for altering and enlarging the Term and Powers of Three Acts, made for repairing the High Road leading from Brent Bridge, in the County of Devon, to Gasking Gate, in or near the Borough of Plymouth, in the said County of Devon.  Royal Assent: 18th May 1814.

Plymouth  and Stoke Damarel Poor Relief and Improvement Act 1814 (54 Geo. 3 Ch. clxxii)
An Act to Repeal an Act, passed in the Twenty-first year of His present Majesty for better maintaining and regulating the Poor within the Town of Plymouth-Dock and Parish of Stoke-Damarel in the County of Devon, and for other purposes; and granting further Powers in lieu thereof; for Lighting, Watching, and otherwise improving the said Town and Parish, and regulating Porters and Watermen therein.  Royal Assent 20th June 1814.

Plymouth and Exeter Road Act 1820 (1 Geo. 4 Ch. xxi)
An Act to improve certain Parts of the Line of Road between the Borough of Plymouth and the City of Exeter, through Ashburton and Chudleigh, in the County of Devon.  Royal Assent:  22nd June 1820.

Plymouth and Stonehouse Bridge Roads Act 1821 (1 & 2Geo. 4 Ch. li)

Plymouth, Stonehouse Bridge and Plymouth Dock Roads Act 1822 (Ch. li)
An Act to alter and enlarge the Term and Powers of an Act of His late Majesty, for the making, repairing, lighting, watching and watering certain roads leading from the Borough of Plymouth to Stonehouse Bridge and Plymouth Dock in the County of Devon; and for regulating the Stands and Fares of Hackney Coaches and Carts using the same.  Royal Assent 15th May 1822.

Plymouth Gas Act 1823 (4 Geo. 4 Ch. v)
An Act for lighting with gas the town and borough of Plymouth and places adjacent, in the county of Devon.  Royal Assent 24th March 1823.

Saltash Roads Act 1823 (4 Geo. 4 Ch. vi)
An Act for more effectually amending, improving, and keeping in repair, several Roads in the Counties of Cornwall and Devon, leading to the Borough of Saltash in the County of Cornwall.  Royal Assent:  24th March 1823.

Lary [or Lairy] Bridge, Devon Act 1823 (4 Geo. 4 Ch. x)

Roads from Modbury through Plymouth Act 1823 (4 Geo. 4 Ch. cix)
An Act for more effectually making and maintaining the Road from Modbury, through the Town of Plympton, to the North End of Lincotta Lane, and from Modbury to within Four hundred Yards of the Bridge over the Lary and also a Road from Addistone Hill, in the Parish of Holbeton, to the Totnes Road at Lady Down, in the Parish of Ugborough in the County of Devon.  Royal Assent:  17th June 1823.

Plymouth Improvement Act 1824 (5 Geo. 4 Ch. xxii)
An Act for better paving, lighting, cleansing, watching, and improving the town and borough of Plymouth, in the county of Devon, and for regulating the police thereof, and for removing and preventing nuisances and annoyances therein.  Royal Assent 12th April 1824.

Lairy [or Lary] Embankment Act 1824 ( 5 Geo. 4 Ch. xxvi)
An Act for further extending the powers of the Company of Proprietors for embanking part of the Lairy, near Plymouth.  Royal Assent 12th April 1824.

Lary Bridge Act 1824 (5 Geo. 4 Ch. cxiii)
An Act for altering and amending an Act of the last session of Parliament for erecting a bridge over the water of Lary in the County of Devon.

Stonehouse Mill Pool Bridge Act 1830 (11 Geo. 4 & 1 Will. 4 Ch. lxviii)

Saltash Floating Bridge Act 1832 (2 & 3 Will. 4 Ch. vii)

Sutton Pool Harbour Act 1832 (2 & 3 Will. 4 Ch. ix)
An Act to continue the Term and to alter and amend the Powers of an Act passed in the Fifty-first Year of the Reign of His Majesty King George the Third, for the Improvement of the Harbour of Sutton Pool in the Port of Plymouth in the County of Devon.   Royal Assent 24th March 1832. [AC]

Saltash Roads Act 1833 (3 & 4 Will. 4 Ch. v)
An Act for more effectually repairing and improving several Roads in the Counties of Cornwall and Devon, leading to the Borough of Saltash in the County of Cornwall, and for making a new Branch and Deviations of Roads to communicate therewith.  Royal Assent:  29th March 1833.

Devonport Market Act 1835 (5 & 6 Will. 4 Ch. xv)
An Act to enlarge & regulate the Market now held in the Town of Devonport in the County of Devon, and to establish a Market within the said Town for Corn, Grain and other Articles, and to regulate the Amount of Tolls to be paid within the said Markets.  Royal Assent 12th June 1835.

Marriages Act 1836 (6 & 7 Will 4 Ch. 85)
Legalized from January 1st 1837 civil marriages in places licensed for the purpose.  Royal Assent August 17th 1836.

Plymouth and Devonport Court of Requests Act 1837 (7 Will. 4 & 1 Vict. Ch lxii)

Plymouth and Exeter Road Act 1841 (4 & 5 Vict. Ch. xxxi)

Brent Bridge and Plymouth (Gasking Street) Road Act 1841 (4 & 5 Vict. Ch. xxxii)

Plymouth and Stonehouse [Bridge] Roads and Transport Act 1843 (6 & 7 Vict. Ch. lxi)
An Act for regulating Hackney Coaches and other Carriages, Boats, and Wherries within the several Parishes of Saint Andrew and Charles in the Borough of Plymouth, the Parish of East Stonehouse and the Parish of Stoke Damerel in the Borough of Devonport, and for amending Two several Acts for repairing certain Roads leading from the Borough of Plymouth aforesaid to Stonehouse Bridge and Plymouth Dock, all in the County of Devon.  Royal Assent 27th June 1843.  [AC]

Devonport Gas and Coke Company Act 1845 (8 & 9 Vict. Ch. lxiv)

Plymouth and Stonehouse Gas Act 1845 (8 & 9 Vict. Ch. lxv)
An Act for better supplying with Gas the Town and Neighbourhood of Plymouth.   Royal Assent 30th June 1845.  [AC]

Plymouth, Devonport and Stonehouse Cemetery Company Act 1846 (9 & 10 Vict. Ch. xxvii)
An Act for establishing a general cemetery for the interment of the dead in the neighbourhood of the towns of Plymouth, Devonport, and Stonehouse, in the county of Devon.  Royal Assent 18th June 1846.

Plymouth and Tavistock Turnpike [Roads] Act 1847 (10 & 11 Vict. Ch. xlvii)

Sutton Harbour [Plymouth Port] Act 1847
(10 & 11 Vict. Ch. ccxcvii)
An Act for improving and regulating the harbour of Sutton Pool within the Port of Plymouth in the County of Devon.  (This Act set up the Sutton Harbour Improvement Company).

 

 

East Stonehouse Waterworks Act 1851 (14 & 15 Vict. Ch. cxi)
An Act for supplying with water the parish or township of  East Stonehouse, in the County of Devon, and for amendment of Act.  Royal Assent 24th July 1851.

Devonport Gas and Coke Company Act 1853 (16 & 17 Vict. Ch. xii)
An Act for increasing the capital and extending the powers of the Devonport Gas and Coke Company, and for other purposes.

Public Health Supplemental Act 1854 (17 & 18 Vict. Ch. 53)>Plymouth Order
An Act to confirm Provisional Orders of the General Board of Health for the Districts of Plymouth, Haworth, Aberdare, Bishop Auckland, Willenhall, and Over Darwen.   Royal Assent 31st July 1854.

"Whereas it having been ascertained from the last Return, for the time being, made up by the Registrar-General of Births, Deaths, and Marriages, that the annual number of deaths in the Municipal Borough of Plymouth, in the County of Devon, has on an average of seven years exceeded during that period the proportion of twenty-three to a thousand of the population ... generally defective nature of the existing sanitary arrangements, and the divided jurisdiction exercised by the various public bodies ... that the present sewerage and drainage is much too limited in extent ... existing burial-grounds are unduly crowded and ought to be closed ... insufficiently lighted, particularly a great number of the courts and lanes occupied by the poorer classes; that it would be a means of health and comfort to all ... if public baths and wash-houses were established.", etc.

Plymouth and Stonehouse Gas Act 1855 (18 & 19 Vict. Ch. xxxv)
An Act for extending the Powers of the Plymouth and Stonehouse Gaslight and Coke Company; and for other Purposes.  Royal Assent 25th May 1855.  [AC]

Local Government Supplemental (No. 2) Act 1861 (24 & 25 Vict. Ch. cxxviii)
An Act to confirm certain Provisional Orders under the Local Government Act (1858), relating to the Districts of Plymouth, Weston-super-Mare, Llanelly, and Llandilo; and for other Purposes in relation thereto.  Royal Assent:  6th August 1861.  Provisional Order putting in force the Lands Clauses Consolidation Act, 1845, within the District of the Plymouth Local Board of Health, for the Purchase of Lands by the said Board for Street Improvements.  Local Government Act 1858.  [AC]

Local Government Supplemental (No. 2) Act 1863 (26 & 27 Vict. Ch. 64)>Plymouth Order

Local Government Supplemental (No. 5) Act 1865 (28 &29 Vict. Ch. 108)>Plymouth Order

Local Government Supplemental (No. 6) Act 1867 (30 & 31 Vict. Ch CXXIII)>Devonport Order
An Act to confirm certain Provisional Orders under "The Local Government Act, 1858" relating to the Districts of Exeter, Devonport, Reading, Warley, and Midgley, and for other Purposes relative to certain Districts under the said Act.  Royal Assent 20th August 1867.  [AC]

Plymouth Corporation Water and Markets Act 1867 (30 & 31 Vict. Ch. cxxviii)

Local Government Supplemental Act 1870 (33 & 34 Vict. Ch. cxiv) > Plymouth Order

The Plymouth School Board was formed on January 31st 1871.

Local Government Board Provisional Orders Confirmation (No. 4) Act 1874 (37 & 38 Vict. Ch. clii) > East Stonehouse Order dated June 4th 1874.

Sutton Harbour Act 1874 (37 & 38 Vict. Ch. clxiii)
An Act to authorise the Sutton Harbour Improvement Company to convert part of the harbour of Sutton Pool into a Dock, and for other purposes.  Royal Assent 30th July 1874.  [AC]

Pier and Harbour Orders Confirmation Act 1874 (37 & 38 Vict. Ch. clxxxv) > Cattewater Harbour Order

Plymouth, Devonport and Stonehouse Cemetery (Extension) Act 1875 (38 & 39 Vict. Ch. lv)
An Act to empower thePlymouth, Devonport, and Stonehouse Cemetery Company to enlarge their Cemetery and to confer further powers upon them in relation to their undertaking; and for other purposes.  Royal Assent 14th June 1875.  [AC]

Pier and Harbour Orders Confirmation Act 1876 (39 & 40 Vict. Ch. xl) > Cattewater Harbour Order

Plymouth Dock (Devonport) Waterworks Act 1876 (39 & 40 Vict. Ch. lxxi)

Plymouth, Devonport and Stonehouse Carriages and Boats Act 1877 (40 & 41 Vict. Ch. xcvi)

Local Government Board’s Provisional Orders Confirmation (Hyde, &c.) Act 1877 (40 & 41 Vict. Ch. ccxxx) > Plymouth Order

Local Government Board’s Provisional Orders Confirmation (Artizans and Labourers Dwellings) Act 1878 (41 & 42 Vict. Ch. cv) > Devonport Order
An Act to confirm certain Provisional Orders of the Local Government Board under the provisions of the Artizans and Labourers Dwelling Improvement Act 1875, relating to the Boroughs of Devonport and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Pier and Harbour Orders Confirmation (No. 1) Act 1878 (41 & 42 Vict. Ch. cxiv) > Plymouth Pier Order

Local Government Board’s Provisional Orders Confirmation (Poor Law) Act 1879 (42 & 43 Vict. Ch. cvi) > Plymouth Order

Plymouth and Stonehouse Gas Act 1879 (42 & 43 Vict. Ch. cxliii)
An Act for enlarging the powers of the Plymouth and Stonehouse Gaslight and Coke Company and for other purposes.

Local Government Board’s Provisional Orders Confirmation (Amersham Union, &c.,) Act 1880 (43 & 44 Vict. Ch. lix) > Plymouth Order

Pier and Harbour Orders Confirmation Act 1881 (44 & 45 Vict. Ch. civ) > Devonport Landing Stages Order 1881

Local Government Board’s Provisional Order Confirmation (Artizans and Labourers Dwellings) Act 1882 (45 & 46 Vict. Ch. lix)

Local Government Board’s Provisional Orders Confirmation (No. 7) Act 1882 (45 & 46 Vict. Ch. lxiv) > Plymouth Order

Pier and Harbour Orders Confirmation (No. 1) Act 1882 (45 & 46 Vict. Ch. clxviii) > Plymouth Pier Order

Local Government Board’s Provisional Order Confirmation (No. 7) Act 1883 (46 & 47 Vict. Ch. cxxxvii) > Plymouth Order

Plympton and District Waterworks Act 1884 (47 & 48 Vict. Ch. liii)
An Act to dissolve and re-incorporate the Plympton and District Waterworks Company (Limited) and for other purposes.  Royal Assent 23rd June 1884.  [AC]

Pier and Harbour Order Confirmation Act 1885 (48 & 49 Vict. Ch. civ) > Cattewater Harbour Order + Plymouth Pier Order

Local Government Board’s Provisional Orders Confirmation (No. 2) Act 1886 (49 & 50 Vict. Ch. xviii) > Plymouth Order

Plymouth Corporation Act 1887 (50 & 51 Vict. Ch. clv)

Local Government Board’s Provisional Orders Confirmation (No. 5) Act 1888 (51 & 52 Vict. Ch. cxx) > Devonport Order

Pier and Harbour Orders Confirmation (No. 2) Act 1889 (52 & 53 Vict. Ch. xlviii) > Devonport Landing Pier and Breakwater Order 1889

Local Government Board’s Provisional Orders Confirmation (No. 10) Act 1889 (52 & 53 Vict. Ch. lxii) > Plymouth Order

Devonport Waterworks Act 1889 (52 & 53 Vict. Ch. lxxii)

Electric Lighting Orders Confirmation (No. 11) Act 1890 (53 & 54 Vict. Ch. cxcvii) > Plymouth Electric Lighting Order

Plymouth Corporation Act 1890 (53 & 54 Vict. Ch. ccxi)

East Stonehouse Local Board Act 1890 (53 & 54 Vict. Ch. ccxxxii)

Local Government Board’s Provisional Orders Confirmation (No. 5) Act 1891 (54 & 55 Vict. Ch. lxviii) > Devonport Order dated April 1st 1891 + Plymouth Order dated April 17th 1891.

Pier and Harbour Orders Confirmation (No. 1) Act 1892 (55 & 56 Vict. Ch. xxxiii) > Plymouth (Phoenix Wharf) Pier Order

Local Government Board’s Provisional Orders Confirmation (No. 5) Act 1892 (55 & 56 Vict. Ch. lxxii) > Plymouth Order

Plymouth Corporation Water Act 1893 (56 & 57 Vict. Ch. lix)
An Act to confer further powers on the Corporation of Plymouth in regard to the construction of additional waterworks and for other purposes

East Stonehouse Water Act 1893 (56 & 57 Vict. Ch. lxii)

Devonport Waterworks Act 1893 (56 & 57 Vict. Ch. lxxii)
An Act for conferring further powers on the Devonport Water Company for the acquisition of lands and the supply of water and for defining and extending their limits of supply and for making provision for the purchase by the East Stonehouse Local Board of a portion of the undertaking of the Company and for the supply of water in bulk by the Company to that Local Board and for other purposes.  Royal Assent 29th June 1893.

Local Government Board Provisional Order Confirmation (Housing of Working Classes) Act 1893 (56 & 57 Vict. Ch. cxi) > Plymouth Order

Local Government Board’s Provisional Orders Confirmation (No. 7) Act 1893 (56 & 57 Vict. Ch. cxxviii) > Plymouth Order

Local Government Board’s Provisional Orders Confirmation (No. 8) Act 1893 (56 & 57 Vict. Ch. cxxix) > Devonport Order dated April 28th 1893.

Electric Lighting Orders Confirmation (No. 3) Act 1894 (57 & 58 Vict. Ch. cxiv) > Plymouth Corporation Electric Lighting Order

Plymouth and Stonehouse Gas Act 1894 (57 & 58 Vict. Ch. ccx)

Local Government Board’s Provisional Orders Confirmation (No. 4) Act 1896 (59 & 60 Vict. Ch. xxix) > Plymouth (Markets) Order

Electric Lighting Orders Confirmation (No 2) Act 1896 (59 & 60 Vict. Ch lxxxiii > Devonport Corporation Electric Lighting Order 1896

Local Government Board’s Provisional Orders Confirmation (No. 10) Act 1896 (59 & 60 Vict. Ch. cv) > Devonport Order 1896
An Act to confirm certain provisional orders of the Local Government Board relating to Barnstaple, Bournemouth (two), Devonport, Oxford, Prestwich, Southport and Stapleton.

Local Government Board’s Provisional Order Confirmation (No. 15) Act 1896 (59 & 60 Vict. Ch. ccxxxvii) > Plymouth (Extension) Order

Devonport Waterworks Act 1897 (60 & 61 Vict. Ch. xliv)
An Act for repealing certain provisions of the Devonport Waterworks Act 1893 and for conferring further powers on the Devonport Water Company for the construction of works and otherwise in relation to their undertaking and for other purposes.  Royal Assent 3rd June 1897.  [AC]

Plymouth Corporation Act 1897 (60 & 61 Vict. Ch. l)

Local Government Board’s Provisional Orders Confirmation (No. 2) Act 1897 (60 & 61 Vict. Ch. lxviii) > Plymouth Order (No. 2)

Local Government Board’s Provisional Orders Confirmation (No. 3) Act 1897 (60 & 61 Vict. Ch. cxxxvii) > Plymouth Order (No. 1)

Local Government Board’s Provisional Orders Confirmation (No. 14) Act 1897 (60 & 61 Vict. Ch. cxli) > East Stonehouse Order 1897

Local Government Board’s Provisional Orders Confirmation (No. 1) Act 1898 (61 & 62 Vict. Ch. xxxi) > East Stonehouse Order

Electric Lighting Orders Confirmation (No. 6) Act 1898 (61 & 62 Vict. Ch. xcii) > East Stonehouse Electric Lighting Order 1898

Local Government Board’s Provisional Orders Confirmation (Housing of Working Classes) Act 1898 (61 & 62 Vict. Ch. xcix) > Devonport (Housing of Working Classes) Order 1898
An Act to confirm certain provisional orders of the Local Government Board relating to Devonport and Sheffield (housing of the working classes).

Plymouth Corporation Act 1898 (61 & 62 Vict. Ch. cxxxix)
(This Act authorised the addition of part of the parish of Weston Peverell to the Borough of Plymouth as from April 1st 1899).

Plymouth and Stonehouse Gas Act 1898 (61 & 62 Vict. Ch. clxx)

Local Government Board’s Provisional Orders Confirmation (No. 10) Act 1898 (61 & 62 Vict. Ch. ccxi) > Devonport (Extension) Order 1898
An Act to confirm a Provisional Order of the Local Government Board relating to the Borough of Devonport.  Royal Assent [12th August 1898.  [AC]

Local Government Board’s Provisional Orders Confirmation (No. 8) Act 1899 (62 & 63 Vict. Ch. cxii) > Devonport Order (No. 1) 1899 and Devonport Order (No. 2) 1899
An Act to confirm certain provisional orders of the Local Government Board relating to Bath, Devonport (two), Margate and Oxford and to the Romford and Wallingford and Crowmarsh United Districts.

Local Government Board’s Provisional Orders Confirmation (Poor Law) Act 1899
(62 & 63 Vict. Ch. cxvi) > Devonport Order

 

Education Board Provisional Orders Confirmation (Brighton and Preston United District, &c.) Act 1900 (63 & 64 Vict. Ch. lix) > Plymouth (Devon) School Board Order

Tramways Orders Confirmation (No. 4) Act 1900 (63 & 64 Vict. Ch. cci) > Plymouth Corporation Tramways Order

Post Office (Sites) Act 1900 (63 & 64 Vict. Ch. ccvi)

Devonport Corporation Act 1900 (63 & 64 Vict. Ch. cclxiii)
An Act to confer powers upon the Corporation of the borough of Devonport with respect to the construction and working of tramways within the borough for extending the powers of the said Corporation as to electric lighting for extending the boundaries of the said borough to make provision for the acquisition of the Devonport Market undertaking to confer further powers upon the said Corporation with respect to streets and other matters and in regard to the health local government and improvement of the said borough to make further provision for the collection and recovery of rates for the borrowing of money and for other purposes.  Royal assent 6th August 1900.  [AC]

Plymouth, Stonehouse and Devonport Tramways Act 1900 (63 & 64 Vict. Ch. cclxxvii)
An Act To confer further powers upon the Plymouth Stonehouse and Devonport Tramways Company to amend Acts relating to that Company and for other purposes.   Royal Assent 6th August 1900.

Devonport Corporation (Gas) Act 1901 (1 Edw. 7 Ch. cclxxiii)
An Act to authorize the Mayor Aldermen and Burgesses of the borough of Devonport to purchase the undertaking of the Devonport Gas and Coke Company and to supply gas within the borough of Devonport and for other purposes.  Royal Assent 17th August 1901.

Tramways Orders Confirmation (No. 1) Act 1901 (1 Edw. 7 Ch. cclxxvii) > Devonport Corporation Tramway Order 1901
Royal Assent 17th August 1901.

Post Office (Sites) Act 1902 (2 Edw. 7 Ch. cxciv)

Devonport Corporation (General Powers) Act 1902 (2 Edw. 7 Ch. ccxxiv)
An Act to confer powers upon the Corporarion of the Borough of Devonport with respect to the construction and working of tramways within the said borough to authorise the construction of an embankment and road at Camel's Head Bridge to make further provision for the borrowing of money and for other purposes.  Royal Assent 8th August 1902. [PC]

Devonport Corporation (Water) Act 1902 (2 Edw. 7 Ch. ccxxv)
An Act to authorize the mayor aldermen and burgesses of the Borough of Devonport to purchase the undertaking of the Devonport Water Company and for other purposes.  Royal Assent 8th August 1902.

As a result of the Education Act 1902, which received the Royal Assent on Thursday December 18th 1902, the Plymouth Local Education Authority came into existence on Friday May 1st 1903.

Plymouth and Stonehouse Gas Act 1903 (3 Edw. 7 Ch. ix)

Post Office (Sites) Act 1903 (3 Edw. 7 Ch. clvi)

Plymouth Corporation Act 1904 (4 Edw. 7 Ch. xcviii)

Post Office (Sites) Act 1904 (4 Edw. 7 Ch. clviii)

Tramways Orders Confirmation (No. 1) Act 1904 (4 Edw. 7 Ch. clxxx) > Plymouth Corporation Tramways Order

Local Government Board’s Provisional Orders Confirmation (No. 4) Act 1905 (5 Edw. 7 Ch. lxxi) > Plymouth Order
An Act to confirm certain provisional orders of the Local Government Board relating to Birkenhead, Bradford (Yorks.), Chester, Derby, Leek, Ossett and Plymouth.

Local Government Board’s Provisional Orders Confirmation (No. 2) Act 1906 (6 Edw. 7 Ch. ci) > Plymouth Order

Post Office (Sites) Act 1906 (6 Edw. 7 Ch. cxviii)

Devonport Corporation Act 1907 (7 Edw. 7 Ch. lxxix)
An Act to confer further powers upon the mayor aldermen and burgesses of the Borough of Devonport with reference to their water undertaking and their electrical undertaking to make further and better provision with regard to the improvement helath local government and finance of the said borough and for other puroses.  Royal Assent 26th July 1907.

Post Office (Sites) Act 1907 (7 Edw. 7 Ch. cxxxii)

Post Office (Sites) Act 1908 (8 Edw. 7 Ch. clxi)

Local Government Board’s Provisional Order Confirmation (No. 3) Act 1911 (1 & 2 Geo. 5 Ch. cxlii) > Plymouth Order

Post Office (Sites) Act 1912 (2 & 3 Geo. 5 Ch. cx)

Local Government Board Provisional Order Confirmation (No. 18) Act 1914 (4 & 5 Geo. 5 Ch. clxxxiii)> Borough of Plymouth Order
An Act to confirm a provisional order of the Local Government Board relating to Devonport, Plymouth and East Stonehouse.

Plymouth Corporation Act 1915 (5 & 6 Geo. 5 Ch. lxix)
An Act to consolidate with amendments certain of the local Acts in force in the borough of Plymouth to confer further powers upon the Mayor Aldermen and Burgesses of that borough and to make further provision in regard to the health local government and improvement of the borough and for other purposes.  Royal Assent 29th July 1915.  [AC]  

Pier and Harbour Order Confirmation (No. 2) Act 1915 (5 & 6 Geo. 5 Ch. xcix)> Cattewater Harbour Order
An Act to confirm certain Provisional Orders made by the Board of Trade under the General Pier and Harbour Act 1861 relating to Cattewater and Poole.  Royal Assent 29th July 1915.  [AC]

Plymouth and Stonehouse Gas Act 1916 (6 & 7 Geo. 5 Ch. xvi)

Plymouth Workhouse Charities Scheme Confirmation Act 1916 (6 & 7 Geo. 5 Ch. lxiii)

Representationof the People Act 1918 gave the vote to everyman overthe age of twneyt-onme whocouldprove he hadresided inthe Constituency for at least six months.  The vote wasalsogranted to women of thirty years of age or over  whowere occupiers intheirown right or were married to men whowere entitledto the vote.

Cattedown Wharves Act 1921 (11 & 12 Geo. 5 Ch. xxxiii)

Plymouth Corporation Act 1923 (13 & 14 Geo. 5 Ch. lxxviii)
An Act to confer further powers upon the Mayor Aldermen and Burgesses of the Borough of Plymouth in regard to their water gas electricity and tramway and light railway undertakings; to empower them to construct street improvements and to purchase the bridges known as the "Stonehouse Bridge" and the "Stonehouse Mill Bridge"; to constitute the Corporation the Port Sanitary Authority for the Port of Plymouth; to provide for the transfer to the Corporation of the Devon and Cornwall Sanatorium at Didworthy; to make further provision in regard to the health local government and improvement of the borough and for other purposes.  Royal Assent 31st July 1923.  [AC]

Ministry of Health Provisional Order Confirmation (No. 2) Act 1924 (14 & 15 Geo. 5 Ch. xiv) >Plymouth (Poor Law) Order

Sutton Harbour Act 1924 (14 & 15 Geo. 5 Ch. lix)

Ministry of Health Provisional Orders Confirmation (No. 1) Act 1925 (15 & 16 Geo. 5 Ch. xx)>County of Devon Order

Pier and Harbour Orders Confirmation (No. 1) Act 1925 (15 & 16 Geo. 5 Ch. lxxiii) > Cattewater Harbour Order
An Act to confirm certain Provisional Orders made by the Minister of Transport under the General Pier and Harbour Act 1861 relating to Cattewater Findochty Llanelly and Port-nan-long.  Royal Assent 31st July 1925.  [AC]

Air Ministry (Cattewater Seaplane Station) Act 1925 (15 & 16 Geo. 5 Ch. lxxix)
Royal Assent 14th August 1925.

Post Office (Sites) Act 1926 (16 & 17 Geo. 5 Ch. lii)

Post Office (Sites) Act 1927 (16 & 17 Geo. 5 Ch. xxxi)

Pier and Harbour Orders Confirmation (No. 1) Act 1927 (16 & 17 Geo. 5 Ch. xli) > Plymouth Piers Order

Post Office (Sites) Act 1928 (18 & 19 Geo. 5 Ch. xiv)

Plympton St. Mary Rural District Council Act 1928 (18 & 19 Geo. 5 Ch. xlv)

By Letters Patent, under the Great Seal of the Realm, dated October 18th 1928, His Majesty King George V ordained that the County Borough of Plymouth shall become the City of Plymouth.  The fee for the Letters Patent cost the Council just over £100.

Pier and Harbour Orders Confirmation Act 1929 (20 & 21 Geo. 5 Ch. vii)> Cattewater Harbour Order

Plympton St. Mary Rural District Council Act 1933 (23 & 24 Geo. 5 Ch. lxxviii)

Post Office Sites Act 1934 (24 & 25 Geo. 5 Ch. xxvii)

Prince of Wales’ Hospital Plymouth Act 1934 (24 & 25 Geo. 5 Ch. lii)

By Letters Patent, under the Great Seal of the Realm, dated May 6th 1935, His Majesty King George V granted Plymouth chief magistrate the dignity of Lord Mayor.  This did not come without cost to the City as the fees and stamp duty for the Letters Patent cost them £57 15s 6d.

Post Office Sites Act 1936 (26 Geo. 5 & 1 Edw. 8 Ch. xliii)

Ministry of Health Provisional Orders Confirmation (Plympton St. Mary) Act 1936 (26 Geo. 5 & 1 Edw. 8 Ch. xcvi)> Plympton St. Mary Order

Plymouth Extension Act 1938 (1 & 2 Geo. 6 Ch. xli)

Post Office (Sites) Act 1938 (1 & 2 Geo. 6 Ch. xliii)

Pier and Harbour Order (Plymouth) Confirmation Act 1938 (1 & 2 Geo. 6 Ch. lxx)

Plympton St. Mary Rural District Council Act 1945 (9 & 10 Geo. 6 Ch. xiv)

 

Plymouth Extension Act 1950 (14 Geo. 6 Ch. xlviii)
An Act to extend the boundaries of the City of Plymouth, and for other purposes.

Pier and Harbour Order (Cattewater) Confirmation Act 1950 (14 Geo. 6 Ch xxxvi)
An Act to confirm a Provisional Order made by the Minister of Transport under the General Pier and Harbour Act 1861 relating to Cattewater.  Royal Assent 28th July 1950.  [AC]

Cattedown Wharves Act 1957 (5 & 6 Eliz. 2 Ch. viii)
An Act to make further provision with respect to dues rates and charges demandable at Cattedown Wharves Plymouth and for other purposes.  Royal Assent 6th June 1957.  [AC]

Tamar Bridge Act 1957 (5 & 6 Eliz. 2 Ch. xxviii)

Transport Act 1962 (Ch. 46)

Plymouth Corporation Act 1971 (Ch. xxi)

By authority of the Local Government Act 1972, Aldermen ceased to exist on and as from April 1st 1974.  Only Honorary Aldermen can now be chosen by the Lord Mayor in recognition of local government service.

Plymouth City Council Act 1975 (Ch. xx)
An Act to confer further powers on the Council of the city of Plymouth in relation to hackney carriages and private hire vehicles; and for other purposes.   Royal Assent 1st August 1975.

Tamar Bridge Act 1979 (Ch. iv)

Plymouth Marine Events Base Act 1985 (Ch. xxv)

Plymouth City Council Act 1987 (Ch. iv)

Cattewater Reclamation Act 1992 (Ch. xiv)

Tamar Bridge Act 1998 (Ch. iv)