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One Hundred Years of Service: Durham County Council Centenary 1889-1989

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One Hundred Years of Service: Durham County Council Centenary 1889-1989

Paperback: 36 pages
Publisher: Durham County Council (1990)
Dimensions: 21 x 30 x 0.3 cm

After 1889 Durham County Council assumed responsibility for the administration of the county from its predecessor, the Quarter Sessions. The long industrial history of the county and its rapid expansion in the preceding half century meant that the newly-formed County Council had many difficult problems to solve, particularly the wretched living conditions of many of its people.

This guide covers the opening of the new Shire Hall in Old Elvet and the development of the services provided by the council, including Highways, Police, Analysts Department, Consumer Protection, Education, Social Services, County Library, Planning and Fire Brigade.

Some of the leading personalities among elected members and officers are mentioned, the most famous being Peter Lee, the first Labour chairman of the County Council.

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