Municipal Borough of Twickenham


Municipal Borough of Twickenham
Twickenham
Twickenham1961.svg
Twickenham within Middlesex in 1961
Geography
Status Local board 1868 - 1894
Urban district 1894 - 1926

Municipal borough 1926 - 1965

1901 area 2,421 acres (9.8 km2)
1965 area 7,014 acres (28.4 km2)
HQ Twickenham
History
Created 1868
Abolished 1965
Succeeded by London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
Demography
1901 population 20,991
1961 population 100,971
The Arms of The Municipal Borough of Twickenham
Coat of arms of the borough council

Twickenham was a local government district in Middlesex, England from 1868 to 1965.

Twickenham Local Government District was formed in 1868, when the civil parish of Twickenham adopted the Local Government Act 1858. The district was governed by a local board of 27 members.[1]

The Local Government Act 1894 reconstituted the area of the local board as Twickenham Urban District. Twickenham Urban District Council, consisting of 24 councillors representing 4 wards, replaced the local board.

In 1926 Twickenham was granted a charter of incorporation to become a municipal borough. The borough council consisted of a mayor, 8 aldermen and 24 councillors, and was divided into 8 wards.

In 1934 the borough was extended by a county review order: the urban districts of Hampton, Hampton Wick and Teddington were all absorbed by Twickenham. The borough council was increased in size with 10 alderman and 30 councillors representing 10 wards. The number of wards was later increased to 11.[1]

The local board met in rented rooms until 1881, when a town hall was opened in King Street. In 1924 Twickenham UDC purchased the historic York House, and after restoration this became the offices for the borough.[1]

The borough was abolished in 1965 with the creation of Greater London. It became part of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, along with the Municipal Borough of Barnes and the Municipal Borough of Richmond, both from Surrey.

Coat of arms

The Twickenham Urban District Council was granted a coat of arms by the College of Arms in 1913. The name "Twickenham" was said to mean "place where two ways meet", and the main device on the shield was a green pall or Y-shaped figure to illustrate this. The pall also resembles the arms of Diocese of Canterbury, which had historical links with the area. At the top of the shield was an antique lamp for "literature arts and sciences". At the dexter side were crossed swords, from the arms of the Diocese of London. These represented Twickenham's first appearance in historical records, when Waldhere, Bishop of London was granted land in the area in AD 704. The three red roses came from the arms of William of Wykeham who built the tower of the parish church of St Mary.

The crest above the shield was a swan on water with an eel in its beak. This represented the River Thames, which (at the time of the grant) was the boundary of the town for some three miles (5 km). The eel was for Eel Pie Island.[2]

The arms were inherited by the municipal borough in 1926, and were unaltered when the borough was extended in 1934.

References

  1. ^ a b c Twickenham: Local Government, Victoria County History of Middlesex, Vol. 3 (British History Online), accessed January 28, 2008
  2. ^ Official Guide of Twickenham UDC, quoted in W C Scott-Giles, Civic Heraldry of England and Wales, 2nd edition, London, 1953

Coordinates: 51°26′52″N 0°19′28″W / 51.4478°N 0.3244°W / 51.4478; -0.3244


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