Medway Council Heritage Services catalogues
  • Title
    City Surveyor
  • Reference
  • Date
  • Level of description
  • Extent
    81 boxes
  • Administrative history / biography
    Prior to 1878, surveyors were employed by the City of Rochester. In January 1878, they considered the appointment of one surveyor for the whole of the city and created the office of city surveyor. The duties, described in the minutes of the sanitary committees, included the supervision of all works to be undertaken under the Public Health Act of 1875. The city surveyor was to take 'care of all the roads, pavements, gutters, sewers and drains', inspect all buildings, write reports and attend committees meetings. William Banks was the first surveyor, appointed in March 1878.