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Medway navigation legislation

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 MS 488
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Medway navigation legislation
Date(s): c1740
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 8 leaves
Name of creator(s): Unknown
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Administrative/Biographical history:

The River Medway is Kent's premier river, rising in the Ashdown Forest in East Sussex and flowing roughly in a north easterly direction for some 70 miles through Kent to its mouth in the Thames estuary at Sheerness. It is tidal up to the lock at Allington, near Maidstone, and is navigable as far as Tonbridge. The first Act Of Parliament enabling a navigation on the Medway was in 1664 and the last was in 1884, the purpose of the Navigation being to facilitate trade.


Scope and content/abstract:

Manuscript transcript of an Act of Parliament (16 and 17 Charles II, c.11) for making the river Medway navigable in the Counties of Kent and Sussex, copied in c1740.

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Conditions governing access:

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Uncatalogued material may not be seen. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Finding aids:

Collection level description.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Enclosed, as item 1, in a Goldsmiths' Library volume lettered 'Canal Acts, Bills & Surveys 1740 to 1774', (containing G.L. Cat. 10478, 10801, 10923, 11054, 13658, together with MS 489), which came from the library of John Baker Holroyd, 1st Earl of Sheffield.

Allied Materials

Related material:

University of London MS 489 is bound in the same volume.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Aug 2001

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