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London and Birmingham Railway

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 MS1122
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: London and Birmingham Railway
Date(s): 1836 February
Level of description: Fonds
Extent: 1 item
Name of creator(s): London and Birmingham Railway
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Administrative/Biographical history:

The London and Birmingham Railway was sanctioned in 1833, and the Company appointed Robert Stephenson as chief engineer. Its construction was dogged by much opposition. The 112 mile long London to Birmingham line took 20,000 men nearly five years to build. The total cost of building the railway was 5,500,000 (50,000 a mile). The railway was opened in stages and finally completed on 17 September 1838. The line started at Birmingham's Curzon Street Station and finished at Euston Station in London.


Scope and content/abstract:

Drawing of Tring cutting in Hertfordshire, 1836, which was built as part of the London and Birmingham Railway.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

1 item only

Conditions governing access:

Open for research

Conditions governing reproduction:

This item may be copied subject to an inspection of its physical condition

Finding aids:

Fonds description only

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Senate House Library

Allied Materials

Related material:

Senate House Library holds other archives, which relate to the London and Birmingham Railway (Refs: MS504, MS940). The Goldsmiths collection at Senate House Library also includes plans for the "Tring" line, circa 1840 (Ref: [G.L.] Case II.7 [Railways Portfolio]).

The National Archives, London, holds business records, 1830-1849 and 1833-1877 (Ref: RAIL 384); Salford University Library contains miscellaneous correspondence from directors, 1830; Bristol University Library holds minutes of evidence given before the House of Lords Committee, 1832 (Ref: DM 1528); the National Railway Museum Library and Archive contains drawings of Curzon Street Station, Birmingham, [1838-1840].

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled by Richard Temple.

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:
2006-09-16, Richard Temple

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