Records of the Oxford Canal Navigation

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      GB 161 MSS. Top. Oxon. a. 83-4, b. 287-8, c. 752-3
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Scope and Content

Records of the Oxford Canal Navigation, consisting of accounts, interest books and share transfer books.

Administrative / Biographical History

An Act of Parliament was passed in 1769, allowing the construction of the Oxford canal. The canal was opened in 1790. In 1830 improvement works shortened the canal by 14 miles.

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Acquisition Information

The collection was given to the Library in 1951.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

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