Papers relating to Railways, Canals, Sewerage Schemes etc.

Scope and Content

The series comprises bundles, wallets and envelopes of papers relating to particular projects, such as sewerage schemes, the construction of railways and the Manchester Ship Canal, and the building of a bridge over the River Mersey, which directly affected the Cheshire Estates of the Earls of Stamford and the Stamford Trustees. Land was required for these schemes and the promoters, whether private companies or local authorities, often acquired powers of compulsory purchase through Acts of Parliament. The series also contains papers relating to other property transactions, such as the enclosure and sale of Hale Moss and the conveyance of Carrington Moss to Manchester Corporation, and to works on the estate, including a specification for the rebuilding of a farm and quotations from suppliers of building materials and other products. These papers did not constitute part of the alphabetical arrangement found in EGR14/15 above.

Like EGR14/15, the series bears witness to the increasing complexity of estate administration during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and to the strengthening of external influences upon the Stamford Estates.

The series contains 2 bundles of plans, correspondence and other papers re the sale of land to several railway companies, 1851-1901 and 1845-1888 (EGR14/16/1-2); 2 bundle of papers and plans re the Manchester, South Junction & Altrincham Railway, 1849-1898 (EGR14/16/3 & EGR14/16/5); a wallet of papers re the Cheshire Lines Liverpool Extension Railway and the Cheshire Midland Railway, 1860-1875 (EGR14/16/4); 2 bundles of papers re the construction of an outfall sewer in Bowdon, 1865-1894 (EGR14/16/6 & EGR14/16/15); 2 bundles of papers re the construction of sewage farms by Altrincham and Bowdon Local Boards of Health, 1861-1896 and 1880-1885 (EGR14/16/7-8); a bundle of papers re the eviction of Henry Bancroft from his farm in Dunham Massey, and improvements made to the farm, 1882-1897 (EGR14/16/9); 3 wallets containing plans and papers re the sale of land to the Manchester Ship Canal Company, 1883-1912 (EGR14/16/10-12); 2 wallets of papers re the sale of Carrington Moss to Manchester Corporation, 1861-1895 (EGR14/16/13-14); a bundle of papers re other property transactions with Manchester Corporation, 1893-1926 (EGR14/16/16); an envelope of papers re a recreation ground in Bowdon, 1895 (EGR14/16/17); a wallet of papers re Dunham Massey sewerage scheme, 1899-1910 (EGR14/16/18); a wallet of papers re the construction of a bridge over the River Mersey between Carrington and Flixton, 1901-1913 (EGR14/16/19); a wallet of papers re Hale Moss, 1844-1910 (EGR14/16/20); a bundle of quotations from suppliers of materials, 1906-1914 (EGR14/16/21); a specification for the rebuilding of a farm in Dunham Massey, 1907 (EGR14/16/22); an envelope of papers re a proposal to supply water to Dunham Massey Hall and Dunham Town, 1909 (EGR14/16/23); a bundle of papers re the repair of a road through Brookheys Farm in Dunham Massey, 1907 & 1909 (EGR14/16/24); a bundle of papers re road widening in Dunham Woodhouses, 1911-1912 (EGR14/16/25); and a bundle of papers re Dark Lane Sewage Farm in Dunham Massey, 1911-1915 (EGR14/16/26).