Accounts for Road-Making on the Cheshire Estates

Scope and Content

The series comprises bundles of accounts for road-making and sewering on the Cheshire Estates of the Earls of Stamford and the Stamford Trustees. In the second half of the nineteenth century Altrincham and the surrounding townships of Bowdon, Hale and Dunham Massey experienced rapid suburban development. The 7th Earl of Stamford and (from 1883) the Stamford Trustees pursued a policy of selling land on chief rent for building purposes. The Stamford Estate was responsible for laying out new roads and installing sewers, but the cost of making and repairing a particular street was apportioned among the property owners, according to the lengths of their frontages.

The bundles contain summary accounts of expenditure and receipts for road-making; accounts of expenditure on particular roads; statements of the account of individual property owners for their share of road-making costs; invoices and delivery notes from contractors and suppliers of road-making materials, such as cinders, gravel, iron grids and stone setts; calculations of quantities and costs; correspondence relating to road-making; and wages sheets and time sheets for estate staff employed in making and repairing roads.

[See also the road-making ledger EGR14/59/12 below, 1884-1891.]