Records of the Fairbank Family, Surveyors and Engineers

Scope and Content

This collection includes material relating to the business of Fairbank and Sons, Surveyors and Engineers, primarily correspondence in addition to genealogical research into the Fairbank family.

Administrative / Biographical History

The first William Fairbank was a quaker and surveyor who with the help of his son made plans of estates in Derbyshire and Yorkshire. His two sons William and Josiah carried on the business and after that, Josiah and his son took over in 1833. After his son's death in 1848, the company was wound up.

The Fairbanks were involved in the construction of enclosures, railways, canals, roads and waterworks. They operated in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire and even Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Cheshire, Lancashire and Staffordshire.

Access Information

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Archivist's Note

Compiled by Francesca Taylor, Community Collections Assistant, May 2015.

Conditions Governing Use

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