London and Birmingham Railway, [1837]

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Alphabetical list for applicants for the post of porter with the railway, giving name of applicant, residence, age, former employment, by whom recommended and remarks. Undated, probably c1837.

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.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the items in the collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the controlled environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room Uncatalogued material may not be seen. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

Archivist's Note

Separated Material

The Public Record Office, 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].

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Custodial History

Given by Angela Whitelegge, former member of the Library staff.