Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)MS36
TitleRecords of the Cannock Chase and Wolverhampton Railway Company Limited
Extent8 boxes (4 standard and 4 large), and 1 item in planchest
DescriptionRecords comprising Company minutes, 1864-1946, cash book, 1864-1873, statements of accounts, 1868-1945, Company articles of agreement, 1864-late 19th century, registers of bondholders, shareholders, and shares, 1865-1923; miscellaneous records relating to the Company and affairs of individuals associated with the Company including correspondence and general papers, 1852-1889, Parliamentary papers and their accompanying plans and sections, 1862-late 19th century, and notices to treat, 1865. In addition there is associated material either relating to, or acquired by, individuals associated with the Company, 1857-1946
ArrangementThe collection originally formed part of a business records collection in the department. Where relevant, these previous finding numbers have been noted in the Physical Description field of records. The collection is arranged into series of minutes, cash books, statements of accounts, agreements, registers of bondholders, shareholders, shares, and share transfers, share ledgers, correspondence and miscellaneous records, and associated material.
Access ConditionsAccess to all registered researchers
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Access StatusOpen
Physical DescriptionThis collection contains oversize items which are stored separately
Administrative HistoryThe Cannock Chase and Wolverhampton Railway Company was incorporated by the powers of the 1864 Cannock Chase and Wolverhampton Railway Act. This Act authorised the construction of a line to link the Great Western Railway at Cannock Road to the private Cannock Chase Railway at Burntwood (a hamlet 3.5 miles west of Lichfield). A branch was later to join the Cannock Chase Extension Railway. The company was further empowered by Parliament in 1866 to build a five mile extension to South Staffordshire at Hednesford (the Hednesford Railway was completed in 1868), and an extension of the Company's line to the Midland Railway at Wichnor. The date of the Company's dissolution is not known.
Custodial HistoryThe provenance of the papers is unknown. It is thought that they were acquired by the University of Birmingham in the 1960s-1970s. Their former location in Special Collections was Business Records 14/ii-iii.
Related MaterialRecords of the Cannock Chase Colliery Company Limited contain material relating to the Cannock Chase and Wolverhampton Railway Company. See MS35


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