Catalogue description London and North Western Railway Company: Records

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Details of RAIL 410
Reference: RAIL 410
Title: London and North Western Railway Company: Records

This series contains minutes and reports of the Court of Proprietors, general meetings, board meetings, and various committees, reports to the board, accountant's records, stock and shares registers, deeds, agreements, contracts, specifications, estimates, plans, books, circulars and notices, locomotive and rolling stock records, reports on bills deposited in Parliament, petitions and memorials to directors, correspondence and papers, staff records, publications, civil engineer's records, solicitor's records and marine records.

Electronic images of selected pieces of these records can be searched online through our partner website. (Please Note: Pieces 1217-1218, 1797-1808, 1812-1892, 1897, 1900-1951, 1959-1964, 1972, 1977-1982, 1986 only have been digitised).

Note: Catalogue entries for Reports to Board in this series have been enhanced as part of a project supported by Volunteers, including the Friends of The National Archives; completed in September 2018.
Date: 1803-1953

RAIL 410/1-2126 are in the order of the former references allocated to each piece by the British Transport Historical Record Office (BTHR).

RAIL 410/2127-2252 are, where possible, listed in the original order of the LNWR.

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department: LNW
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

London and North Western Railway Company, 1846-1923

Physical description: 2256 bundles, files and volumes
Access conditions: Open
Immediate source of acquisition:

1972-2003 British Railways Board

Accruals: No further accruals expected
Administrative / biographical background:

Incorporated by the London and North Western Railway Act, 16 July 1846. Amalgamated into the London Midland and Scottish Railway Company as from 1 January 1923 by virtue of the Railways Act, 19 August 1921.

The London and North Western Railway Company was an amalgamation of the London and Birmingham, the Grand Junction and the Manchester and Birmingham railway companies.

The new company controlled 438 miles of railway route extending from Euston in London to Birmingham via Rugby and thence to Liverpool and Manchester via Warrington. Various further acts of Parliament were obtained which extended the LNWR's system by either authorising new lines or absorbing other railway companies, the most notable of which were the North London in 1909 and Lancashire and Yorkshire in 1922, giving the LNWR over 2,000 miles of route.

On 1 January 1923, the LNWR was grouped with other companies to form the London, Midland and Scottish Railway.

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