Regent's Canal City and Docks Railway Company
Records of the Regent's Canal City and Docks Railway Company: financial and legal records 1883-1947, plans of the canal 1881-1892, papers kept by the Regent's Canal City and Docks Railway Company for information 1856-1876.
These records are available immediately for research
Chaired by J S Forbes, for the first six years after the Regent's Canal City and Docks Railway Company came into existence in 1883 it did nothing about the numerous lines of railway it was authorised to build that had been a major impetus for seeking the Act. If the shareholders who called a meeting in August 1889 to discuss them expected something to be done, they were disappointed. In 1892 another Act was passed that abandoned some of the railway lines but also created a new company, the North Metropolitan Railway and Canal Company. For further information on the Regent's Canal see Edward Paget-Tomlinson's 'The Illustrated History of Canals & River Navigations' and Charles Hadfield's 'The Canals of the East Midlands'.
It has not been possible to ascertain the original structure of record-keeping from the records held for this company. The fonds has, therefore, been arranged into three series by subject. The company's financial and legal records have been placed first, followed by plans of the canal. Papers kept by the Regent's Canal City and Docks Railway Company for information are placed at the end of the collection. The records within each series have generally been arranged chronologically while keeping records relating to each other together. This means that some records may fall slightly out of the chronological sequence.
[See also: BW58, 100, 103 and 108 for records of the Regent's Canal during other periods of ownership]