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Trent Navigation Company (1)


Records of the Trent Navigation Company (1): legal, financial, administrative and traffic records 1884-1952, papers kept by the company for information 1867-1883.



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Administrative /‚Äč Biographical history

By the 1870s the River Trent was in a bad way and ideas for improvements were put forward. In 1882 the navigation started carrying a fleet of tugs and barges. Further investment was needed but the Company of Proprietors of the River Trent Navigation had a limited financial capability. Therefore in November 1883 the limited company, the Trent Navigation & Carrying Company, was formed. The old and limited companies were then amalgamated under an Act of May 1884 to form the Trent Navigation Company. This company was supposed to be taken over by the Nottingham Corporation but this did not happen. In 1887 another Act formed the Trent (Burton-upon-Trent and Humber) Navigation Company. For further information on the Trent Navigation see Edward Paget-Tomlinson's 'The Illustrated History of Canals & River Navigations' and Charles Hadfield's 'The Canals of the East Midlands'.

System of arrangement

It has not been possible to ascertain the original structure of record-keeping from the records held for this company. The fonds has been arranged into two series. The company's legal, financial, administrative and traffic records have been placed first, followed by papers kept by the company for information. The records within these series have been arranged chronologically while keeping records relating to each other together. This means that some records may fall slightly out of the chronological sequence.

Associated material

[See also: BW60, BW98 and BW159-161 for records of the Trent Navigation during other periods of ownership]