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Lord Mayor, Aldermen and Citizens of the City of Nottingham (in respect of the Trent Navigation undertaking)


Records of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen and Citizens of the City of Nottingham: records relating to the Trent Navigation - Bill and byelaws 1915-1934, contract 1922, programme and printed material 1921-1926, report 1933-1934.



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Administrative /‚Äč Biographical history

The Nottingham Corporation was authorised by an Act of 1915 to take over the Nottingham-Newark section of the River Trent, but there was no work on the locks due to the First World War. The Nottingham Corporation saved the Trent Navigation from closure. During the war the Trent Navigation received a Government subsidy much like other waterways. But this ended abruptly in 1920, leaving the navigation with increased costs, but no powers immediately to raise tolls. The Ministry of Transport took control of the river until Nottingham could proceed with proposed improvements in 1921. In 1927 they took over their section of the river which the Trent Navigation was managing for them. 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 small number of records held for this company. The fonds has therefore 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.

Associated material

[See also: BW60, BW98 and BW158-160 for records of the Trent Navigation during other periods of ownership]