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Bradford Canal Company Limited


Records of the Bradford Canal Company Limited: maps and plans of the canal, basins, wharves, warehouses and machinery 1870-1878.



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Administrative /‚Äč Biographical history

After the closure of the Bradford Canal under the Company of Proprietors of the Bradford Navigation due to pollution and competition, the Bradford Canal Company Limited was created to reopen the canal for three miles in 1873 for quarry owners and stone merchants. The canal struggled to regenerate traffic and in 1878 an Act transferred ownership to the Leeds & Liverpool and Aire & Calder canal companies. For further information on the Bradford Canal see Edward Paget-Tomlinson's 'The Illustrated History of Canals & River Navigations' and Charles Hadfield's 'The Canals of Yorkshire and North East England'.

System of arrangement

It has not been possible to ascertain any original structure of record-keeping from the small number of records held for this company. The fonds has therefore been arranged with plans of the canal placed first, then plans of basins, wharves and warehouses, with plans of machinery placed at the end. Within each of these areas, the plans have been arranged chronologically.

Associated material

[See also: BW77, 79, 91 and 138 for records of Bradford Canal during other periods of ownership]