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A card issued for a shareholders' meeting. Probably one of the first meetings as the directors Jeans, Foster and Thomas are referred to in the Act of Parliament Order. The Secretary and Gen. Manager is 'living' on site, in The Huts. Note the name: Butler-Henderson. An Ancestor of Vicki?     


A later card. Directors have changed. Note no dividends paid (none ever paid.) Also that the line is under construction. It was never referred to as being finished. 

all docs

Documents from 100 years ago.

Documents printed in 1917 and 1919.

A 20 page document being the Order granted by Parliament for the construction of the Edge Hill Light Railway.
The document cost 3 old pennies back in 1919. About 2 now.

A draft document was produced in August 1917 by the Solicitors for the Edge Hill Light Railway. See first two cards. This document  is identical to the Order by Parliament dated 1919. It was probably produced to help in 'getting the ball rolling' before official approval was given.   

This looks as if electrical power for locomotives was prohibited. Why? The land was compulsory purchased, but with a time limit. 

The Directors as stated in the first card. This paragraph is in the Order.

light railway spec
The Light Railway Act was created to encourage railways in rural areas.  Note the 'By reducing legal costs.'

light rail spec 2
Summary of  the Provisions of the Light Railway Act.


Schedule on the last page of the Order. What should and shouldn't be done.

This is the estimate of the building costs for the railway prepared by Stephens.

cost 2
This is a schedule of the estimated cost of constructing Line No. 3 which is the section with the incline and the bridges on Arlescote Lane and Camp Lane. Note the cost of  acquiring 8 acres no  rods no  perches of land is 1,600.                (200 per Acre)

total cost

This is the total cost of the all the lines, including the  routes to Nadbury Camp, Horley and Shenington. 145, 970.

The above comment is from " The Story of an Unfortunate Line" by Eric Tonks.  
H.F Stephens was an experienced civil engineer and  probably had quantity surveyors to do the donkey work of calculating the costs. It seems odd that they all underestimated the true costs of the works. Perhaps another view of the schedule showing the estimated cost of Line  No. 3  will give the answer.

line 3

Everything is itemized and priced except the cost of the Embankments!    94,101 Cubic Yards with no cost in the output column. If this should have been included then this is a huge error. Probably 10000 on a cost of construction of 23,327. Mmm, I wonder what was going on here? 


land book

This book contains the list of the parcels of land that the railway would pass over. It gives owners, trustees and occupiers.  

Edward Duckett owned some fields, ditches and a disused clay pit.

duckett convey
 A copy of the conveyance document from Edward Duckett to The Edge Hill Light Railway Company. 4 Acres. No Rods. 19 perches. Note date of conveyance: 1st April 1921. By all accounts, the construction work was already well underway.

The plan with the conveyance showing that plots 8, 9 and 10 were being purchased.


The plots 8, 9 and 10 as shown on Stephen's Construction Drawings.


Across the middle:   Three Hundred and Ninety Two Pounds, Sixteen Shillings.  About 100 per Acre, half the estimated cost. But see below.

It look as if Mr Duckett had to fight for an increase. Perhaps that is why the conveyance was delayed.

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