London and Birmingham Railway - Boxmoor Skew Bridge 1836/7
Supplied on DVD are digital images of the
original civil engineering records for Boxmoor
Skew Bridge, Hemel Hempstead. The 2 pages
from ledger records give details of the
manpower and types and quantities of materials
used in constructing this bridge at approximately
montly intervals between January and October 1836.
Also on the DVD will be an image of a drawing
of the newly constructed bridge by J. C.
Bourne taken from an original lithograph
published in 1839. The bridge still exists,
and still carries the railway; today part
of the "West Coast Main Line".
For comparison a photograph of the bridge
in 2007 is included. This shows how photographically
accurate Bourne's drawing is.
Also on the DVD is an image of an engraving
showing the Boxmoor area around the time
of the opening of the railway in 1838.
The bridge construction records are from
a ledger (approx A4 size) containing the
original civil engineering records for contracts
4B, 5B and 6B of the building of the London
& Birmingham Railway in 1836/7. This
is an approximately 10 mile section from
Kings Langley (just north of Watford tunnel)
to Tring station. These 3 consecutive contracts were
probably recorded together as they were all
awarded to W&L Cubitt. The front
cover of the ledger is show top left of this