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Rare Cornish railway broadside

Title
Truro, Redruth & Penzance Railway in continuation of the London, Exeter & Falmouth Railway, with the Breakwater at Penlee Point Mount's Bay. Patron. His Most Gracious Majesty King William the Fourth Duke of Cornwall &c., &c., & c. Patronesses Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Kent. Her Royal Highness the Princess Victoria. Vice-Patron. His Royal Highness the Duke of Sussex K.G.P.R.S. &c., &c.
Author
DEAN, C.
Publisher
Captain Hackett,
Publication place
Exeter,
Publication date
1836.
Dimensions
713 by 411mm. (28 by 16.25 inches).
Price
£2,000
Reference
3164

Description

Three lithograph maps on one mapsheet, two lithograph views above maps.

Notes

Rare promotional broadsheet for the Truro, Redruth and Penzance Railway, to be constructed as an extension of the mainline railway from London to Exeter and Falmouth, extending the network into Cornwall.

This is a particularly attractive sheet, divided into two sections, with the uppermost a chart of Mount's Bay, showing the combined benefits of the breakwater and railway for Penzance's prosperity; the lower shows the route of the railway. There are two finely observed vignette views: of the railways' terminus in London at Snow Hill (Holborn) and Mount's Bay. The plan was part of the papers prepared by the railway company to submit to Parliament to secure the requisite Act;
the map is mentioned in the 'West Briton' newspaper for 9th December, 1836, as deposited with the clerks of the peace, with the comment that the weather in the region had been so bad, it was remarkable that the surveyors had managed to complete the survey in a timely fashion.

Bibliography

The map not traced on COPAC; Worms & Baynton-Williams: Hackett, Thomas.