• Title
    Worthington Archive
  • Reference
  • Production date
    1807 - 1932
  • Creator
    • Samuel Barton (1820-1915 Worthington, railway civil engineer)Biography
    • William Barton (1854-1939 Worthington, railway civil engineer)Biography
  • Scope and Content
    The collection includes letters, accounts, specifications and plans as well as railway memorabilia. The contents of the collection may be summarised as follows: S B Worthington S B Worthington’s material relates to, among others, the Sheffield - Rotherham Railway, Caledonian Railway, Paris - Rouen Railway, Orleans Railway, Lancaster & Preston Junction Railway, Lancaster & Carlisle Railway Company (absorbed by London & North Western Railway Company in 1879) and the Gauge Commission of 1846-1848. W B Worthington W B Worthington’s material is much more miscellaneous but contains Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway reports of visits to America, items relating to arched bridges 1840-1921, and rainfall, 1929-1932. General Papers and Documents These items do not seem to relate directly to the careers of either S B or W B Worthington and may therefore be records of interest to or railwayana collected by the Worthingtons. These papers relate to, among others: the Kelso – Berwick Railway, 1809, 1824; East Lothian Railway, 1825-1826; Forth of Clyde – Stirling Railway, 1826-1827; Clydesdale – Glasgow Railway, 1828; Liverpool & Manchester Railway, 1824, 1836; Railway Chronicle Travel Charts, c 1840-50; new railway station at Hunt’s Bank, Manchester; Manchester Ship Canal, 1835-1894. Items from the Worthington Family Archive Personal and mostly non-railway items including a notebook of Samuel Barton Worthington, an account of a walking holiday by William Barton Worthington, and a book of carte-de-visite photographs.
  • Extent
    10 boxes
  • Language
    English, French
  • Archival history
    Main part of the Archive ref: WORTH 1-3 were donated to the National Railway Museum by William Barton Worthington’s nephew, Dr. Edgar Barton Worthington, CBE, in 1999. Items from the Worthington Family Archive Ref: WORTH/4 purchased from Maggs Bros. Ltd. in 2003.
  • Level of description
  • Repository name
    National Railway Museum, York
  • Associated people and organisations
    • Sheffield & Rotherham Railway Co
    • Caledonian Railway
    • Paris - Rouen Railway
    • Orleans Railway
    • Lancaster & Preston Junction Railway
    • Lancaster & Carlisle RailwayBiography
    • London & North Western Railway CoBiography
    • Neumann, George (1817-1898) Civil Engineer
    • Locke, JosephBiography
  • Subject
  • Conditions governing access
    Access is given in accordance with the NRM access policy. Material from this collection is available to researchers through Search Engine. The collection came to the National Railway Museum in an extremely fragile state. Conservation work has been undertaken on some of the items – these are marked with an asterisk (*) and are fully open to researchers. Other items are not yet available.
  • Conditions governing Reproduction
    Copies may be supplied of items in the collection, provided that the copying process used does not damage the item or is not detrimental to its preservation. Copies will be supplied in accordance with the NRM’s terms and conditions for the supply and reproduction of copies, and the provisions of any relevant copyright legislation.
  • Related object
  • Appraisal
    No appraisal of this collection has been undertaken
  • System of arrangement
    It has not been possible to ascertain how Samuel Barton Worthington and William Barton Worthington arranged their papers. Therefore the collection has been arranged into four series, as follows: 1. Samuel Barton Worthington 2. William Barton Worthington 3. General Papers and Documents 4. Items from the Worthington Family Archive
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