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Deborah Coltham Rare Books

Specialist dealer in science and medicine, with books by or about women a particular area of interest.

An iconic feat of Victorian engineering


UNIQUE ARCHIVE OF SOME 200 LARGE ROLLED PLANS, BLUEPRINTS AND TECHNICAL DRAWINGS executed by a number of different leading engineering companies and relating to the construction of grain elevators, and general improvements and maintenance of the locks along the Ship Canal, with specific reference to Ellesmere Port, Stanlow Oil Dock, Barton Lock, and Salford Docks. Various places of publication including Cheadle Heath, Openshaw, Manchester, Gateshead-on-Tyne, and Walton-on-Thames, various dates including 1914, 1915, 1924, 1928, 1932 and 1949.


Collection of some 200 tightly rolled documents of varying sizes, many on draft linen, and also including blue-prints, and drawings on translucent draft paper, a number partially coloured; all exhibiting signs of use and wear, with some considerable dust-soiling to some edges, the majority creased and many with quite considerable wear to extremities - with some loss in a few places; nevertheless a striking and unusual collection.


A fascinating collection, comprising technical drawings, plans and blueprints issued by a number of leading engineering firms, and relating to both recent constructions, and presumably to the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of various buildings and lock systems along the Manchester Ship Canal. Spanning a period between 1914 and 1949, the collection focuses in particular upon Eastham Locks and Gates, Ellesmere Port, Stanlow Oil Docks, Barton Lock and Salford Docks, and provides an unusual and visual insight into the workings of this iconic feat of Victorian engineering.

Current Condition

Considerable wear to some of the plans and blueprints