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  1. Accrington (Manor of) SURRENDER of a messuage, barn and other buildings, and various named closes of land in Oakenheadwood within the Forest of Rossendale to Mary Brandwood of Haslingden, Widow. At the Halmot Court of Henry Duke of Buccleuch. Vellum, size 20" x 24", signed by Steward, two blue paper tax stamps. 1806. £16.00
    Mentions Robert Kay, late of Bury, Shuttlemaker, and Richard Ramsbottom late of Quarlton, yeoman, both deceased.


  2. Bacon's MAP OF MANCHESTER Corrected to the Present Time. Divided into Half mile Squares and Circles. Size approx 12" x 18", single fold at centre, printed in 3 colours. Scale 5" to 1 mile. Small tear at centre, repaired on verso. c1885. £20.00
    With street index printed down sides.


  3. Blackburn CANTERBURY ARCHBISHOPRICK ESTATES Ten leases, The Ecclesiastical Commissioners to various tenants. 8 documents in manuscript on vellum, size 17" x 11", sewn at edge, approx. 5p. in each, folded, and 2 printed on vellum, smaller format. All having plans in ink with some colour in the text, scale 41.66 ft to an inch, size of plans approx. 8" x 8", some larger. On the verso of each lease is a record of assignments from the 1880's up until the 1950's. 10 items. 1883-1911. £30.00
    Refers to property in Cherry St., Temple St., Clive St., Queen's Road, Lambeth St., etc.


  4. Blackburn THE ELECTRIC LIGHTING ACT, 1882. Whereas the Town Council of the Borough... have applied to the Local Government Board for sanction to borrow money for purposes of Electrical Lighting... Notice is given that Arnold Taylor, Inspector appointed to hold the said Inquiry, will attend... at the Town Hall... Poster, the word 'Blackburn' in large heavy type-face, size 18" x 11". A few repaired edge tears... together with similar poster about prevention of burning of bricks, 1885. 8" repaired split at central fold. 2 items. 1894. £12.00

  5. Blackburn THE PUBLIC HEALTH ACT, 1875. Whereas the Town Council of the Borough... have applied to the Local Government Board for sanction to borrow money for purposes of Street Improvement... Notice is given that Col. C.H. Luard, Inspector appointed to hold the said Inquiry, will attend... at the Town Hall... Poster, the word 'Blackburn' in large heavy type-face, size 18" x 11". 1899. £10.00

  6. Clitheroe REPORT OF THE PROPOSED MUNICIPAL BOUNDARY AND DIVISION INTO WARDS OF THE BOROUGH. 2pp. with a folding Plan of the borough by R.K. Dawson, coloured in outline. Scale 4" to 1 mile. Folio, disbound, some off-setting on plan. 1837. £22.00

  7. Clitheroe REPORT ON THE BOROUGH OF CLITHEROE: with a Description of the Proposed Boundary. 3pp. with a folding Plan of the borough by R.K. Dawson, coloured in outline, scale 2" to 1 mile. Folio, disbound. 1832. £24.00

  8. Davies (B.R), drawn and engraved by MANCHESTER, SALFORD, AND THEIR ENVIRONS Engraved plan, size 16" x 21", plus margins, scale 1" = 200 yds. With Reference to the Public Buildings in bottom margin (60 in Manchester and 12 in Salford), Reference to Districts top left. Narrow decorative border. Main streets named. Folds, old repair on verso to tear reaching approx. 4" into map, two small repaired edge tears. Folds, paper browned along some folds, some off-setting, mainly in bottom margin. Fisher, Son & Co. London, 1833. £55.00
    Covers Cheetham, Whitworth Hall, Medlock Dam, Ordsall Hall, Pendleton, Charlestown. Shows existing and proposed railways, canals, parkland with trees.


  9. Emmott (Alfred), Liberal M.P. LETTER to Col. Montgomery, dated Spring Bank, Oldham, 17th Jan. '06. 1p., sm. 8vo, plus blank conjoint leaf. Thanks him for his congratulations and says he hopes 'we have killed the Chamberlain quackery'. 1906. £14.00
    Emmott was M.P. for Oldham, and Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons.


  10. Forest of Rossendale SURRENDER in the Court of the Manor of Accrington, of four cottages in Carr Terrace, in Hall Carr, late in the occupation of Alice Rushton, to Rev. Ezra Holliday. On vellum, size 23" x 27"... together with... SURRENDER of a plot of land at Oakley Rawtenstall, John Woodcock to Joseph Grimshaw. On vellum, size 23" x 27", engraved plan 5" x 5" in text, showing buildings, adjacent owners, roads. 2 items. 1898 and 1907. £14.00

  11. Goosnargh TRANSFER OF A MORTGAGE IN FEE of an estate at Goosnargh for £1500 interest, John LLoyd and William Turner of Warrington to James Worthington of Wigan. Vellum, size 27" x 37", 4 wax seals. 1768. £15.00
    Concerns a house and lands at Goosnargh of 70 acres, and land of 20 acres where a house called Cottam formerly stood.


  12. Grange, Hawes, Gargrave ORDNANCE SURVEY MAP Sheet 50 and adjoining sheets. Scale 1" to 1 mile. Size 30" x 37". Made up of smaller sheets, pasted together with border all round edge. With hachures. Mounted on linen, folding into small 4to marbled wraps. Inserted in green cloth slipcase with Philip's label. 1852. £40.00
    Shows Settle and Carlisle Railway.


  13. Ince Hall Moss Colliery WIGAN NINE FEET MINE. MANUSCRIPT PLAN Plan in ink and nine colours on stiff paper backed with linen Size 38" x 72", shows workings coloured according to date of working, buildings. Each part of the working dated with month and year in small neat ink lettering. The plan covers almost the whole of the paper. Note on lease bottom left. Some small horizontal creases in paper throughout, plan dusty, paper ragged along top and bottom edges, without affecting drawing. Plan titled on verso. Dates on workings 1871-1917. £55.00

  14. Ince in Makerfield PLAN OF BUILDING LAND in the Township of Ince in Makerfield belonging to Thomas Gidlow Esq. 1869. Shows Occupation Road, railway, New Hall, a square-shaped moat, 7 building plots with names of owners along Turnpike Road, with areas. In colour on paper backed with linen, size 37" x 32". Scale 30ft. to an inch. Title in different colours. Many small vertical creases in paper, with some tears in the paper (but not linen) along the creases in the bottom 12". Surface of paper very dusty. 1869. £34.00
    Thomas Gidlow is listed in the 1871 census as a land and colliery owner employing 600 people.


  15. Lancashire TWO ORDNANCE SURVEY MAPS Sheet 67 (Garstang, Ribchester), Sheet 59 (Lancaster, High Bentham). Each size 13" x 18", plus margins. 'Outline Series' stamp in right margin. 2 items. 1913. £25.00

  16. Lancaster PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS Market and King Streets, Lancaster; Harrison, Hall & Moore, Architects. Two coloured prints off colour-washed architectural drawings, on stiff paper, each 20" x 33", rolled. The first is at a scale of 8 feet to an inch. It shows plans of a building at the corner of King Street and Market Street, opposite the Kings Arms Hotel, with a restaurant and two shops on the ground floor, tea room, reading room and workrooms on the first floor, and bakehouse on top floor, with roof plan and cellar plan. The plans are very detailed and show tables in the restaurant, oven, ash bins etc. The second shows three elevations and two sections, at the same scale. Titles in rather decorative lettering. n.d. c1910 or slightly later? £55.00
    The Corporation Tramway is shown running down King Street.


  17. Liverpool BILL of D.A. Weaver, 135 Dale Street, Wholesale and Retail Grocer and Paper Dealer. Small bill with printed heading made out for 10 reams of 'Cap'. Stab hole. 1847. £5.00

  18. Liverpool BOUGHT OF WILLIAM BREWER Canal Coal Dealer, 14 Richmond Row. Small printed bill for coal, size 4" x 4", manuscript inserts. Receipted as paid. Stab hole in blank area, traces of fold. 1849. £5.00

  19. Liverpool DEMISE of Frances Denison's fourth share of houses in Liverpool under the will of Mary Worsley, and assignment of her share to Joseph Denison. 3p., sm. folio. Signed with small red paper seals. 1824. £16.00
    Does not indicate where the houses are.


  20. Liverpool GANLY, SONS & CO. Cattle, Sheep, Wool, Grain, Auction and General Agricultural Mart. Letter to John Nolan, on headed paper, telling him to send his cattle only if they are finished 'as thin cattle are selling very badly'. 1p., 8vo., on conjoint leaf is printed a page of services offered by Ganly. 1889. £6.00

  21. Liverpool OBLIGATION BOND of John Worsley, of Liverpool, Gardener, to William Setton of Liverpool, Merchant, for £400. 1p., sm. folio. Worsley's signature from the bottom of the page has been clipped out. 1774. £8.00

  22. Manchester and Salford ORDNANCE SURVEY MAP Sheet 104. Scale 6" to 1 mile. Size 24" x 27", dissected and mounted on linen, folding into small 4to marbled wraps with printed label. Water features, parks, main roads, railways and stations hand coloured. A railway has been added in red coming from the bottom left following the Bridgwater Canal, to Great Bridge Street, where a block of houses north to Windmill Street has been shaded in red, presumably a proposed railway and station. Published 1848. £95.00
    Extends from Rusholme to Harpurhey.


  23. Manchester INDEX TO THE FIVE FEET ENGRAVED SHEETS of The City of Manchester. Engraved at the Ordnance Survey, Southampton, Edward James, Superintendent. Map size 36" x 26", linen-backed, rolled. Water features hand-coloured. c1870. £125.00
    Scarce. The Five Feet town plans were produced by the Ordnance Survey for Lancashire and Yorkshire towns with a population of over 4,000 from 1844. The scale of this index is 6" to 1 mile.


  24. Manchester OBLIGATION BOND binding Richard Thornton of Manchester, Innkeeper, to Joseph Barker, Liquor Merchant, in the sum of £600. 1p., sm. folio, printed with ms inserts, papered seal. Blank conjoint leaf, folds. 1793. £18.00

  25. Manchester ORDNANCE SURVEY MAP Scale 5 feet to 1 statute mile. Sheet 29. Size 18" x 36", plus margins, dissected and mounted on linen, folding into small 4to marbled wraps. Title in ink on front wrap. Surveyed in 1849 by Capt. Tucker, R.E. Published 1851. £90.00
    Covers an area bounded by The Royal Hotel in the west, Warwick Street in the north, Grammar Street in the east, Shepley Street in the south. Includes many mills, foundries, wharfs, manufactories, public houses, chapels, hospitals etc., all individually named.


  26. Manchester ORDNANCE SURVEY MAP OF MANCHESTER and District. Coloured Edition. Sheet 36. Scale 1" to 1 mile. Linen-backed. Red and buff cover with coat of arms, Index map. 1913. £8.00

  27. Manchester PLAN OF PREMISES IN PETER ST. Manchester. Belonging to the Late Richard Green. Basic plan showing the property, in ink on cartridge paper size 17" x 24", title in red. Scale 8ft. per inch. Shows slaughterhouse, yard, house and shop, abutting onto Lad Lane. Verso of paper dusty... together with Representations on Title, Robert Green to The Corporation of Manchester. 3p., folio. With a small bundle of correspondence relating to the transaction. 1880's. £16.00

  28. Manchester PRICE LIST of Wire Nails. Rd. Johnson, Clapham & Morris. Single sheet, blue paper, 4to, printed with price list for different types of nails, with advert. on verso. Stab hole... together with... three typed letters, 1908-9, on the company's headed notepaper, with a fine view of the works, printed in green, at the head of each letter. Sent to a customer in Ironbridge. 1907. £10.00

  29. Mercer (John), Surveyor PLAN OF THE MOUNTAIN MINE at the Shaley Brow The Property of Sir John Gerard, Bart., and Working By Mr William Stock. John Mercer, Surveyor, St. Helens, 1847. Finely drawn manuscript plan in ink and 2 colours, on cartridge paper backed with linen, size 24" x 36" plus margins, rolled. Very fine large calligraphic title with each line in a different style of lettering, ornate floral compass rose, decorative scale bar (Scale 1" = 20 yds.). Shows workings in six different colours, roads, streams, buildings, shafts, etc. There is no key. Some light dusting overall, and minor short horizontal creases in paper at left edge. 1847. £95.00

  30. Mersey & Irwell Navigation PRINTED NOTICE of consignment of 2 bales of paper To the Proprietors of the Mersey & Irwell Navigation, Duke's Dock... per Flat 'Gregson'. With ms inserts for weight, description. 1853. £12.00

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  31. Parbold PLAN OF PARBOLD QUARRY as Worked by Mr. William Winnard out of Land Belonging the Hon. R.J. Gerard-Dicconson. Manuscript plan in ink and colours on thick paper backed with linen, rolled. Scale bar, decorative title. Reference Table with key showing colours for different dates of workings from 1906 - 1918. Size 21" x 38" plus margins, scale 20 yards to an inch. Some minor creasing, surface slightly dusty. 1906-18. £40.00

  32. Ribbleton, Grimsargh Preston VALUABLE DWELLING-HOUSES AND BUILDING LAND At RIBBLETON AND GRIMSARGH. A Dwelling-House in Maudland Bank and A Dwelling-House and Shop in Lune Street, PRESTON. To be Offered for Sale by Auction by Messrs. Jabez B. Jones & Sons at their Salerooms, 131 Church Street, Preston on Thursday, 17th day of November, 1921. Large coloured folding plan, 4pp, original printed wraps slightly dusty. W. Brown, Printer, Preston: 1921. £18.00

  33. Rochdale Canal ANNUAL STOPPAGE FOR REPAIRS Traffic Will be Suspended During Whit-Week, as Under... Poster, size 15" x 17", printed in large letters... together with... ROCHDALE CANAL... Special Working Regulations will come into operation... Narrow boats to work in pairs... All boats to be worked through the Locks... Poster in large letters, size 17" x 22", repair at bottom right where corner torn across. 2 items. 26 May 1919 and 27th October 1911. £25.00

  34. Rochdale TO BE LET By Ticket, for a Term of Eleven Years, At the House of Mrs. Marriott, The Roe Buck Inn, in Rochdale, on Monday the 14th Day of March, 1808... Handbill listing four lots of land, with description, size 12" x 7", traces of folds. Hartley, Printer, Rochdale, 1808. £40.00
    The Closes of land included Great Meadow, Barn Meadow with the Barn, Clover field adjoining to Blackwater-street. The occupier of the first three lots was Mrs. Marriott.


  35. Salford ASSIGNMENT by way of Mortgage of a plot of land, bordered on one side by the River Irwell, and a cotton mill with the steam engines, machinery etc., George Ashworth of Ashton under Lyne, Spinner and Manufacturer to Edwin and Thomas Mellor, spinners and manufacturers. 2 vellum sheets, size 23" x 29", wax seal. 1856. £14.00

  36. Salford PLAN OF SHUTTLE MINE Agecroft Colliery. 1889. Manuscript plan, scale 1" = 5 chains, on thick paper backed with linen, size 22" x 21". In ink and colours. Shows River Trent, canal, roads, railway, Agecroft Print Works, and underground workings shaded in five different colours. 1889. £35.00
    Agecroft Colliery was re-opened briefly in the 1950's.


  37. Seacombe PROSPECTUS for a Smelting and Lead Company, at the Seacombe Works, Liverpool. Capital £20,000 in 200 Shares of £100 each. 2pp., folio, blank conjoint leaf. Top corners worn, a few small edge tears repaired with document tape, traces of folds. c1850. £38.00
    The works contain 'three furnaces saturated with lead, four refineries for separating the silver... the machinery consists of a crushing mill, a complete apparatus for drawing lead pipes... a rolling mill... steam engine of 30 horses power...' Emphasises savings to be made by bringing the ores by sea, mentioning ores from Scotland, Cumberland, South Wales, Cornwall and Devon.


  38. St. Helen's TWO LETTERS from Bickford, Smith and Co. Ltd., St. Helen's Junction Manufactory, to a Mr. Beddoes at Ironbridge, Shropshire regarding an order for the Highley Mining Co. for coils of white single tape fuse, and promising him a box of cigars. Together with letter to Beddoes from Pilington Bros., Glass Works, St. Helens. All three typewritten, on headed paper, 4to. Stab holes in margin where once filed. Jan. and March, 1909. £9.00

  39. Strangeways Hall Colliery PEMBERTON TWO FEET MINE Late John Leyland. Manuscript plan on waxed cotton, size 13" x 27", in ink and some colour. Scale 6" = 170 yards. Folds. no date. 1926 or slightly later. £12.00
    Fairly basic plan. Shows workings 1925-6 in different colours.


  40. Temple Lodge Estate TRENCHERBONE MINE Manuscript plan in ink and colours, size 24" X 39", scale 10" = 200yds. 1899-1901. £12.00
    The workings shown cover quite a small area.


  41. Tyldesley GAS WORKS Two manuscript plans in ink on waxed cotton. One titled 'Tyldesley U.D.C. Levels of Gas Works & District', size 35" x 23", with plan of gas works showing railway, engine house, retort house, purifying house etc., and table of point nos., the other size 20" x 27" showing 'Mine Workings under Sewers' in sections. n.d. c1950? £14.00

  42. Wigan election MINUTES OF THE EVIDENCE Taken before the Select Committee on the Wigan Election Petition; With the Proceedings of the Committee. 70pp., small folio, disbound. Docket title on last leaf. Ordered by The House of Commons, to be Printed 27 April 1846. £20.00
    Verbatim report of the proceedings, with, for example, questioning of landlords who allegedly supplied drink, breakfasts, etc. to potential voters on the morning of the election.


  43. Wigan PEMBERTON FIVE FEET MINE Ince Hall Moss Colliery. John Walmesley, Esq., Lessor. Manuscript plan in ink and wash colour on waxed cotton, size 28" x 38", scale 3 chains to an inch. Together with a basic 1936 plan of workings in Ince 4 Feet Mine, Mains Colliery. 2 items. c1900 and 1934. £30.00
    The earlier plan indicates pillar of coal left ungotten, coal gotten, closed workings, dates coal was worked up to the pillar permanently left marked in red ink (1870-1882.). Shows railways, pits with numbers, inclination, etc.


  44. Wigan RAVINE MINE Three manuscript plans of workings in Ravine Mine, Eckersley Estate, on waxed cotton, average size 15" x 20", scales 30-50 yds. per inch, with correspondence re. lease, 1917, attached, referring to plans. 1917. £20.00

  45. Wigan REPORT OF THE PROPOSED MUNICIPAL BOUNDARY OF THE BOROUGH 5pp. with 2 hand coloured plans, on one sheet by R.K. Dawson, scale 4" to 1 mile and 1" to 1 mile. Folio, disbound. 1837. £24.00

  46. Worsley POSTCARD Under Ground Canal, Worsley. Coloured card, titled as above in white. Grosvenor Series, Manchester. £4.00

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