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This extract transcribed from the 1969 version produced online by Jim Shead, is from original 1831 book fully titled Historical Account of the Navigable Rivers, Canals, and Railways, of Great Britain by Joseph Priestley.   It did reference a map by John Walker, explaining an influential industrial tramway crossing our Sutton Parish borders.   Connecting this areas supportive Manor town at Mansfield with nearby Pinxton wharf, this important railway appears later offering steam powered coal haulage, with a branched connection from Huthwaites older Hucknall pit. Eventually track modifications made between Kirkby Summit and Mansfield introduced local passenger locomotive services, with nearest accessibility first provided from Sutton-in-Ashfield stations.

57 George III. Cap. 37, Royal Assent 16th June, 1817

THE Mansfield and Pinxton Railway, commencing in the town of Mansfield, proceeds from thence in a westerly direction, leaving Skegby Hall, Unwins Hall and Brook House on the north, to Pinxton Basin near to Pinxton Mills, and not far from Alfreton in the county of Derby, where it communicates with a branch of the Cromford Canal; about a mile and a half from this point a branch passes easterly towards Codnor Park Works, which it passes, and communicates again with the Cromford Canal at a short distance from those works, at 278 feet above the level of the sea.

The act for this undertaking was passed in 1817, as 'An Act for making and maintaining a Railway or Tramroad from Bull's Head Lane, in the parish of Mansfield, in the county of Nottingham, to communicate with the Cromford Canal, at Pinxton Basin, in the parish of Pinxton, in the county of Derby.' By it the proprietors, who are styled The Mansfield and Pinxton Railway Company, are empowered to make the road and to alter, repair, and manufacture materials for the same; for doing which they are to raise the sum of £22,800, in shares of £100 each; and in case that should not prove sufficient for completing the same, they may raise an additional fund of £10,000 amongst themselves, or by creating new shares, or by mortgage of the work and tolls. The following are to be demanded as

TONNAGE RATES     = Charges at per Ton per Mile.s.d.
For all Stone for repairing Roads and for all Manure0s 2d
For all Stone, Cinders, Chalk, Marl, Sand, Lime, Clay, Ashes, Peat, Lime-stone, Iron-stone and other Materials, Building-stone, Pitching and Paving-stone, Bricks, Tiles, Slates, Timber, Lead in Pigs or Sheets, Bar-iron, Waggon-tire, all Gross and Unmanufactured Articles and Building Materials0s 3d
For all Coal, Coke and Slack carried into the parish of Mansfield along any Part of the Railroad0s 2d
For ditto in that Direction but not into that Parish0s 3d
For ditto towards or to the Cromford Canal at Pinxton Basin0s 3d
For all other Goods, Wares and Merchandize0s 6d
Fractions of a Ton and of a Mile to pay as the Quarters therein, and of a Quarter as a Quarter.
Carriage of Parcels, not exceeding Five Hundred Weight, to be fixed by the Proprietors.

Owners of land on the line, and lords of manors are to erect wharfs, on their own lands, if required by the company; and in case of refusal the company may do so.   The company is also directed by the act to build sufficient wharfs, warehouses and landing places at Pinxton, for the reception of goods; and for the expenses so incurred they are to demand as

For all Packages not exceeding Fifty-six Pounds in Weight1d each
For ditto Five Hundred Weight2d each
For all above the last quoted Weight6d per Ton

Private individuals building wharfs and warehouses are authorized to claim the following as wharfage rates,

For all Coals, Culm, Lime-stone, Clay. Iron, Iron-stone, Lead-ore or other Ores, Timber, Stone, Bricks, Tiles, Slates and Gravel1d per Ton
For all other Goods and Merchandises2d per Ton
For all above the last quoted Weight6d per Ton
If the said Goods shall remain above Twenty-one Days, then One Penny per Ton additional is to be paid for the succeeding Ten Days, and a further Sum of One Penny per Ton per Day for every Day afterwards.

The railway is double; the length, eight miles, two furlongs and four chains.   At the commencement in Mansfield it is 101 feet 8 inches above the level of the Cromford Canal at Pinxton Basin; from Mansfield to the summit level there is a rise of 88 feet 10 inches; from the summit to the Pinxton Basin, a distance of four miles and nine hundred and twenty yards, there is a fall of 80 feet 10 inches; the railway at its termination there, being 8 feet above the level of the canal.   This work cannot fail of being useful, passing as it does through a county abounding with minerals, and where no other line of conveyance exists.

Written 09 Aug 04 Revised 19 Mar 09 © by Gary Elliott