Broadside opposing the Northern & Eastern Railway


This broadside issued in 1836 by the Eastern Counties Railway (ECR) was part of an on-going and impassioned debate over the dominion of a train line from London to Great Yarmouth, one of Britain’s principal fisheries. It was published in response to a bill released by their rivals, the Northern & Eastern Railway (N&ER) (see N.Tab.2012/6(3)). In it the ECR firmly reject claims made by the N&ER that their track would cut off Great Yarmouth’s fisheries from important markets in the north and west of England (the N&ER intended to connect London to York via Lincoln and Peterborough). The ECR also reject the argument that their line from Colchester to Ipswich would undermine Yarmouth’s trade with London. The broadside concludes with an invitation to see ECR’s plans and sections in person at the office of ‘Messrs Sayers and Woods’ in Great Yarmouth.

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: Inhabitants of Yarmouth, be not deluded by the specious statements contained in the handbill circulated under the title of Caution. No rivalry to your fisheries can possibly be established by means of the Eastern Counties Railway . . . A railway communication with the great manufacturing towns of the western and northern districts, would no doubt be of great advantage to Yarmouth, but it is erroneous to say that the establishment of such a communication would be prevented by the formation of the Eastern Counties Railway. The way from Norwich to Cambridge, or any other point of the Northern and Eastern Railway, would still be left quite open . . . The Eastern Counties Railway so far from standing in the way of a similar communication with the great manufacturing towns of the northern and western districts, would facilitate it most materially . . . Yarmouth, 22nd of March, 1836. N.B.-Plans and sections of the Eastern Counties Railway, may be seen at Messrs. Sayers and Woods office, and at the house of the clerk in every parish on the line, between Yarmouth and Norwich
1836, Great Yarmouth
John Barnes
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N.Tab.2012/6(3) (140)

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