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Community History

Community History

The Community History theme documents the lives of people around the centres of transport activity as networks and industry developed. The links below to tell you more about their lives.

The Royal Barge

The Earl of Ellesmere had a barge specially constructed for Queen Victoria's visit in 1851. Here are four pictures:

Plate from the Illustrated London News. The Royal Barge moored at Worsley:
Plate from the "Illustrated London News". The Royal Barge moored at Worsley:
Landing stage built to receive the Queen. The Royal Barge in the boathouse at Worsley.
Landing stage built to receive the Queen. The Royal Barge in the boathouse at Worsley.

Ten Community Keywords

Pick a keyword from the list below and search:

School Church
Meeting Party
Police Family
Council Mayor
Society Club

Four towns on the Great Central

The Great Central route passed from central London to the north of Nottinghamshire. Here are a few of the towns it passed through:

Carrington, Nottingham.
Carrington, Nottingham.

High Wycombe, Bucks.
High Wycombe, Bucks.

Marylebone, London
Marylebone, London.

Loughborough, Leics
Loughborough, Leics.

The town of Filton

For nearly 100 years, the aircraft industry has strong connections with the town of Filton. Here are four pictures from around the town:

The Plough, Filton
The Plough, Filton
The Cabot Cinema foyer
The Cabot Cinema foyer
Filton Church
Filton Church
The Sports Pavillion
The Sports Pavillion

Dealing With Danger

A one-armed navvy

Navvies building the Manchester Ship Canal often found themselves in all sorts of precarious situations. Whether it was being dragged down a rickety "barrow run", caught in a pounding "steam navvy" or blown up with dynamite; there were hundreds of ways they could be injured or even killed.

This page about the construction of the canal shows just how dangerous it was, and how the contractor responsible for their safety coped, both before and after accidents occurred.

Unsung departments of the Filton Works

The engineers at Filton would never have become famous without the efforts of supporting staff. Here are four pictures from lesser known departments:

The Commercial Spares Department The Records Department
The Commercial Spares Department. The Records Department.
The Printing Department. Comptometer Section costing office.
The Printing Department. Comptometer Section costing office.

Four Great Central stations

The station is the place where the railway and the local community meet. Here are four lesser-known GCR stations:

Quainton Road Station
Quainton Road Station
Woodford and Hinton Station
Woodford and Hinton Station
Lutterworth Station
Lutterworth Station
Northolt Halt Station
Northolt Halt Station