MANCHESTER, SHEFFIELD, AND LINCOLNSHIRE RAILWAY, a railway in Lancashire, Derbyshire, Yorkshire, and Lincolnshire; from Manchester east-by-northward to Great Grimsby, with branches in several directions. A chief portion of it, originally the Sheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne, and Manchester, was authorized in 1837, and opened in 1845; goes by Mottram, Glossop, and Penistone, to Sheffield; is 41¼ miles long; has 7 tunnels of aggregately 6,245 yards in length, and 104 bridges; and traverses some of the finest mountain scenery in the N of England. The entire system was constituted in 1846-7, by the amalgamation of the Sheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne, and Manchester, the Great Grimsby and Sheffield Junction, the Sheffield and Lincolnshire, the Sheffield and Lincolnshire Extension, the Manchester and Lincoln Union, and the Great Grimsby Dock; had in 1867, inclusive of the South Yorkshire, a total aggregate length of 242¼ miles; includes, in its property, the Grimsby new dock of 47¾ acres, with 7,200 feet of quayage; includes also in its property, by right of purchase, the Chesterfield and Gainsborough canal; includes further, by right of perpetual lease, the Peak Forest, the Macclesfield, and the Ashton and Oldham canals; comprises, under lease of 999 years, the South Yorkshire railway; and has connoxious with the West Riding and Grimsby, the Great Northern, the Manchester, South Junction, and Altrincham, the Oldham, Ashton, and Guide-Bridge, the Marple, New Mills, and Hayfield Junction, the Cheshire Midland, the Garston and Liverpool, the Stockport, Timperley, and Altrincham Junction, the Stockport and Woodley Junction, and the West Cheshire, and the Liverpool Central Station. The company was authorized in July 1865 to construct a line, 32½ miles long, from the South Junction in Manchester to the Garston in Liverpool, on a capital of £750,000 in shares, and £250,000 in loans.

(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

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Feature Description: "a railway"   (ADL Feature Type: "railroad features")
Administrative units: Derbyshire AncC       Lancashire AncC       Lincolnshire AncC
Place: Manchester

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