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National Library of Wales
London, Midland and Scottish Railway Company, registers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 LONISH

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: London, Midland and Scottish Railway Company Registers

Short Title: London, Midland and Scottish Railway Company, registers

Creation date(s): 1844-1890

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.315 cubic metres (42 volumes)

Name of creator(s): London, Midland and Scottish Railway Company


Administrative/Biographical history: Following the First World War, many of Britain's numerous railway companies faced bankruptcy. Consequently, during the 1923 "grouping", four large companies were formed of which the London, Midland & Scottish Railway Co. was the largest. The LMS was an amalgamation of the London & North Western Railway (including the Lancashire & Yorkshire, with which it had already made a preliminary amalgamation) and Midland Railways in England; the Caledonian, Glasgow & South Western, and Highland railways in Scotland; and two further companies in Ireland. The LMS was nationalised to become part of British Rail in 1948.


Scope and content/abstract: Registers of shareholders, bonds, mortgages, and debentures of proprietors of railway companies in Wales and the Borders which became incorporated in the LMS Railway Co., comprising the following: Bangor and Caernarvon Railway, 1854-1866; Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway, 1868-1869; Carnarvon & Llanberis Railway, 1864-1871; Carnarvonshire Railway, 1863-1871; Central Wales Railway and Central Wales Extension Railway, 1862-1887; Chester and Holyhead Railway, 1844-1857; Conway and Llanrwst, and Merthyr, Tredegar, and Abergavenny Railways, 1866-1869; Denbigh, Ruthin, and Corwen Railway, 1861-1890; Hereford, Hay, and Brecon Railway, 1864-1871; Knighton Railway, 1860-1869; Merthyr, Tredegar, and Abergavenny Railway, 1861-1866; Mold Railway, 1849-1852; Shrewsbury and Welshpool Railway, 1860-1867; Shropshire Union Railway and Canal Company, 1848-1852; Sirhowy Railway, 1860-1880; Swansea Vale Railway, 1852-1880; Vale of Clwyd Railway, 1859-1868; and Vale of Towy Railway, 1853-1885.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged alphabetically by railway company.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed on-line.

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at the National Library of Wales have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history: Many of the holdings detailed in this archive were purchased by the London and North Western Railway Co., prior to its amalgamation into the London, Scottish and Midland Railway Co.

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway Company (LMS), Watford, Herts., February 1946.


Related material: Further papers of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway Co. are held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland; Bolton Archive and Local Studies Service; Hull City Archives; Chesterfield Library; The National Archives; Cheshire and Chester Archives and Local Studies; the National Archives of Scotland; Dundee University Archive, Records Management and Museum Services; Salford City Archive Service; Cumbria Record Office, Kendal; Cumbria Record Office, Carlisle Headquarters; Cumbria Record Office and Local Studies Library, Barrow; Flintshire Record Office; the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies; the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland; Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies; Wigan Archives Service; National Railway Museum Research Centre; Derbyshire Record Office, Warwickshire County Record Office; and Shropshire Archives.


Note: Title compiled from content of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW Project. The following sources were used for the preparation of the description: NLW Schedule of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway Company Registers; London, Midland and Scottish Railway website (, viewed 08 April 2003; the National Register of Archives (, viewed 30/11/05.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2 and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: April 2003

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Personal names

Corporate names
Bangor and Caernarvon Railway Company
Brynmawr and Blaenavon Railway Company
Carnarvon and Llanberis Railway Company
Carnarvonshire Railway
Central Wales Extension Railway
Central Wales Railway
Chester and Holyhead Railway
Conway & Llanrwst Railway
Denbigh, Ruthin & Corwen Railway Company
Hereford, Hay and Brecon Railway
Knighton Railway Company
London, Midland and Scottish Railway Company
Merthyr, Tredegar & Abergavenny Railway
Mold Railway Company
Shrewsbury and Welshpool Railway
Shropshire Union Railway
Sirhowy Railway
Swansea Vale Railway
Vale of Clwyd Railway
Vale of Towy Railway Company


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