xii + 195pp. Folio. Recent cloth binding. British Parliamentary Paper HC370. Eleven folding plans. The committee considered a range of options including widening bridges, subways & tunnels under the Thames, & additional bridges to meet the congestion of Londons rapidly increasing traffic. The committee proposed removing tolls from London Bridge & Westminster Bridge and then examining the effect on congerstion before considering the construction of further bridges. Includes plan for creation of "Metroplitan super-way" interconnecting main rail stations. The report contains proposals for construction of a "Metropolitan Super-way", raised railway routes interconnecting major rail stations. Includes plan & amazing Panorama of St Pauls & city with the boxed-in raised railway rising over buildings in the foreground. N° de ref. de la librería
Título: REPORT FROM THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON ...
Editorial: House of Commons
Año de publicación: 1854
Descripción 1854, sessional number 370. xii and 195 pp. Minute of Appointment, Report, Proceedings of the Committee, List of Witnesses, Minutes of Evidence, Appendix and Index. Committee appointed March 1854 ‘to inquire into the State and Condition of the Bridges over the Thames, in the Metropolis, to report whether they are adequate to the present vastly increasing Traffic; whether it be desirable to construct one or more Bridges over the River; and, if so, at what Point or Points; whether it would be desirable to provide, out of Local Funds, the Means of throwing Open to the Public the present Toll-paying Bridges; and, if so, upon what Terms such Bridges could be thrown Open; and to extend their Inquiry to the Area subject to the Coal Tax ’. The Chairman was Benjamin Oliveira. Evidence given by 50 witnesses including Samuel Laing, M.P., Chairman of the London and Brighton Railway Company [1812-1897, see D.N.B.], Ferdinand Brand, Comptroller of the Bridge-house estates, Francis Bennoch, proposer of plan for a bridge across Thames from St Paul’s, James Walker, civil engineer, John Robinson McClean, civil engineer, Samuel Bateson, engineer and architect, Thomas Page, civil engineer employed by Board of Works [1803-1877, see D.N.B.], Robert Few, Chairman of Charing Cross Bridge Company, Alderman [David] Salomons, citizen of London [1797-1873, barrister, businessman, Jew and member of the Coopers’ Company, see D.N.B.], Price Prichard Baly, acting engineer to Charing Cross Bridge Company, Isambard Kingdom Brunel [1806-1859, civil engineer, see D.N.B.] (pp. 65-70), John Plews, civil engineer, George Powell, Chief Clerk of Waterloo Bridge, George Rennie [1791-1866, civil engineer, see D.N.B.] (evidence re Southwark Bridge, p. 82), Joshua Walker, a Director of Southwark Bridge, James Leith, Secretary to Southwark Bridge Company, William Tite [1798-1873, architect, see D.N.B.], John Williams, a director of Vauxhall Bridge, Frederick Gould, Mayor of [Borough] of Kingston[-upon-Thames], Major Charles Lestock Boileau, Chairman of Hammersmith Bridge Company, Frederick Halsey Janson, Solicitor to Battersea Bridge. Appendix contains, inter alia, 11 architects’ and engineer’s drawings, plans, etc., including (i) large folding drawing by J. Pym ‘Metropolitan Super-way. Line from Blackwall Station, Fenchurch Street, to Charing Cross, as seen from the Surrey Side of River Thames’, (ii) large folding ‘Metropolitan Super-highway, detailed elevation’, (iii) large folding ‘Metropolitan Super-way. View of Line crossing the Thames from South Eastern Railway Station, to Blackwall, & Eastern Counties Railway Station, below London Bridge’, (iv) large folding ‘Plan of Metropolitan Super-way’, (v) large folding ‘Charing Cross Bridge, general Plan & Section of Bridge shewing the proposed Approaches’, (vi) large folding sections of ‘Charing Cross Bridge. Drawing of Flooring’, (vii) ‘Charing Cross Bridge. Drawing [plans and sections] of Cutwater to Piers as now constructed’. Chief topics and places investigated and reported upon include Battersea Bridge, Blackfriars Bridge, Charing Cross, Charing Cross Bridge, coal duty, Hammersmith Bridge, Hampton Court Bridge, Kew Bridge, Kingston Brdige, London Bridge, Putney Bridge, railways, railway companies, Richmond Bridge, proposed St Paul’s Bridge, Southwark Bridge, Staines Bridge, taxation, Thames Tunnel, tolls, proposed Tower Bridge, traffic, Vauxhall Bridge, Waterloo Bridge, Waterloo Bridge Company, etc. Folio. Good condition. Rebound in blue buckram boards with gold titling. Nº de ref. de la librería 18367
Descripción Estado de conservación: very good. London, ordered to be printed 1854. Foolscap modern cloth backed boards, printed label; xii,xii,195pp and 11 plans, views and elevations (10 folding). London struggling with a population doubled in forty years, the railway boom and a goldrush of schemes and proposals by do-gooders, busybodies and chancers made for committee after committee looking at any number of plans, some dull some fabulous. The dull stuff, like tolls, is easy to recognise and skip. The main contender here is pretty damn good: John Pym's Super-Way, an elevated tube that looks something like the Britannia Tubular Bridge and spanned London high above the buildings. Brunel was called in for advice on opening his still unfinished Thames Tunnel for heavy traffic and titans like Rennie were asked to report on the condition and capability of existing bridges for heavy traffic. Nº de ref. de la librería 10145