Ceremonial spade, West Lancashire Railway, 1873.

Hills, Jennie

 
Ceremonial spade, West Lancashire Railway, 1873.
4 0 c m
 
31cm
actual image size: 23cm x 32cm

Description

Engraved silver spade commemorating cutting the first sod of the West Lancashire Railway which was to run between Southport and Preston. The first sod was turned by Samuel Swire, mayor of Southport, on 19 April 1873. The contractors were Messrs Edwin Clark, Pritchard & Co.

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