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Ceremonial spade, West Lancashire Railway, 1873.

Hills, Jennie

Ceremonial spade, West Lancashire Railway, 1873.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 22cm x 32cm


Engraved silver spade with wooden handle and ornate silver decoration 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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