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John Urpeth Rastrick
Bolton and Preston Railway


The Act of Parliament for the railway was passed on July 15, 1837. However the line did not open until June 22, 1843, after problems in building a cutting and tunnel near Chorley.

The line ran from Euxton, south of Preston and then along lines owned by the North Union Railway (incorporated 1834) into Preston. The North Union imposed tolls on the Bolton and Preston Railway, and, for a time, the Bolton and Preston passengers travelled the 5½ miles from Euxton Junction to Preston by road. The North Union took control of the Bolton and Preston line on January 1, 1844, and an Act of Parliament amalgamated the two companies on May 10, 1844.

The North Union was divided between the Grand Junction and the Manchester and Leeds Railways in 1846, and became part of the London and North Western Railway and Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway in 1888.

Engineer - John Urpeth Rastrick

Resident Engineer: Alexander James Adie

Chairman: Thomas Ridgway, 1838; John Hargreaves, 1841.

Provisional Committee, 1837

Thomas Ridgway, Horwich
John Hargreaves, Hart Common, Westhoughton
John Wilkinson, Chorley
Benjamin Hick, Bolton
John Hargreaves the younger, Bolton
Edward Bolling, Bolton
Robert Barlow, Bolton
John Lord, Ince Hall, Ince-in-Makerfield

Committee, 1841

Chairman - John Hargreaves
Deputy Chairman - B. Hick

John Hargreaves, Esq.
Benjamin Hick, Esq.
C. Briggs, Esq.
R. S. Barlow, Esq.
John Cross, Esq.

Engineer - J. U. Rastrick, Esq.
Resident Engineer - A. J. Adie, Esq.
Secretary - Peter Sinclair, Esq,
Solicitors - Woodhouse and Holden, Bolton.


Alexander James Adie (1808-79) was also manager of the Ballochney and Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway and Slamamman Railway and Glasgow and Edinburgh Railway.
His father, Alexander James Adie (1775-1859) was the inventor of a mercury-free barometer which Robert Fitzroy took on the Beagle - along with Charles Darwin.
Address in 1847: Miller Street, Glasgow.

Robert Sharp Barlow. Banker
Snow Hill, Darcy Lever, Bolton.

Edward Bolling. Cotton spinner. William and Edward Bolling, Howell croft.

John Hargreaves (1780-1860). Carrier.
Hart Common, Westhoughton.

John Hargreaves, junior (1800-1874). Carrier.

Benjamin Hick (1790-1842). Iron founder. Rothwell, Hick and Rothwell, Union Foundry.
Bolton. 1829: Black Horse st.

John Lord (1796-1863). Attorney. Mayor of Wigan seven times, 1831-1848.
Chairman of Liverpool and Bolton Direct Railway (1845), Director of Liverpool and Leeds Direct Railway (1845), Keighley, Halifax and Huddersfield Railway (1845), Blackburn, Chorley and Liverpool Railway (1845), Midland Grand Junction (provisional committee, 1845, Staffordshire Potteries Railway (1845), Liverpool and Manchester Direct (1845), Lancashire, Cheshire and Stafford Junction Railway (1845).
1841, Ince Hall, Ince-in-Makerfield, Wigan. 1854, Standish Hall, Lancashire. 1863, Elmley Park, Worcestershire (rented from Lady Pakington).

Thomas Ridgway, Ridgway & Sons, bleachers, Wallsuches, Horwich, Bolton.

John Wilkinson. Gentleman.


Chorley Flying Arches


Greville, M. D. and Holt, G. O., "Railway Development in Preston-l" [pdf], The Railway Magazine, February, 1960.

The Guardian, November 17, 1838. Call for tenders for contracts. Drafts of the contract etc. available "at the Company's Office, Bolton-le-Moors [...] and at the office of John U. Rastrick, Esq. civil engineer, 454, Charing Cross East, London."

Lancashire Record Office: DDX 1437/1, 10 April, 1837: "provisional committee of the Directors of the proposed Bolton and Preston Railway".

Marshall, John, The Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway, Volume One, Newton Abbot, David & Charles, 1969.

Marshall, John, A Biographical Dictionary of Railway Engineers, Newton Abbot, David & Charles, 1978.

Parliamentary Papers: Accounts and Papers, Vol 10, Railway Subscriptions Contracts, Session: 13 January - 17 July, 1837.

Pigot & Co.'s Directory of Ches, Cumb ..., 1828-29

Pigot & Co.'s Directory of Yorks, Leics ... , 1841.

Post Office Railway Directory for 1847.

Robinson's Railway Directory containing the Names of the Directors of all the Principal Railways in Great Britain, 1841.

Stockey, Badsey, Worcestershire [John Lord]

The Times, Monday, July 17, 1837 - Royal assent to several bills, including the Bolton and Preston Railway.

Wigan: List of Mayors and Bailiffs, Mayors of Wigan from 1836 [John Lord]


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