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Great Western Railway: 1833 Committees

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1833 Announcement [1]

GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY, between BRISTOL and LONDON. Capital, £3,000,000, in Shares of £100 each. Deposit £5 per Share. Under the Management of a Board of Directors, consisting of the -


  • John Bettington, Esq.
  • Robert Hopkins, jun., Esq.
  • Henry Cayley, Esq.
  • Edw. Wheler Mills, Esq.
  • Ralph Fenwick, Esq.
  • Benjamin Shaw , Esq.
  • George Henry Gibbs, Esq.
  • Henry Simonds, Esq.
  • Robert Fred. Cower. Esq.
  • William Unwin Sims, Esq.
  • Riversdale W. Grenfell, Esq.
  • George Wildes, Esq.


  • Robert Bright, Esq.
  • Wm. Singer Jacques, Esq.
  • John Cave, Esq.
  • George Jones Esq.
  • Chas. Bowles Fripp, Esq.
  • James Lean, Esq.
  • George Gibbs, Esq.
  • Peter Maze, Esq.
  • Thos. Rich. Guppy, Esq.
  • Nicholas Roch, Esq.
  • John Harford, Esq
  • John Vining Esq.
  • W. TOTHILL, Esq., Secretary, Railway Office, Bristol.

BANKERS. London— Messrs. Glynn, Hallifax, Mills, and Co. Messrs. Miles, Harford, and Co. Bristol— Messrs. Elton, Baillie. Ames, and Co. Messrs. Stuckey and Co.

SOLICITORS. London— Messrs. Swain, Stevens, and Co. Bristol— Messrs. Osbornes and Ward.

Application will be made to parliament in the next session for an act of incorporation. The surveys have been taken, and estimates prepared under authority of a committee, deputed by the municipal corporal on and other public bodies of Bristol, in January last, to make the preliminary arrangements.

The directors are encouraged in this great national undertaking by the support of the landowners and occupiers, whose property will thereby become closely and advantageously connected with the metropolis, as well as with the remote western districts of England. Whilst the southern counties of Ireland and Wales must participate in the benefit to be derived from this rapid and cheap mode of communication with Bristol, they will largely contribute to the success and permanent revenue of the company.

Subscribers will not be answerable beyond the amount of their respective shares. Applications for shares to be addressed to the Secretary in London or Bristol, from whom the Prospectus, with a Lithographic Map, may be obtained.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. London Standard - Wednesday 04 September 1833