Maintaining the Trust: the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board, 1858-1972

By Adrian Jarvis, published November 2008


Considers the Board’s policies on the use of trading surpluses, which emanated from the Board seeing themselves as trustees with a duty to pass to their successors a port in a better state than they received it. Includes the Board’s actions and attitudes to local developments and Acts of Parliament. Covers opposition to paying Poor Law Rates; developments threatening tidal volume of the Mersey Estuary; possible inputs of more raw sewage; threats to Board land; any new financial obligations and attitudes to construction of Mersey Tunnel. Covers impact of high interest rates and changing shipping needs in later twentieth century and attitudes of customers.

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Filed under: Irish Sea | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards

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