Commerical Docks. Specification for Lock Gates, Bridges, &c.
Unique contract and plates, all signed by John Butler and J Pitts. Marble board folio (652 x 430mm), with title slip: "South Dock Contract Drawings. P.L.A. Drawing Officer (1925) DRG. No. 5700428". Plates: 11 extractable large-sized folio sheets (634 x 987mm). Stamped onto the first page of the contract are numerous "Two Shillings Six Pence" stamps with the Royal Emblem of Queen Victoria. Contract 4to (333 x 212mm) in wrapper attached to the inside cover of the folio. Various sections signed by J. Pitts and John Butler, including an illegible signature of a Witness (possibly Italian). Boards scuffed and binding slightly torn. Pages of contract - some holes in places. Some plates missing.
CONTRACT: An agreement made the Twenty Seventh day of March One Thousand eight hundred and fifty four between John Butler and Joseph Pitts of Stanningley near Leeds in the County of York hereinafter called The Contractors of the one part and The Commercial Dock Company of the other part. [The amount to be paid by the Company will be] Twelve thousand three hundred pounds. [The Contract entails that the Contractors] construct and erect and fix four pairs of lock gates. Two pairs – Thames into East Country Dock at Rotherhithe and two pairs in and for the Communication Lock between the said Dock and the Company’s Dock No.1. [Similarly] to construct and erect and fix one barrier bridge across Communication Lock and one foot bridge across the Entrance Lock and eight capstans on the pier heads. [An extra charge or similar] of one thousand and fifteen pounds will be added to make and construct Sluices. The Contractors are responsible for formation and full completion by the deadline, to completely furnish and to make and to execute all additional works required. Gate: to be framed on Company premises at the South side of the New Plough Road. Contractors can unload Messrs. Langton & Sons timber and their barges at the head of dock No.1 – and have use of the Company’s rail with no extra charge but must provide their own labour and machinery. Any extra work must be presented to the Resident Engineer and on Tuesdays a bill must be delivered – or work shall be considered as abandonment, exonerating the Company from liability; all-in-all the Engineers make the final decision. The Contractors have engaged with the Company to have the Works of two lock entrances ready for fixing the gates and bridges within twenty four calendar months from the sixteenth August one thousand eight hundred and fifty two, admitting shipping into the Dock within thirty calendar months – and the Contractors and Contract are to be bound under the terms of this Contract to the same dates of completion. Heights and Depths are of eighteen feet six inches on the Index fixed at the Entrance Lock of No.1 Dock. Contractors are liable for all damage to the works during their execution and for twelve months after their completion. Schedule of Prices. SPECIFICATION. The situation of the Gates of to the Entrance and Communication Locks is shown upon Drawings Nos. 1 & 2; the details of the Gates upon Drawings Nos. 3, 4, 5 & 6. The Machinery for the Gates and Capstans is shown upon Drawing No.7 Gates. Subsections with details: Ironworks, Segment, Rollers and Carriages, Anchors, Caps to Meeting-posts and Heelposts, Pivot-plate, Socket-plates, The-Plates, Screw-eyes, Footpath, Crabs for Opening and Closing the Gates, Capstans, Rollers, Chains, Pointing-sill. Sluices. The numbers and places of the Sluices to the Locks are shown on Drawings Nos. 1 and 2, and the details of the one Sluice on Drawing No.8. Bridge over Communication Lock. The Site of the Lifting Bridge over the Communication Lock is shown upon Drawing No. 2, and the Details upon Nos. 10 and 11. Subsections with details: Machinery, Roadway, Footpaths, Covering-plates, Railing. Foot Bridge across Entrance Lock. The Site of the Foot Bridge over the Entrance Lock is shown upon Drawing No.1, and the Details upon Drawing No.9. Subsection with details: Machinery. Work Generally. Subsections with details: Cast Iron, Wrought Iron, Brass Work, Painting and Tarring.
[Ref: 11312] £1,800.00