BRITAIN'S FIRST STATUTORY DOCK COMPANY

ID: 25850
£375.00
An Act for making and establishing public keys or wharfs at Kingston upon Hull,

HULL DOCKS,, An Act for making and establishing public keys or wharfs at Kingston upon Hull, for the better securing His Majesty's revenues of Customs, and for the benefit of commerce in the port of Kingston upon Hull; for making a bason or dock, with reservoirs, sluices, roads, and other works, for the accommodation of vessels using the said port; and for appropriating certain lands belonging to His Majesty, and for applying certain sums of money onto of His Majesty's Customs at the said port, for those purposes; and for establishing other necessary regulations within the town and port of Kingston upon Hull. 1774. Hull: printed by Thomas Lee and Co., Scale-Lane. 1796.

8vo., x + 108pp., contemporary quarter calf over marbled boards with gilt lines and crimson lettering piece. A very good, perhaps fine, copy with the contemporary ownership inscription, at head of title, of "Js. Fryson 1798".

First separate edition.

A rapid increase in the shipping trade of Hull followed naturally from the rapid industrialisation of Yorkshire during the second half of the eighteenth-century. The tide dependent wharves on the west bank of the River Hull, known as 'The Haven', were superseded by the enclosed docks of Britain's first statutory dock company: The Hull Corporation, Trinity House and Hull Merchants, founded in 1773. The Crown gave the land which contained Hull's city walls for a docks construction, and the 1774 Act of Parliament allowed the Dock Company to raise up to 100,000 by shares and loans, and thus Hull's first dock (the Old Dock), a wet dock, was built between 1775 and 1778. It was designed by Henry Berry and John Grundy, with Luke Holt the resident engineer, appointed on John Smeaton's recommendation.