LMS: Birmingham New Street to Tamworth
Kingsbury Branch: misc_kt380
A typical contract of sale in the 1930s coal trade, showing
13,520 to 14,560 tons of beans (small graded coal, usually screened
twice and washed) to the London coal factors Lamont and Warne for delivery
direct from the colliery to Jacksons Millboard Company at Bourne End (on the
Marlow branch of the Great Western Railway) to be loaded into colliery-owned
wagons by rail over a 12 month period.
There were hundreds of like transactions every day in the
coal trade, but very, very little evidence has survived. This is one of a
bundle of documents lodged in the Guildhall Library, London, and there is much
to learn from it.
Deliveries spread over 12 months would average 1220 tons a
month, or 120 wagons loads. These would have been despatched in lots of thirty
wagons a week, almost a train load and the possibility is that they could have
been despatched as such, (pity there were no wagon spotters in those days!)
therefore there would always be Coventry wagons at Bourne End station, the
private siding of the mill, and en route.. Note also the calculation of
delivered cost per ton, price at pit plus rail freight plus wagon hire. This
would have been billed by the colliery to Lamont and Warne, based on the record
of the colliery weighbridge which discloses the actual tonnage sent, and an
invoice would be prepared by the factor and sent to the consignee.
As this was an early wartime transaction, part of the terms
and conditions have been blotted out. (authors collection)