Collection: Photographs and records of Sir Alexander Gibb and Partners

1829 - 1979
Northfleet, Gravesend, Gravesham, Kent
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Barking Power Station, River Road, Barking And Dagenham, Greater London Authority, IG11
Bedford Level, Welney, King's Lynn And West Norfolk, Norfolk
Blackwall Point Power Station, River Way, East Greenwich, Greenwich, Greater London Authority
Blyth Power Station, East Bedlington, Northumberland
Bromborough Power Station, Bromborough, Wirral
Cleator Moor Ironworks, Cleator Moor, Copeland, Cumbria
Cliff Quay Power Station, Ipswich, Suffolk
Corsham Army Camp, Box, Wiltshire
Cumberland Paper Factory, Cleator Moor, Copeland, Cumbria
Dean Clough Mills, Dean Clough, Halifax, Calderdale
Dorman And Smith Limited, Moorclose Road, Workington, Salterbeck, Allerdale, Cumbria
East Yelland Power Station, Fremington, North Devon, Devon
Goldington Power Station, Bedford
H Hainworth And Company, Moorclose Road, Workington, Allerdale, Cumbria
Larma Limited Clothing Factory, Aspatria, Allerdale, Cumbria
Littlebrook Power Station, Rennie Drive, Littlebrook, Dartford, Kent
M Hackney And Company, Aspatria, Allerdale, Cumbria
M4 Motorway, Hounslow, Greater London Authority
M4 Motorway, Hillingdon, Greater London Authority
M4 Motorway, Slough
M4 Motorway, Windsor And Maidenhead
M4 Motorway, Wokingham
M4 Motorway, Reading
M4 Motorway, West Berkshire
Meaford Power Station, Stone Rural, Stafford, Staffordshire
Myers And Bowman Limited, Winscales, Distington, Allerdale, Cumbria
Pagham Harbour, Selsey, Pagham, Chichester, West Sussex
Peterborough Power Station, Storey's Bar Road, City Of Peterborough
Queen Anne's Lodge, Petty France, St James's, City Of Westminster, Greater London Authority
Queen Anne's Mansions, Petty France, City Of Westminster, Greater London Authority, SW1
S Brannan And Sons Thermometer Factory, Cleator Moor, Copeland, Cumbria
Skelton Grange Power Station, Leeds
St Paul's Cathedral, St Paul's Churchyard, City of London, City and County of the City of London, Greater London Authority
Swynnerton Army Training Camp, Eccleshall, Stafford, Staffordshire
Tilbury Power Station, Fort Road, East Tilbury, Thurrock
Tilmanstone Colliery, Eythorne, Dover, Kent
Vale Carpet Company, Moorclose Road, Workington, Allerdale, Cumbria
West Cumberland Silk Mills, Main Street, Hensingham, Copeland, Cumbria
West Ham Power Station, Canning Town, Newham, Greater London Authority
West Thurrock Power Station, Stone Ness, Grays, Thurrock
Whitechapel And Bow Railway, Tower Hamlets, Greater London Authority
Wolstanton Colliery, Wolstanton, City Of Stoke-On-Trent
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The collection contains photographs, negatives, drawings and research papers relating to civil engineering projects in England conducted by Sir Alexander Gibb and Partners, civil engineers of London.

The bulk of the collection comprises photographs mounted in albums or originally in ring binders showing the progress or completion of construction of various large scale civil engineering projects. These projects include the following power stations and electricity generating stations: Skelton Grange, Blyth, Barking, Meaford, East Yelland, Littlebrook, Cliff Quay, Goldington, Blackwall Point, Bromborough, West Ham, West Thurrock, Peterborough, and Tilbury. Other photograph albums depict: Wolstanton Colliery, army camps at Swynnerton and Corsham, Pagham Harbour, Queen Anne's Lodge in London, River Thames jetty improvements at Northfleet, water utility projects in North Devon and Birkenhead, M4 motorway between Chiswick and Langley, Norwich Ring Road, and factories for the West Cumberland Industrial Development Co. Ltd in Cumbria, Patons and Baldwins in Darlington and J. Crossley in Halifax.

In addition correspondence, maps, drawings and research notes relate to Queen Anne's Lodge, a World War One defence barrage for the English Channel, the Tilmanstone Colliery to Dover Harbour ropeway, Whitechapel and Bow Railway, and the Bedford Level.

Although the collection covers the period 1829 to 1979, much of it was created between the 1920s and the 1960s. Most of the photography is black and white and most of the negatives relate to the M4 motorway photograph album. The stamps of many photographers appear on the backs of the photographs in the Collection including Stewart Bale of Liverpool and Aerofilms.

A handlist is available.

Archival History

The collection was acquired by the NMR in 2010.

Other archives containing material relating to Sir Alexander Gibb and partners include the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland.


This Collection contains the following materials:
Photograph (Negative): 279
Photograph (Print): 4,913
Photograph Album: 31
Map: 3
Measured Drawing: 53
Book/Volume: 3
File: 11


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