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Ralph Ward Jackson

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Ralph Ward Jackson (1806-1880)


1881 Obituary [1]

. . . In 1838 he took a share in the establishment of the Stockton and Durham County Bank, the business of which was in 1846 transferred to the National Provincial Bank of England.

About the year 1836 Mr. Jackson became connected with the management of the Clarence Railway, in the county of Durham. The Act for this line was obtained in 1828, and, it was opened in 1832 ; it was made for the purpose of transporting coals from the pits to a shipping place on the north side of the river Tees, at Stockton, with another terminus, also on the north side of the Tees, some miles nearer to its mouth, at a shipping-place which was named Port Clarence. . . . Mr. Jackson was driven to start a harbour and dock on the west side of the bay of Hartlepool, and so control the shipments of the Clarence system. This spot was named West Hartlepool.

In 1844 Mr. Jackson took a bill into Parliament for the formation of the new harbour and its first dock. . . . [much more]


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