Introduction and editorial overview
(Updated 28 January 2017)
This website was created to cover the Industrial Archaeology surrounding the development of the early British waggonway (or wagonway)*. These wagonways, or wagonways, were originally made of wood, later evolving into iron L plate tramways or what we today regard as a railway with iron rails.
Due to the current interests of the circle members the site has a current bias towards the history of the World's first recorded cross-country overland waggonway, (the Wollaton waggonway of 1604) and Huntingdon Beaumont the man who built it. Additional material relating to other waggonway (wagonway) and plateway (plate way) history will, hopefully, be added over time.
There are individual contents pages for the key sections covering waggonways (wagonways), the life of Huntingdon Beaumont, the Wollaton Waggonway and plateways. Hot links on each page list material on this site and also where relevant externally. Additional material relating to Elizabethan and Stuart period mining activities in the west Nottingham area which the Wollaton Waggonway served may also be added.
The most recent significant content updates were made during July 2009 relating to information about Huntingdon Beaumont's immediate family. Changes will always be posted to the updates page as they are made.
The Circle's contributors hope that you find the WRC website a useful resource for study of the English waggonway.
John New Site coordinator/Editor.
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|The Thoroton Society||The Thoroton Society is Niottinghamshire's principal historical and archaeological society - established in 1897|
|Lenton Times||Local history paper covering the area near Wollaton.|
|Nottinghamshire History||Excellent site with self explanatory title.|
|Strelley Systems Business Centres||The WRC thank them for their previous sponsorship of WRC activities.|