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Region: South West

The M5 in the South Western Region
List of material held by the Somerset Archive and Record Service.

A\BXB/2M5 Motorway
A\BXB/2/1Official papers and reports
A\BXB/2/1/11969Copy of the South Western Road Construction Unit Programme issued December 1969.
(1 document)
A\BXB/2/1/21977Report of a working party of the Department of Transport entitled, 'Route Location with Regard to Environmental Issues'.
(1 document)
A\BXB/2/1/31979Pamphlet entitled, 'Trunk Road Proposals - A Comprehensive Framework for Appraisal'.
Prepared by The Standing Advisory Committee on Trunk Road Assessment.
(1 document)
A\BXB/2/1/41974-1975Copy of the Department of the Environment South Western Road Construction Units 7th Annual Report.
(1 document)
A\BXB/2/2Pamphlets and opening brochures
A\BXB/2/2/11973Pamphlets entitled, 'M5 Motorway in Gloucestershire and Somerset.
Prepared by Consulting Engineers Freeman Fox and Partners to mark the completion of the M5 as far as Edithmead.
Includes an earlier draft version.
(6 documents)
A\BXIB/2/2/21971Opening brochure for the Gloucester-Cheltenham section of the M5 in March 1971.
(1 document)
A\BXB/2/2/31969Opening brochure for the Avonmouth section of the M5 in August 1969.
(1 document)
A\BXB/2/2/4 972Opening brochures for the Avonmouth Bridge section of the M5 in August 1972.
(2 documents)
A\BXB/2/2/51973Opening brochures for the Dunball to Huntworth section of the M5.
This was opened on the 18th Dec 1973 by the Rt. Hon. John Peyton, Minister for Transport Industries.
(2 documents)
A\BXB/2/2/61976Opening brochure for the Chelston to Willand section of the M5 in October 1976.
(1 document)
A\BXB/2/2/71977.Opening brochure marking the completion of the M5 upon the opening of the Exminster section by the Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. James Callaghan MP on 27th May 1977.
The brochure contains information about the whole of the M5 from Strensham, Worcestershire to Pearces Hill, Devon and includes a separate sheet listing those who were presented to the Prime Minister.
(1 document)
A\BXB/2/2/81970Copies of a pamphlet issued to members of the South Western Association of the Institution of Civil Engineers, who attended a visit to view motorway construction in the South West on the 10th September 1970.
One copy includes the address of welcome from the Director of the Southwestern Road Construction Unit, Mr P G Lyth.
(2 documents)
A\BXB/2/2/91972Pamphlet issued to members of the South Western branch of the Institution of Highway Engineers on the occasion of their visit to view construction works on the Edithmead to Dunball and Dunball to Huntworth sections of the M5 on the 27th September 1972.
(1 document)
A\BXB/2/2/101973Pamphlet issued to members of the South Western branch of the Institution of Highway Engineers on the occasion of their visit to view construction works on the Blackbrook to Chelston section of the M5 on the 25th July 1973.
(1 document)
A\BXB/2/2/11n.d [c.1974]A pamphlet prepared for the proposed Pearces Hill to Pocombe Link Road A30.
(1 document)
A\BXB/2/2/12n.dCopies of a paper entitled, M5 Motorway in Devon'.
(4 documents)
A\BXB/2/2/13n.d [c.1970s]An extract from the magazine New Civil Engineer about the Avonmouth Bridge and a publicity paper by the contractor Fairfield Mabey.
(2 documents)
A\BXB/2/2/14c.1973An article about the construction of the M5 from the Avonmouth Bridge to Dunball.
(1 document)
A\BXB/2/2/151973An article from Construction News about the construction of the M5 from the Avonmouth Bridge to Dunball.
(1 document)
A\BXB/2/2/16c.1973Extract from a magazine concerning the Edithmead to Dunball section of the M5.
(1 document)
A\BXB/2/2/171971Copy of the Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers entitled, 'Design and construction of embankments on analluvial plain', by N J Dallard.
(1 document)
A\BXB/2/2/181972Copy of the Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers with a discussion on A\BXB/2/2/17.
(1 document)
A\BXB/2/2/191972A report prepared by Devon County Council entitled, 'The Motorway Into Devon: The Challenge'.
(1 document)
A\BXB/2/2/20c.1990sChapter 3 from a book by Michael Hawkins, the former County Engineer of Devon, which refers to the M5.
(1 document)
A\BXB/2/2/21n.dCopies of a map of the M5 motorway from Strensharn to Edithmead, prepared by Freeman Fox and Partners.
(2 documents)
A\BXB/2/2/22n.dMap of the M5 motorway from Avonmouth to Puriton.
(1 document)
A\BXB/2/2/23n.dMap of the M5 motorway fromEdithmead to Willand.
(1 document)
A\BXB/2/2/24n.dMap of the M5 motorway fromEdithmead to the West of Exeter alternative routes.
(1 document)
A\BXB/2/3Recollections andcorrespondence
ASXB/2/3/11999Letter to F D J Johnson from Brigadier Stanley Baldwin containing his personal recollections.
(1 document)
A\BXB/2/3/21994A paper entitled, 'Bridging the Gaps', by Michael Clerk, a former section engineer in the RCU HQ.
(1 document)
A\BXB/2/3/31998Two letters from Professor R Bridle suggesting sources of material for the Motorway Archive project, together with anecdotal memories.
(2 documents)
A\BXB/2/4Newspaper cuttings
A\BXB/2/4/11967Copy article on the M5 from the magazine Roads and Road Construction.
(1 document)
A\BXB/2/4/21967Newspaper cutting on the M5 from the Western Daily Press
(1 document)
A\BXB/2/4/31967Copy newspaper cutting on the M5 from the Cheddar Valley Gazette.
(1 document)
A\BXB/2/4/41977Newspaper cutting about the Exminster section of the M5.
(1 document)
A\BXB/2/5Photographs
A\BXB/2/5/11974 83photographic prints (mostly black and white) of various sections of the M5 Motorway.
(1 bundle)
A\BXB/2/5/21971-197211 mounted photographs of the M5 motorway under construction and once completed.
(11 documents)
A\BXB/2/5/3n.d
[c. 1970]
4 photographs of artistic representations of proposed bridges on the M5 Motorway.
(4 documents)
A\BXB/3Papers of the Trust
A\BXB/3/12002Executive summary report of the Motorway Archive Trust project.
The report was compiled by F D J Johnson, former County Surveyor of Somerset and former President of the County Surveyors Society. It provides a history and context to the construction of a motorway network in South West England.
(1 document)