C.M. Douglas & Co.

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This firm appears only in Glover’s Directory of 1829, as the successors to James Holt & Co., with a long list of places served from Cockpit Hill in Derby three times a week, and two others (Birmingham and Nuneaton) once a week. In two cases (Bristol and Wolverhampton) the service appears to have been operated in conjunction with a firm named Swaine & Co., who appear alone in the same list providing a service on Tuesdays to Birmingham. Swaines themselves are not listed elsewhere in the directory as carriers.

Many of the places on the list of those served three times a week, such as Chapel en le Frith, Tideswell, Wirksworth and Chesterfield, must have been reached by waggon, not boat, and in other cases, for example Mansfield, it is difficult to decide whether the journey would have been partly by water and partly by land, or entirely by wagon (or railway).

The company seems to have given up trading, certainly as carriers, by the early 1840s.


James Holt
Holt appears in Pigot’s Directory of 1818 as a carrier by water from Cockpit Wharf to London, through Burton and all the line of the Trent & Mersey and Staffs. & Worcs. canals, departing on Tuesdays and Fridays. By 1822 he was offering daily services to Burton and the Potteries in one direction and Nottingham in the other; a service to Sheffield was presumably by wagon (or possibly by boat to Buckland Hollow and by road from there). By 1829 his business had been taken over by C.M. Douglas. James Holt has no apparent connection with the national firm of carriers, Kenworthy & Holt, who also served Derby.

Swaine & Co.
This firm is listed in Glover’s directory of 1829 as carriers to Nottingham from Siddals Lane in Derby.

They appear to have been road carriers working in association with the canal-carrying firm of Douglas & Co., and were not themselves carriers by canal.



See also:
•  Cradock, Ella & Douglas


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Sources for this article include:
  • River, Canal and Coastal Carriers in the East Midlands c.1660–1840 by Philip Riden


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