The Fairbank Collection consists of the plans and business papers of the Fairbank family who practised as surveyors in Sheffield from about 1736 to 1848.

The majority of the plans are the work of the second William Fairbank, his sons William and Josiah, and Josiah’s son, William Fairbank. In their capacity of surveyors they were actively concerned in local enclosures, railways, canals, roads and waterworks. Their business extended beyond Sheffield to cover South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire and even Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Cheshire, Lancashire and Staffordshire.

For more information on the Fairbank collection of maps and plans, see our guide which can be downloaded below.

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