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William Whitworth

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William Whitworth

Engineer.

Relationships: son of Robert Whitworth and brother of Robert, junior Whitworth.

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1790Leeds and Liverpool CanalHis father took up the post as engineer and he acted as his assistant.
12 November 1793Wilts and Berks CanalA meeting at Swindon decided that he should survey a junction with the Thames & Severn Canal.
22 February 1794Wilts and Berks CanalHe put forward a revised plan which included branches to Calne and Chippenham.
1795Wilts and Berks CanalHe and his father signed the deposited plan and he and John Ralph signed the estimate of 103,603 for the 55¼ mile main line and 8,350 for the branches. He began construction helped by Robert Whitworth, whether his father or his brother is not known.
12 November 1804Dearne and Dove CanalHe, or his brother Robert, probably took over and completed the canal following their father's death in 1799.
1810Bristol Junction Canal projectHe did a preliminary survey for the route.
June 1810North Wilts CanalThe Wilts & Berks Canal company sent a letter to the Thames & Severn company saying that he had surveyed a line from near Wootton Bassett to Ewen, above Siddington, on the Thames and Severn summit so joining the two canals. At this time this canal was called the Severn Junction Canal.
August 1810Lydney CanalHe recommended Josias Jessop as consulting engineer for the canal.
1813North Wilts CanalHe estimated the cost for the 9 mile canal with 12 locks at 52,000 and an extra 1,162 for the basin at Latton Junction.

 

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