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Thomas Dadford junior 1761 - 1806

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Thomas Dadford junior 1761 - 1806

Canal Engineer and surveyor. Son of Thomas Dadford senior.

Relationships: son of Thomas Dadford senior, Brother of John Dadford, surveyed a tramroad with Hugh Henshall, assisted by William Jessop and worked with John Dadford.

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June 1774Stroudwater CanalProduced an estimate based on his survey of the line of the canal with John Priddey. They estimated a cost of 16,451.
1776Stourbridge CanalAppointed engineer at 120 a yeas and a house.
25 March 1781Stourbridge CanalHe resigned as engineer.
July 1782River TrentHe and his father suryey the river down to Gainsborough and recommend locks, side cuts, dredging and a horse towing path.
Autumn September 1789Leominster CanalMade a survet and an estimate for a 31 mile canal with three tunnels the whole costing 83,000.
1790Leominster CanalFollowing proposals for a canal from Kington to Leominster the two schemes were amalgumated and he produced plans and estimates for a 46 mile canal rising 46 feet from Kington then falling 496 feet to the Severn.
30 June 1790Glamorganshire CanalWas engaged as joint contrator with his father and Thomas Sheasby to make the canal for 48,288 exclusive of land. The company did not appoint an engineer so the contractors were controlled by committee members.
July 1790Neath CanalHe was asked to make a survey of the proposed route of the canal, which he did with his father and brother John.
September 1790Neath CanalHis estimate of 25,716 for the canal was approved.
July 1791Leominster CanalHe started construction of the canal as its engineer.
Autumn September 1791Neath CanalAppointed General Surveyor to superintend occasionally the Works' at a daily salary.
July 1792Monmouthshire CanalWas appointed engineer and was to give three-quarters of his time to the work and not to work elsewhere except on the Leominster Canal (where he was already engineer) and was not to have any concern in the contract for cutting.
16 October 1792Brecknock & Abergavenny CanalWas ordered by the company to make a plan and estimate for the canal with the assistance of Mr Cockshutt, a shareholder and solicitor of the Monmouthshire Canal Company.
1793Aberdare CanalHe subscribed to 2,000 of shares jointly with the other three Dadfords, all working on Welsh canals.
Early 1793Brecknock & Abergavenny CanalHe attended hearings of the Bill for the canal, his expenses being paid by the Monmouthshire Canal Company.
12 March 1793Monmouthshire CanalHe was ordered to survey the route of a tramroad from Beaufort and Ebbw Vale furnaces and Sirhowy to a place called Trevill.
1794Brecknock & Abergavenny CanalHe and Hugh Henshall surveyed the line for a tramroad from Llan-march Coal and Mine Works to the Clydach ironworks.
1794Montgomeryshire CanalWas appointed to assist his brother John as engineer, for which they were jointly paid.
Late 1795Brecknock & Abergavenny CanalHe was appointed engineer on a part-time basis.
December 1795Leominster CanalJohn Rennie criticised his work on the canal.
1796Monmouthshire CanalHe produced a plan for the extension of the canal one and a half miles from the Newport Town Pill.
1797Montgomeryshire CanalFollowing the resignation of his brother, John, he suggests his father as a replacement.
September 1797Neath CanalSurveyed the line for an extension of the canal to Giant's Grave near Briton Ferry.
December 1798Brecknock & Abergavenny CanalHis role as engineer changed from part-time to full-time.
1799Salisbury & Southampton CanalTook part in arbitration on behalf of the contractors in a dispute with the canal company.
July 1800Aberdare CanalHe is asked to re-survey the canal and to recommend improvements to the existing tramroad.
1 August 1800Aberdare CanalHe reported that the canal could be built for 10,500 and that a tramroad 1.5 miles long to the Aberdare Iron Company's works at Llwydcoed would cost 1,500.
24 December 1800Brecknock & Abergavenny CanalThe final section of the canal he built, from Gilwern to Brecon, was opened.
Autumn September 1810Brecknock & Abergavenny CanalSurveyed the line of a tramroad from the canal near Abergavenny to Hereford.

 

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