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Thomas Dadford senior 1730 - 1809

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Thomas Dadford senior 1730 - 1809

Canal engineer and surveyor. Father of John and Thomas junior.

Relationships: Father of Thomas Dadford junior, Father of John Dadford, Assistant of James Brindley and worked with Thomas, senior Sheasby.

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1766Staffordshire & Worcestershire CanalHe and Samuel Simcock were the engineers bulding the canal under James Brindley's direction.
June 1776Dudley Canal Line No 1Was appointed engineer and surveyor.
July 1782River TrentHe and his son, Thomas, suryey the river down to Gainsborough and recommend locks, side cuts, dredging and a horse towing path.
1783Dudley Canal Line No 1He left his post as engineer and surveyor and was afterwards employed on an ad hoc basis.
1784Coventry CanalHe and Robert Whitworth advised on the proposed Tame Aqueduct.
1785Dudley Canal Line No 1He checked the original survey and was made consulting engineer for the Dudley Tunnel extension. He was told to plan for a commodious basin at Castle Mill were the tunnel was to join Lord Dudley's tunnel.
Late 1787Coventry Canal (Detached Portion)He completed the building of this section for the Trent & Mersey Canal Company. Soon afterwards the Coventry Canal exercised its right to buy this section for 10,541.
July 1787Dudley Canal Line No 1Following some of the contractors work being found unsatisfactory he was paid off as consulting engineer.
1790Cromford CanalAround this date he was probably appointed as one of the two contractors building the canal.
30 June 1790Glamorganshire CanalWas engaged as joint contrator with his son Thomas 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.
1791Neath CanalHe became a shareholder in the new company.
Spring March 1792Glamorganshire CanalBy this time the canal was navigable but many works still needed to be completed and he had exceeded his contract. He produced a bill for 17,221 of extra work carried out and said that 5,000 still needed to be spent.
1793Aberdare CanalHe subscribed to 2,000 of shares jointly with the other three Dadfords, all working on Welsh canals.
After 1794Glamorganshire CanalIn a dispute over payments between the company and the contractors (him and Thomas Sheasby) they were both arrested on the grounds of an alleged overpayment made to them.
1797Montgomeryshire CanalHe became engineer following the resignation of his son John.
July 1797Montgomeryshire CanalAppionted engineer, following his son John in the post.

 

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