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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.
|1766||Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal||He and Samuel Simcock were the engineers bulding the canal under James Brindley's direction.|
|June 1776||Dudley Canal Line No 1||Was appointed engineer and surveyor.|
|July 1782||River Trent||He and his son, Thomas, suryey the river down to Gainsborough and recommend locks, side cuts, dredging and a horse towing path.|
|1783||Dudley Canal Line No 1||He left his post as engineer and surveyor and was afterwards employed on an ad hoc basis.|
|1784||Coventry Canal||He and Robert Whitworth advised on the proposed Tame Aqueduct.|
|1785||Dudley Canal Line No 1||He 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 1787||Coventry 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 1787||Dudley Canal Line No 1||Following some of the contractors work being found unsatisfactory he was paid off as consulting engineer.|
|1790||Cromford Canal||Around this date he was probably appointed as one of the two contractors building the canal.|
|30 June 1790||Glamorganshire Canal||Was 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.|
|1791||Neath Canal||He became a shareholder in the new company.|
|Spring March 1792||Glamorganshire Canal||By 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.|
|1793||Aberdare Canal||He subscribed to £2,000 of shares jointly with the other three Dadfords, all working on Welsh canals.|
|After 1794||Glamorganshire Canal||In 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.|
|1797||Montgomeryshire Canal||He became engineer following the resignation of his son John.|
|July 1797||Montgomeryshire Canal||Appionted engineer, following his son John in the post.|