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Benjamin Bevan 26 1773 - 1833

Engineer of the Grand Junction's Ouse Aqueduct at Wolverton. He came from Leighton Buzzard.

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Early 1804Grand Junction CanalTogether with Henry Provis was asked to prepare fresh estimates for the Wolverton Aqueduct following the contractors' claims for extra payments.
March 1804Grand Junction CanalHaving supervised repair work on the Wendover Arm he now proposed a new reservoir for storing water from the summit. The new reservior at marsworth was built in 1806.
April 1805Grand Junction CanalReported on the construction costs and extra time spent locking through Berkhamsted Locks 58 and 59, which had experimental side ponds.
1807River IvelSurveyed the river from Biggleswade to Shefford and conluded that the navigation could be extended by the construction of seven nmore locks and other works totalling 8,000.
October 1807Grand Junction CanalTogether with Henry Provis was asked to examine the contractor Thomas Harrison's claim for payments in the dispute over the Wolverton Aqueduct.
1808Old Grand Union CanalAppointed engineer at a salary of 500 a year plus 200 a year expenses.
Summer June 1808Grand Junction CanalHe agreed to the suggestion that an iron aqueduct would be better than conventional brick to replace the colapsed structure at Wolverton and was asked, together with the company secretary, Charles Harvey, to make detailed investigations.
1809Oakham CanalSurveyed a line for extending the canal from Market Harborough to Stamford with a connection to Boston through the South Forty Foot Drain.
March 1809Grand Junction CanalAdvised on the prices and quality of stone for the peirs of the new Wolverton Aqueduct. He later recommended gornall stone from Cornwall for the piers before finding the equally good, but cheaper Hornton quarries stone in Warwickshire.
9 September 1809Grand Junction CanalLays the foundation stone for the new Wolverton Aqueduct.
1810River WellandReports on the state of the navigation and recommended the building of a sea-sluice at the end of the cut from the reservioir would improve navigation and drainage.
22 January 1811Grand Junction CanalAttends the openning of the new Wolverton Aqueduct for which he was engineer.
1812River Great OuseReports to the Grand Junction Canal Company on the poor state of navigation on the river. This may have prompted the company to reduce its subscription to the proposed Bedford canal from 12 to 3 thousand pounds.
1812Old Grand Union CanalFound quicksands and other difficult geological conditions in the proposed line of Crick Tunnel that led to a realignment and 7,000 extra cost.
1813Gloucester & Sharpness Ship CanalCalled in to adjudicate between Hock Crib, the originally proposed terminus of the canal at Berkeley Pill and Sharpness. He recommended Sharpness Point.
Late 1813Newport Pagnell CanalMade the survey for the Bill that became an Act in June 1814.
August 1813Grand Union Northampton BranchAs engineer responsible he reports progress on the building of the branch. The foundations for the bottom lock were nearly completesome canal was cut and puddled and bricks were being produced for the locks. Oak had been procured and was being sawed, and two lime kilns built.
June 1814Grand Union Northampton BranchReports that there is one mile and three furlongs of canal cutting to be done and ten more locks to be built before the target opening day at the end of October.
November 1814Grand Union Northampton BranchReports that there are still seven locks and over half a mile of cutting to be done. The revised openning date was put back to March 1815.
July 1815Grand Junction CanalWas told to construct side ponds for the four King's Langley locks as part of efforts to resolve a long running dispute over water rights with the owners of Nash mills.
Late April 1817Grand Junction CanalLeft the company.
1823River Stour (Kent)Acted for the Commision of Sewers in regard to this river.

 

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