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Francis John William Thomas Giles 10 1787 - 4 1847

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Francis John William Thomas Giles 10 1787 - 4 1847

Engineer and surveyor who worked under John Rennie and was engineer of several schemes which never came to fruition.

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1802Kent & Sussex Junction Canal projectTogether with Netlam Giles he surveyed the route as part of John Rennie's check of Alexander Sutherland's work.
1811Stort - Cam Canal projectsHe re-surveyed the route with Netlam Giles under the direction of John Rennie.
1811Wey and Arun Junction CanalTogether with Netlam Giles he surveyed a route for a 37 mile canal from Croydon Canal to Newbridge in the Arun valley, passing through Merstham, Three Bridges, Crawley and Horsham.
1815Portsmouth & Arundel CanalTogether with Netlam Giles he surveyed a route for the canal on behalf of John Rennie.
1815Western Union Canal projectAround this time he prepared a report and plan of the canal for the Kennet & Avon Canal committee. This was bases on a survey by John Rennie.
1819River IvelHe estimates a cost of 11,000 to make the river navigable from Biggleswade to Langford Bridge, 32,000 for continuing to Hitchen and 36,000 to Baldock.
1821River IvelHe estimates a cost of 14,000 to make the river navigable from Shefford. It was later found that he had only estimated to Clifton Common and another 1,700 was required to take it to Shefford.
1822Aire & Calder Navigation - Wakefield SectionHe worked on alternative schemes based on John Rennine's plans for deepening the river to 7 feet and to take 100 ton craft.
1822River IvelAround this time he surveys the old part of the navigation and recommends that 3 - 4,000 is needed to put it into a proper state of repair.
1824Hertford Union Canal (Grand Union)Was appointed engineer.
1824Hants & Berks Junction Canal projectHe did a survey and proposed a 13 mile canal with a half-mile tunnel, one inclined plane and a number of locks.
1825London to Portsmouth Ship Canal schemesHe was asked to take the levels for the combined scheme of John Rennie, James Elmes and N W Cundy.
1825Liverpool Canal projectHe proposed a route linking the Bridgewater, Sankey and Mersey & Irwell by a Mersey aqueduct.
1830Birmingham & Warwick Junction CanalHe was appointed engineeer.
1830Sankey Brook NavigationWas appointed engineer for the 3.5 mile extension of the navigation to Widnes.
1831Barnsley CanalWhile acting for the Exchequer Bill Loan Commissioners in the matter of the Heck & Wentbridge Railway he was asked by the canal company how much the purchase of the land would cost.
1832Aire and Calder Navigation and River AireWhile acting for the Exchequer Bill Loan Commissioners in the matter of the Heck & Wentbridge Railway he offered to sell the property to the canal company but they declined.
1834Basingstoke CanalHe was the engineer for the London & Sothampton Railway whose new line was to pass under the canal, which would cross on a new aqueduct.
1844River LeeAssisted by James Griggs, the Lee surveyor, he surveyed the river and recommended that the number of locks be reduced to 17 from the 25 principal locks and 3 half locks. He also recommended line straightening and a 7 feet depth to allow 100-ton barges to use the river.

 

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