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Engineer, surveyor and one of Brindley's assistants.
Relationship: Assistant to James Brindley.
|Early 1766||Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal||Did the survey for the Act with Hugh Henshall|
|Mid 1766||Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal||He and Thomas Dadford senior worked as James Brindley's assistants on the canal.|
|1768||Old Main Line (BCN)||He and Robert Whitworth worked as James Brindley's assistants on the canal.|
|Early 1769||Oxford Canal||He was appointed as James Brindley's assistant.|
|June 1769||Oxford Canal||He and James King, the clerk of works, were told to set out the canal from Longford "in as Strait a Line as the Ground will permit".|
|14 January 1771||BCN Main Line||Together with James Brindley he denies that the canal was built with many windings to increase tolls. They said that the canal winding enabled it to serve more people.|
|Autumn September 1772||Oxford Canal||He was appointed engineer at a salarly of £200 a year.|
|1779||Oxford Canal||He and Robert Whitworth surveyed the line for the canal form Banbury to Oxford.|
|1786||Oxford Canal||A Bill was presented to Parliament which included the proposition that he, Samuel Weston, and four others should build the canal from Banbury to Oxford for £29,000 on codition that they were given exclusive carrying rights and two-thirds of the profits. This was not accepted.|
|Mid 1786||Oxford Canal||He was sent to Cambridgeshire to study the use of windmills for pumping water. One was ordered to be built at Hardwick Lock.|
|Late 1788||Kennet and Avon Canal||He, Samuel Weston and James Barnes made surveys for narrow and barge canals from Newbury to Bath.|
|1792||London & Western Canal project||He surveyed a route, with Samuel Weston, for a canal from Hampton Gay, six miles north of Oxford, to Thame, Wendover, Amersham, Uxbridge and Maylebone (later changed to the Thames at Isleworth). The 60-mile canal was also to have a branch to Aylesbury.|