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Samuel Simcock Before 1749 - After 1790

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Samuel Simcock Before 1749 - After 1790

Engineer, surveyor and one of Brindley's assistants.

Relationship: Assistant to James Brindley.

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Early 1766Staffordshire & Worcestershire CanalDid the survey for the Act with Hugh Henshall
Mid 1766Staffordshire & Worcestershire CanalHe and Thomas Dadford senior worked as James Brindley's assistants on the canal.
1768Old Main Line (BCN)He and Robert Whitworth worked as James Brindley's assistants on the canal.
Early 1769Oxford CanalHe was appointed as James Brindley's assistant.
June 1769Oxford CanalHe 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 1771BCN Main LineTogether 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 1772Oxford CanalHe was appointed engineer at a salarly of 200 a year.
1779Oxford CanalHe and Robert Whitworth surveyed the line for the canal form Banbury to Oxford.
1786Oxford CanalA 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 1786Oxford CanalHe was sent to Cambridgeshire to study the use of windmills for pumping water. One was ordered to be built at Hardwick Lock.
Late 1788Kennet and Avon CanalHe, Samuel Weston and James Barnes made surveys for narrow and barge canals from Newbury to Bath.
1792London & Western Canal projectHe 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.

 

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