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Thomas, senior Sheasby 1740 - 1799

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Thomas, senior Sheasby 1740 - 1799

Canal Engineer and Contractor.

Relationships: father of Thomas, junior Sheasby and worked with Thomas Dadford senior.

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After June 1785Coventry CanalHe was appointed engineer to build the canal extension from Atherstone to Fazeley.
30 June 1790Glamorganshire CanalWas engaged as joint contrator with the Thomas Dadfords, father and son, 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.
Mid 1792Neath CanalHe was employed as engineer-contractor and undertook to build the rest of the canal, from (and including) the Ynsbwllog Aqueduct to Glynneath by 1st November 1793 for 14,886, of which 2,800 was to be retained at interest for three years after the completion of the canal against any work found to need rectifing.
Early 1793Llandeilo & Llandovery Canal projectsHe was called in to survey a canal from Pen-coed to Llandovery. There were to be two branches one from Pontardulias up the valley of the Gwili to Myndd Marw and the other from Kidwelly up the Gwendraeth.
April 1793Swansea CanalHe was asked to survey up the Tawe valley as far as Devynock.
1794Swansea CanalAround this date he was employed as assistant to Charles Roberts.
After December 1794Glamorganshire CanalHe and his fellow engineer-contractor Thomas Dadford senior were in dispute with the canal company over money they were due and stopped all work on the canal. The company had him arrested and held on bail for 10,000 that they alledged they were owed.
After October 1800Warwick & Birmingham CanalHe was appointed engineer.
1804Warwick & Birmingham CanalHe left his post of engineer due to ill-health.

 

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