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Sir Edward Banks (1770-1835), builder and contractor
1770 January 4th. Born near Richmond, Yorkshire.
Started as an agricultural labourer and left home with two shillings and two shirts and could not read. Went first to Scotland an laboured on the canals and worked his way up.
1789 He became involved with the first of many construction projects, undertaking sea banking and draining in Holderness, Yorkshire.
1791 Became contractor on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal
1793 Married Nancy (d. 1815), daughter of John Franklin, with whom he had five sons and three daughters.
1800 he worked on several Derbyshire canals under William Jessop, tram roads and turnpikes,
Began a trade carrying coal and limestone, with thirty barges.
Banks formed a partnership with Col. Jolliffe, supplying building materials to London.
1807 the Revd William John Jolliffe (1774–1835) replaced his brother in the partnership, which rapidly became a major building contractor, including Cardiff marshes (1808), a lighthouse at Heligoland, and constructing Howth harbour in Dublin Bay.
1811 Jolliffe and Banks reconstructed the Limehouse entrance to the West India Dock
1811 Jolliffe and Banks became contractors for Rennie's Waterloo Bridge, London
1813 They carried out various dock projects
1814 Contractors for Southwark Bridge, the largest cast-iron bridge built
1817 Built a cut to drain the Bedford Level of the fens, followed by similar drainage projects elsewhere.
1821 Married Amelia (d. 1836), daughter of Sir Abraham Pytches of Streatham.
1822 They contracted for the canal and locks which created the port of Goole on the Humber.
Edward founded Banks Town (later Sheerness-on-Sea) as a speculation, instituting a tri-weekly service from London by steamboat (built by Jolliffe, Banks and Co).
1824 With Jolliffe, Banks was a founder of the General Steam Navigation Co.
1828 the partners built the saltpetre warehouse on the south side of the Blackwall basin, West India Dock.
1834 The partnership was dissolved, the year before both Banks and Jolliffe died.