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Harrison Hayter

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Mr. Harrison Hayter (1825-1898) was a British engineer, participating in many significant railway construction projects in Britain and many harbour and dock constructions worldwide.

1825 April 10th. Hayter was born at Flushing near Falmouth, Cornwall the second son of Henry Hayter and his wife Eliza Jane Heylyn. He became a Civil Engineer, and began his professional training on the Stockton and Darlington Railway and then in the construction of the Great Northern Railway.

In 1856 he was living in Anglesey, while working on the construction of Holyhead Harbour.

In 1857 he joined Sir John Hawkshaw and was associated with most of his projects until Sir John retired in 1888. These including the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway, Charing Cross and Cannon Street Lines, East London Railway, completion of Inner Circle, the Severn Tunnel Railway and many overseas railways.

The bridges he helped build included the Charing Cross Railway Bridge, the Cannon Street Railway Bridge and the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Harbours were at Alderney, Ijmuiden (Holland) and Mornungao (India) and docks at Hull, Penarth, Maryport, Fleetwood, Dover and the South dock of the West India Docks. Other works included the Amsterdam Ship Canal, the foundation of the Spithead Forts, River Witham middle level, Thames Valley drainages, and sewerage in Brighton. When he died he was completing a large system of docks at Buenos Aires (a dredged channel 14 miles long and a 3.5-mile river frontage), where James Murray Dobson was the resident engineer.

Harrison was a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Engineer and Railway Volunteer Staff Corps and served as President of the Institution of Civil Engineers between May 1892 and May 1893.

1898 May 5th. Died. He was buried at Highgate Cemetery.


1898 Obituary [1]

HARRISON HAYTER was born on 10th April 1825 at Flushing near Falmouth.

After receiving a classical and mathematical education at school, he entered in 1840 the applied sciences department of King's College, London, and went through the three years' course of study.

His professional training then commenced on the Stockton and Darlington Railway, and he was afterwards engaged upon the works of the Great Northern Railway.

In 1857 he became chief assistant to Sir John Hawkshaw, by whom he was taken into partnership in 1870, and with whom he was associated in the construction of many important works both in this country and abroad, including railways, harbours, docks, bridges, drainage of districts, the Holyhead breakwater, the Severn tunnel, the Metropolitan Railway, and the Amsterdam ship canal.

He was President of the Institution of Civil Engineers for the session 1892-3.

His death took place on 5th May 1898 at the age of seventy-three.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1880.


1898 Obituary [2]



1898 Obituary [3]




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