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John Campbell Arthur Houghton

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John Campbell Arthur Houghton (1833-1913)

1866 John Campbell Arthur Houghton, Woodside Iron Works, near Dudley.[1]

1913 July 16th. Died.[2]

1913 Obituary [3]

JOHN CAMPBELL ARTHUR HOUGHTON was born at Edgbaston, Birmingham, on 13th December 1833, being the second son of Mr. Vaughton Houghton, also of Birmingham.

He became associated with Messrs. Cochrane and Co.'s Woodside Iron Works, Dudley, about the year 1860, and held the position of managing engineer for more than thirty years. During that period he was responsible for the construction of many notable engineering works, among which may be mentioned the Charing Cross Railway Station, Holborn Viaduct, Westminster Bridge, Cannon Street Railway Bridge and Station, and the Runcorn Bridge over the Mersey.

Messrs. Cochrane and Co. also removed the Hungerford Suspension Bridge over the Thames, and re-erected it as the Clifton Suspension Bridge at Bristol. Various bridges, piers, etc., were also constructed abroad by the firm during this period, and waterworks schemes were carried out at Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, and other towns.

On his retirement in 1896, two years before the decease of Mr. Charles Cochrane, (Past-President), he went to live at Torquay, where his death took place on 16th July 1913, in his eightieth year.

He was elected a Member of this Institution in 1866.

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