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John Hague

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John Hague (c1781-1857) of Cable Street, Shadwell, London

Born c1781

1816 Patent. John Hague, of Great Pearl Street. Spitalfields, Middlesex; for improvements in the method of expelling the molasses or syrup from sugar. [1]

1819 Assignment of Lease. John Hague of Grey Eagle Street, Spitalfields, engineer. [2]

1820 Patent for improvements to steam engines. Address is Great Pearl Street, Spitalfields, Mddx. [3]

1824 On the exportation of machinery [4]

1826 Advertising for sale the contents and lease of a saw mill. John Hague, Engineer of 36 Cable Street, Wellclose Square, London [5] [6]

1827 Edward Bell was articled to John Hague for seven years, during which time he was employed in the drainage of fens in Norfolk and Lincolnshire, the Shadwell entrance to the London Docks, the St. Katbrine’s Docks, the drainage and water supply of the city of Amsterdam, the mints at Amsterdam and Rio de Janeiro, etc.

1831 Thomas Russell Crampton was apprenticed to John Hague of Cable Street

1833 Selling a Soda Water Machine for £40. Of 36 Cable Street, Wellclose Square, London [7]

1834 John Hague, of Great Pearl Street, Spitalfields, Middlesex, Engineer, Patent for an improvement in preparing the materials for making pottery-ware, tiles etc.

1834 The first compression expansion heat pump was built by John Hague and Jacob Perkins in London in 1834.

1834 Frederick Joseph Bramwell was apprenticed to John Hague, a mechanical engineer, whose works were in Cable Street, Wellclose Square

1836 Patent Hydraulic machine. Address is Cable Street, Wellclose Square, London [8]

c.1836 The works were bought by the Blackwall Rope Railway.

1837 Legal declaration about Railway Carriage Wheels designed and patented by John Hague [9]

1838 John Hague, Engineer, of the City of London, has been employed in the Embankments of Holland and drainage in England, became a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.[10]

1839 (or 1843) One locomotive London (0-4-0) was built for the Stockton and Darlington Railway.

1839 Letter to The Times regarding Steam Vessel accidents. [11]

1841 Bramwell became the manager of Hague’s works.

1843 Under Bramwell's supervision a locomotive was built for the Stockton and Darlington Railway. The engine was taken north as deck cargo by the paddle-boat Emerald Isle, at that time the only steamer trading between London and Middlesbrough. Bramwell drove the locomotive on the line before returning to London.[12]

1844 John Hague, Engineer of Rotherhithe bankruptcy proceedings [13]

1845 Sale of machine tools of John Hague, a bankrupt, at Rotherhithe. [14]

1853 Listed as a shareholder in the Unity Fire Insurance Association. Listed as John Hague, Sen. of Chamberlayne Place, Southampton, Engineer. [15]

1857 Death. 'On the 20th inst. at Southampton, in his 77th year, John Hague Esq. Civil Engineer, formerly of London and for several years Chief Engineer to His Highness the Sultan of Constantinople' [16]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The European magazine, and London review, Volume 70 p284
  2. National Archives[1]
  3. The New monthly magazine, Volume 14
  4. Mechanics Magazine 1824/03/13
  5. The Times, Friday, Feb 24, 1826
  6. The Times, Wednesday, Feb 22, 1826
  7. The Times, Wednesday, Jun 26, 1833
  8. Civil engineer and architects' journal. Volume 1 p189
  9. The Times, Wednesday, Aug 16, 1837
  10. 1838 Institution of Civil Engineers
  11. The Times, Saturday, Oct 19, 1839
  12. Obituary of Frederick Bramwell
  13. The Times, Tuesday, Jun 04, 1844
  14. The Times, Thursday, Jul 24, 1845
  15. The Times, Saturday, Sep 24, 1853
  16. The Times, Saturday, Jan 24, 1857
  • British Steam Locomotive Builders by James W. Lowe. Published in 1975. ISBN 0-905100-816
  • Timothy Hackworth and the Locomotive by Robert Young. Published 1923.