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John Wulstan Twinberrow

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John Wulstan Twinberrow (1865-1932)

1932 Obituary[1]


We regret to have to record the death, on the 10th inst., of Mr. John Wulstan Twinberrow, brother of Mr. J. D. Twinberrow, who died last winter. Mr. J. W. Twinberrow was born in 1865, and had devoted himself to civil engineering, whereas his brother made his mark as a mechanical engineer.

The subject of our present memoir served a pupilage of three years under Mr. J. S. Macintyre, M.Inst C.B of the firm of Messrs. E. W. Wilson and Company. In 1886, he became assistant to Mr. Lovatt, on the construction of the Banbury and Cheltenham Direct Railway, continuing on this until 1887, when he became contractor’s engineer to Messrs Lovatt and Shaw on one of the contracts for the Barry Railway. In 1889 and 1890, he held the position of assistant to Mr J Robinson, M.Inst.C.E., on the Barry Dock, and acted as resident engineer on the Cadoxton and Biglis widening, Sewer contracts, &c.

Between 1890-91, Mr. Twinberrow acted as contractor's engineer to Mr. Lovatt, on the Great Northern Railway tunnel and main-line widening at King’s Cross, on which work he introduced a novel system of tunnelling which he devised. During subsequent years he acted as contractor’s engineer and agent to Mr. Lovatt, on a number of works. These included the widening of the Great Northern Railway main line at Harringay, and on the Midland Railway, the Trent and Leicester widenings, with the Red Hill tunnel and viaduct, and Knighton tunnel. Further work on the Great Northern, in 1893, covering contracts at Wood Green, Ferme Park and Holloway, was followed by constructional work on the Shropshire Union Railway and Canal Company’s branch line at Ellesmere Port, including a quay on the Ship Canal. For some years subsequent to this he was engaged on the Leicester section of the Great Central Railway Company’s new main line to London.

On engaging in practice as a consultant, he was connected with various types of civil engineering, and during the war was occupied on defence works at home and on the Government shipyards. He afterwards acted as consulting engineer for the Anglo-Belgian Shipbuilding Yard at Ghent. He first became connected with the Institution of Civil Engineers as a student, being transferred to the class of Associate Member in 1891 and to full membership in 1901."

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