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Joseph Hall (1851-1914)

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Joseph Hall (1851-1914)

1914 Obituary [1]

JOSEPH HALL was born on 13th February 1851.

He was educated at a private school at Aberford, Yorkshire, and attended science and art classes at the Leeds Mechanics' Institute from 1866 to 1874.

In 1866 he commenced an apprenticeship of six years, the first part of which was served with Mr. Abraham Wood, of Leeds, and the remaining part with Messrs. Lowley Brothers, of Leeds.

On its completion in 1872, he entered the office of the Boroughs Engineer of Leeds, where he assisted in the work of the water and sewage departments.

Nine years later he was appointed Engineer and Surveyor of Torquay, and in July 1885 he was also made Harbour Engineer. During his connexion with Torquay he effected a great improvement in the roads, and displayed his ability as a landscape gardener by laying out several public pleasure grounds; and his work included the reconstruction of the outer pier and harbour.

In August 1891 he took up the post of Borough Engineer and Water Engineer of Cheltenham, which he held until 1902. In this period he laid out various parks and public gardens, built the abattoir, the ash destructor, and new baths. He also superintended the erection of waterworks at Tewkesbury, and new filter beds at Dowdeswell, and at the inception of the electricity undertaking he was the executive engineer.

In November 1902 he commenced private practice in Cheltenham as an architect and engineer, but in the following year he obtained the appointment of executive engineer to the City of Bombay. In this position he carried out with success many important undertakings, including an extension of the docks.

His death took place suddenly in Bombay on 7th May 1914, at the age of sixty-three.

He was elected a Member of this Institution in 1903; and he was also a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

1914 Obituary [2]

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