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William Henry Hopkinson

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William Henry Hopkinson (1865-1906), Borough Surveyor of Keighley

1907 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM HENRY HOPKINSON, born on the 31st May, 1865, at Halifax, was educated privately in that town and entered the office of the Borough Surveyor of Halifax in 1871. Subsequently he became Assistant Surveyor, in which capacity he acted until 1883, assisting in the carrying out of the main sewerage works, pitching the bed of the river, and the construction of new roads and streets.

In 1883 Mr. Hopkinson was selected for the office of Borough Surveyor of Keighley, and was subsequently made Borough and Water Engineer, an appointment which he held until his death. During his long connection with the borough, he carried out many important works, including a sewerage system and sewage-disposal works, filter-beds for the filtration of the town's water-supply, extensive street improvements, the construction of electric tramways, and the erection of several large bridges. He also laid out three public parks, made preliminary designs for various public buildings, and prepared the parliamentary plans and estimates in connection with two new reservoirs and other improvements of the water-supply system.

Mr. Hopkinson died at Keighley, after a brief illness, on the 9th April, 1906, in his fiftieth year. He was a Member of the Incorporated Association of Municipal and County Engineers, of which body at the time of his death he acted as district secretary for Yorkshire.

Mr. Hopkinson was elected an Associate Member of The Institution on the 19th May, 189G.

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