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William Crosley (1780-1838)

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William Crosley, canal and railway construction engineer.

Born, perhaps c1780, son of William Crosley (d.1796).

1802 Succeeded Thomas Townshend as resident engineer on the Rochdale Canal, a position his father had held.

1809 Appointed engineer to the Brecknock and Abergavenny Canal

1811-15 Engineer for the Worcester and Birmingham Canal

1815-17 Living in Rochdale; carried out surveys for various projects in different parts of the country.

c.1820 designed Eaton Hall Bridge

1826 Appointed to advise the Committee of Management of the Macclesfield Canal

1833 Assisted Robert Stephenson on the construction of the London and Birmingham Railway.

His nephew William Crosley (1819-1874) worked for him for a time

1838 completed work on the Tring Cutting of the London and Birmingham Railway but left the company later in the year.

Died before 1850.

For a summary of his life and work see 'A Biographical Dictionary of Civil Engineers in Great Britain and Ireland Vol 1' by A. W. Skempton[1]

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Sources of Information

  1. [1]'A Biographical Dictionary of Civil Engineers in Great Britain and Ireland Vol 1 1500-1830' by A. W. Skempton, ICE & Thomas Telford, 2002