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William Whitmore

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William Whitmore (c1748-1819)

1796 Patent granted to William Whitmore of Birmingham, dated 26 January 1796, relating to improvements in weighing machines for waggons, etc.[1]

1808 An advertisement in 'Bisset's Magnificent Guide or Grand Copper Plate Directory for the Town of Birmingham, 1808' shows a view of William Whitmore’s Manufactory. The Directory describes him as an 'Engineer and manufacturer of all Kinds of rolling and flatting Mills, Machines for weighing Barges, Boats, Waggons, &c., Engines, Lathes, Stamps, Presses and Lancashire Watch-tools &c.' [2]

In the early 19th century, Newhall Hill, Birmingham, was the site of extensive sandpits. The sand was used for building and as foundry moulding sand. The Whitmore Arm was a branch canal off the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal. William Whitmore owned a foundry alongside the new arm and was involved in building the Stratford Canal. [3]

Appointed Engineer to the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, 23 January 1811 [4]

Responsible for Edstone Aqueduct and Wootton Wawen Aqueduct.

1819 September. Died. At Aston Furnace, in his 72nd year, William Whitmore, formerly of Birmingham, 'an engineer of very considerable eminence'.[5]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Repertory of Arts, Manufactures, and Agriculture: Volume IX, 1798
  2. [1] 'Revolutionary Players' website
  3. [2] Newhall Square website
  4. 'A Biographical Dictionary of Civil Engineers', edited by A. W. Skempton, Thomas Telford Publishing, 2002
  5. Oxford Journal - Saturday 18 December 1819