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H. T. Wood

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Adams, William Bridges (1797–1872), railway engineer, was born in Westminster, London, on 26 May 1797, the son of William Adams, a coach builder, and his wife, Ann. He showed an early aptitude for engineering. On 30 November 1818 he married Elizabeth, daughter of the radical ...

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Armstrong, Joseph (1816–1877), locomotive engineer, was born on 21 September 1816 at Bewcastle, Cumberland, the son of Thomas Armstrong (1785–1844), yeoman and later farm bailiff, and his wife. Joseph and his three older brothers went with their parents in 1817 to Canada where his brother ...

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Bennie, George (1891–1957), inventor, was born on 29 August 1891 in Auldhousefield, Harriet Street, Pollokshaws, near Glasgow, the second of four children of John Bennie of John Bennie Ltd, general and hydraulic engineers, and his second wife, Elizabeth Gillespie. His father, who owned the ...

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George Bennie (1891–1957) by unknown photographer, 1928 reproduced courtesy of Glasgow University Archive Services (DC85/3/9)

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Thomas Seccombe

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Blenkinsop, John (1783–1831), developer of the steam locomotive, was born near Leeds and became the principal agent of the Brandling family, who owned the extensive Middleton collieries in that district. On 10 April 1811 he obtained a patent for a new type of locomotive, developing some of the ideas embodied in the engine constructed by ...

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Churchward, George Jackson (1857–1933), railway engineer, was born at Rowes Farm, Stoke Gabriel, south Devon, on 31 January 1857, the second son in the family of three sons and two daughters of George Churchward, a farmer, and his wife, Adelina Mary Churchward, who was his cousin. He was educated at ...

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Clayton, Nathaniel (1811–1890), engineer and manufacturer of steam engines, was born on 25 August 1811 at Lincoln, the second son of Nathaniel Clayton (d. 1827), of Lincoln. His father was the proprietor of a horse-drawn packet boat that plied the River Witham...

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Crampton, Thomas Russell (1816–1888), railway and civil engineer, was born on 6 August 1816, at Broadstairs, Kent, the son of John Crampton and his wife, Mary. He received his education at a private school. In 1831 he was articled to John Hague, engineer, of ...

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Thomas Russell Crampton (1816–1888) by unknown engraver, 1860s Heritage Images Partnership