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Charles Davies (1818-1879)

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Charles Davies (1818-1879)

1882 Obituary [1]

. . . In 1836 he joined the Horseley Company’s Ironworks in Staffordshire, and served a regular apprenticeship for five years, under Isaac Dodds, Assoc. M. Inst. C.E. While engineer for these works, and subsequently manager for the Holmes Engine and Railway Plant Works, by which means he gained a thorough knowledge in practical mechanics, and much experience in bridgework, as at this time the Horseley Company were engaged in the heaviest cast-iron bridge between Warrington and London.

After leaving the Horseley Works, Mr. Davies still continued with Mr. Dodds as his draughtsman, manager, and surveyor in the making, and afterwards working of the Sheffield and Rotherham and part of the Midland Railways ; he afterwards had the whole of Mr. Dodds’ manufacturing business to conduct.

From 1840 to 1846, Mr. Davies was employed with John Stephenson and Co. on the Midland and other railways, as engineer and architect, and in keeping accounts ; after his severance with them in 1846, he entered Mr. Thomas Brassey’s office in London, as his secretary, . . .

Davies was next engaged in partnership with his brother in Wales, in quarrying and contract operations, &C., which occupied him until 1858 ; he was then, on the 16th February, 1859, appointed an assistant engineer in the Great Indian Peninsula Railway, under a three years’ agreement, . . .

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