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Francis Hawkes

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Francis Hawkes (1818-1880)

1882 Obituary [1]

. . . In the busy engineering years, from 1843 to 1847, he was wholly engaged on surveys and setting out of many important railways, including the Eastern Union and the London and North- Western, and at Clitheroe, Yorkshire ; also in drawing up cases for parliamentary agents, and giving evidence in committees of the Houses of Lords and Commons upon railway bills; he was generally successful in these contests, displaying great ability.

During the years 1847 to 1851 Mr. Hawkes was occupied on enclosures, schemes for drainage and waterworks, and other private engineering and architectural practice in Berkshire.

In l861 he was elected to the office of Borough Surveyor to the Corporation of Reading, and he held the appointment up to the time of his leaving England for India in 1856. . . .

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