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John Harding (1812-1871)
1858 of Beeston Iron Works, Leeds. 
1871 September 7th. Died.
1872 Obituary 
JOHN HARDING was born at Killingworth near Newcastle-on-Tyne on 8th May 1812; and in 1827 was engaged under Mr. George Stephenson on the works of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, on the completion of which he was appointed by Mr. Stephenson as resident engineer of the Whitby and Pickering Railway, and afterwards to the Sheffield and Rotherham Railway, and thence to the Leeds end of the Midland Railway.
He was subsequently engaged as contractor upon several large works, and ultimately became a partner in the Beeston Manor Iron and Coal Works near Leeds; and continued so to the time of his death, which took place on 7th September 1871 at the age of fifty-nine.
He became a Member of the Institution in 1858.