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John Snape

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John Snape (1737-1816) was a surveyor and worked on mapping towns (Birmingham, Lichfield and Walsall)and canals.

He surveyed the land for the Birmingham Canals in 1782 and in 1783 he became a member of the Society of Civil Engineers.

In 1785 he and Samuel Bull surveyed the land for an extension to the Birmingham Canal to Dudley.

In 1789 he mapped the Worcester and Birmingham Canal with Josiah Clowes.

He worked on the Grand Junction Canal in 1802 and on improvements on the Birmingham Canal in 1805.

In 1808 he surveyed the Walsall Canal.

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Sources of Information

  • A biographical dictionary of civil engineers in Great Britain and Ireland ... By A. W. Skempton