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Nowell, Hemingway and Pearson

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The partnership of Benjamin Jonathan Nowell, John Hemingway and Charles Pearson

1840s Tendered for various contracts; carried out the stonework for the Britannia Bridge

1848 A series of seven arched bridges collapsed, in sequence, during their construction of the Ardwick branch of the L&YR, due to premature removal of the wooden centering of the seventh arch. The company had to bear to ~£500 cost of reconstruction[1]

1849 Advertised for sale plant and equipment used in construction of Ardwick branch of L&YR. Office location given as Beswick[2]

1852 Partnership dissolved: Benjamin Jonathan Nowell and John Hemingway, of Isle of Anglesea, Joseph Benjamin Hemingway, of Saint Mellons, and Charles Pearson, of Leequith [Leckwith?], contractors for public works, 24th Feb. Debts by Nowell.[3]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 11 March 1848
  2. Leeds Mercury, 23 June 1849
  3. Perry's Bankrupt Gazette - Saturday 20 March 1852
  • A biographical dictionary of civil engineers in Great Britain and Ireland By A. W. Skempton