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Robert Vazie

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Robert Vazie (1758- )

1758 Robert Vazie was the second son of Robert Vazie (b. 1727) and was baptised at Hexham. Northumberland, on 20 January 1758. His brother was William Vazie.

1783 First patent application. For using steam in obtaining salts.

1802 Robert Vazie proposes a tunnel between Rotherhithe and Limehouse.

1804 Patent for Girth and Harness Buckles. [1]

1805 The newly formed Thames Archway Co is empowered to undertake the project. Robert Vazie, a Cornish engineer, was selected by the Thames Archway Co to drive a tunnel - known as the Thames Drift Tunnel - under the River Thames at Rotherhithe.

1807 Work on the tunnel commenced. Vazie encountered serious problems with water influx and got no further than sinking the end shafts when the directors called in Richard Trevithick for consultation. Vazie left the project on the 19th October 18?? when the tunnel was just 394 feet

1808 Papers relating to plans to construct a tunnel through Highgate Hill and later a turnpike road to bypass Highgate and other hills in north London, including 'Observations on the intended archway through Highgate Hill' by Robert Vazie, Civil Engineer.

1809 Highgate Archway: During the opening years of the nineteenth century an engineer called Mr Robert Vazie proposed a public road to be cut through a tunnel through the hill. Work commenced in 1809, but on the morning of 13th April 1812 the tunnel collapsed (fortunately in the early hours of the morning; no one was injured).

1810 A plan of "The Intended Junction from Kentish Town to the Line of the Highgate Archway" prepared by Robert Vazie, surveyor, in September, 1810

1811 Prospectus of a plan for making a new turnpike road from the City of London to Potters Bar, in the present road to Hatfield; to be called the New North Road', 1811, and reports to the Postmaster General from Thomas Hasker, Surveyor and Superintendent of Mail Coaches.

1811 Engineer to the Highgate Archway Co [2]

1814 October. His daughter Harriet marries Captain Henry Taylor RN.

1822 He sues Mr Agar for his costs [3]

1823 September 1818 Romford Canal At a meeting the proposals he developed with the promoter E. Y. Hancock were presented.

1824 Romford Canal He announced a new plan for the canal with an estimated cost of under £60,000 with locks to admit the largest lighters navigating the Thames, Lee and Regent's Canal.

1825 Report for the Medway Coal and Coke Co [4]

1828 Plans to build an aquaduct [5][6]

1829 Robert Vazie's of 2 York Square, Regent's Park, London. Corn Preserver - patent [7]

1830 That the Petitioners are in great part at present supplied with water for culinary and other domestic purposes of an impure quality; and that an Aqueduct may be conveniently made conformably to a design projected and surveyed by Robert Vazie, of York-square, Regent's Park, in the said county of Middlesex, Civil Engineer, from certain extensive springs of water issuing from grounds situate in the parish of Wimbledon, in the said county of Surrey, whence, together with the feeders and springs of water intersected by the line of the aqueduct and the lower springs, a constant supply of nutritious and pure water may be conveyed to or towards the Metropolis, which would be of considerable advantage to the Petitioners, and prove of great public utility; and praying, That leave may be given to bring in a Bill for the same.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Wednesday, Apr 25, 1804
  2. The Times, Friday, May 17, 1811
  3. The Times, Tuesday, Dec 10, 1822
  4. The Times, Monday, Mar 14, 1825
  5. The Times, Friday, Nov 28, 1828
  6. The London Gazette Publication date:28 November 1828 Issue:18527 Page:2205
  7. The Times, Tuesday, Jul 28, 1829