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Thomas Docwra and Son

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1814 Thomas was born in Huntindonshire[1]

1836 Thomas married Elizabeth Gardner; they had 5 children.

1843 Mr T Docwra was contractor for an artesian well at the Royal Hospital, Haslar, which would supply water to Southampton; surprise was expressed that pure water could be obtained through 125 feet of salt-water laden shingle[2]

1854 Mr Docwra was contractor for laying water pipes from the Rivington Waterworks in Liverpool[3]

1863 Mr T. Docwra tendered for works connected with the reservoir at Barking[4]

1867 Contractor for the Buitron and Huelva Railway in Spain[5]

1867 "The eminent hydraulic contractors", Messrs Docwra sank a well for the Stratford Brewery[6]

1868 The partnership of Grissell and Docwra, of Hoxton and Leipzig, was dissolved; contractors for obtaining and supplying water for public use in places outside the UK[7]

1868 Tendered for work on building the Embankment in London[8]

1874 Contract to construct waterworks at Potsdam[9]

1878 Drilled a deep exploration well for the New River Co using a novel drill from the Diamond Drill Co[10]

1882 Thomas died at Swanage[11]

1888 T. Docwra and Son were contractors for the Hornsey National Hall[12]

1895 Mentioned as user of Hunter, Fraser and Goodman's patented sand washing apparatus[13]

1908 Contractor to the Metropolitan Water Board for pumping at the Selshurt Well[14]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1871 Census
  2. The Morning Post, November 30, 1843
  3. Liverpool Mercury, Friday, December 8, 1854
  4. Daily News, January 31, 1863
  5. The Morning Post, April 12, 1867
  6. The Morning Post, November 22, 1867
  7. Liverpool Mercury, January 13, 1868
  8. The Times, Jun 20, 1868
  9. The Standard, December 02, 1874
  10. The Standard, December 25, 1878
  11. National Probate Calendar
  12. The Times, Jun 25, 1888
  13. The Times, Feb 25, 1895
  14. The Times, Mar 30, 1908