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William Beswick Myers Beswick

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William Beswick Myers Beswick (1850-1904)

1905 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM BESWICK MYERS-BESWICK was born in Leeds on 20d July 1850.

He was the son of the late Mr. W. H. N. Myers, of that City, and took the surname of Beswick on inheriting the ancient manorial property of Gristhorpe, near Filey in Yorkshire.

He was articled to Messrs. Filliter and Rofe, hydraulic engineers, of Leeds.

Afterwards he went through the civil engineering course at Berlin university; and on his return to England he joined the staff of the late Mr. John Fraser, of Leeds, whose practice he continued to carry on in conjunction with his brother-in-law, Mr. Henry J. Fraser, until the death of the latter, when he continued in practice by himself, with offices in Westminster and Leeds.

For the last four years he was in partnership with Mr. W. P. Morison and Mr. G. F. Murray, both of whom had co-operated with him as assistants for some years.

His practice comprised the construction of many important branches of the Great Northern Railway in Yorkshire and Leicestershire, and works for the North Eastern and London and North Western Companies, including some heavy tunnelling, viaducts and a great variety of bridgework.

On the Pudsey Branch he constructed the Tyersall Bank, the extreme height of which attains to 110 feet, and contains about 600,000 cubic yards of material. He also conducted an extensive parliamentary and general consulting practice.

He was a magistrate for the North Riding of Yorkshire, and took a great interest in county affairs.

His death took place at Malvern, where he had gone for the benefit of his health, on 27th December 1904, at the age of fifty-four.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1888; and he was also a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

1905 Obituary [2]

WILLIAM BESWICK MYERS-BESWICK, son of the late W. H. N. Myers, of Leeds, was born in that city on the 2nd July, 1850, and took the surname of Beswick by royal license in 1895, after inheriting the manor of Gristhorpe, near Filey from his uncle, Mr. T. K. Beswick.

After serving a pupilage to Filliter and Rofe, between 1868 and 1871, he studied for 3 years at the University of Berlin, and on his return accepted an engagement with John Fraser, of Leeds, for whom he acted as Resident Engineer on the construction of the Batley and Dewsbury Railway, in that capacity designing and superintending the execution of all the works on the line.

After Mr. Fraser’s death, Mr. Myers-Beswick carried on his practice in Leeds and Westminster in conjunction with Mr. H. J. Fraser, under the style of John Fraser and Sons.....(more)

1905 Obituary [3]

WILLIAM BESWICK MYERS-BESWICK died at Malvern, where he had gone for the benefit of his health, on December 27, 1904, in his fifty-fifth year. In his youth he was articled to the firm of Filleter and Rolfe, civil engineers, of Leeds, and subsequently followed a course of civil engineering at the University of Berlin. He then became a member of the firm of John Fraser and Sons, Leeds, which ultimately had a branch in Westminster, which he carried on. He was associated with the construction of a number of railway undertakings, amongst which were most of the Great Northern Company's lines in Yorkshire, which involved some heavy tunnelling work and the construction of numerous bridges and embankments. He was a director of the Yorkshire Iron and Coal Co., Ltd. He was a Justice of the Peace, and took much interest in public affairs, and was held in high esteem by his large circle of friends and acquaintances.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1888.

1905 Obituary [4]

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