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Daniel Asher Alexander

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Daniel Asher Alexander (1768-1846), architect, engineer and surveyor

1768 Born in London

1792 Appointed surveyor for the Rochester bridges trust.

1794 After William Vaughan had proposed introduction of "wet" docks to improve the capacity of London, Alexander began working for the prospective London Docks Co, by which time he had already designed warehouses.

For the London Docks, Alexander planned 2 linked docks with area of 35 acres, with entrances at Wapping and Blackwall or Shadwell.

1796 Both Alexander and Rennie gave evidence to Parliament in support of the bill for the proposal.

1800 A modified version of Alexander's proposal formed the basis for the Act that received Parliamentary approval. The company appointed him as surveyor.

1801 John Rennie (the elder) was appointed engineer. Rennie seems to have led on the design of the docks whilst Alexander handled the warehouses.

1806 Designed Dartmoor Prison

1809 Designed Maidstone Prison

1821 After the completion of the second entrance, Alexander left the company.

Appointed surveyor to Trinity House

1846 Died in Yarmouth, Isle of Wight.


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Sources of Information

  • A Biographical Dictionary of Civil Engineers in Great Britain and Ireland, by A. W. Skempton