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Edward Garlick

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Edward Garlick (1822-1900)


1900 Obituary [1]

EDWARD GARLICK, born in 1822, served his engineering apprenticeship to Mr. Philip Park, of Preston.

His first important engagement was that of Resident Engineer on the Fleetwood, Preston and West Riding Junction Railway, which post he held for three years, being responsible during that time for the construction of the tunnel under the town of Preston.

He then acted for two years as an assistant to Mr. Park, and in 1851 joined the firm of Park, Son and Garlick, and carried on business in Preston.

Among the works executed by Mr. Garlick may be mentioned the Sea Wall, Carriage Drive and Promenade at Blackpool, and the construction of many miles of embankment on the Lancashire coast.

As Engineer to the Ribble Navigation Company he constructed the old quays and river training-walls, and reclaimed from the sea several hundred acres of land. He was appointed Engineer to the Ribble Navigation after the Corporation purchased the undertaking, and he subsequently designed the present dock, tidal basin and river diversion, and the dredging plant, but owing to ill-health he was compelled to relinquish the work and to retire from business for a time.

Mr. Garlick was for many years Engineer and Steward to the Corporation of Preston, in which capacity he carried out many town improvements, including the cattle markets and the large covered market, as well as various works for the water-supply of Preston.

In 1868, a very dry season, the storage in the reservoirs was all but exhausted. To meet this emergency, Mr. Garlick erected two engines which pumped water out of the Hodder, the only available supply, the water being conveyed down an aqueduct 7 miles long, with little fall and one incline, the entire work being completed in a few days.

Mr. Garlick constructed many waterworks reservoirs, and at the time of his death, which took place at Preston on the 13th January, 1900, was Engineer to the Fylde Waterworks. For many years he was frequently engaged as a witness in arbitration cases and before Parliamentary Committees.

He was elected a Member of the Institution on the 8th January, 1861.



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