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George William Keeling

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George William Keeling (1839-1913)

1859 Engaged in making a survey of the river Severn for Mr. Clegram.

After that he paid much attention to the question of crossing the river, and from his investigations concluded that the best and most economical site for a bridge was near Purton Passage.

1870 He persuaded Mr. G. Wells Owen to join him, and together they deposited plans for a scheme crossing the river at this point near Purton Passage which became the Severn Railway Bridge[1].



1914 Obituary [2]

GEORGE WILLIAM KEELING died at Cheltenham on the 21st June, 1913, aged 74.

He was trained under the late Mr. Thomas Blackwell, whom he afterwards succeeded as engineer of the Severn and Wye goods line, which he extended and converted to passenger traffic in 1875, thus opening up the Forest of Dean. On the absorption of the line in the Great Western and Midland systems, Mr. Keeling became engineer of the Gloucester and Hereford division of the Great Western Railway, and also for some years carried on private practice.

Mr. Keeling was elected a Member of The Institution on the 20th May, 1873.


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