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John Baldwin (1824-1891)
1892 Obituary  JOHN BALDWIN was born at Bolton-le-Moors, Lancashire, on the 8th March, 1824. His family removed shortly afterwards to the neighbouring town of Bury, where he was educated. In 1843 he was apprenticed to Kaye and Sons, engineers and millwrights of that town, from whom he received a thorough mechanical training. . . . the position of Assistant Engineer and Agent on the Oxford and Birmingham Railway, then (1848 to 1853) in course of construction by Peto and Betts. So rapidly did he gain the confidence of his masters, that in 1854 they placed him in responsible charge of the construction of the West End and Crystal Palace and the Wimbledon and Croydon Railways as Contractors' Engineer and Agent. He carried out these lines satisfactorily to completion.
Four years later he was entrusted, again by Messrs. Peto and Betts, with a portion of the East Kent Railway, which was opened for traffic in December, 1860.
He then took in hand the section of the London, Chatham and Dover Railway between Herne Hill and Beckenham, on which was the well-known low-level Sydenham tunnel. . . . [more]