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John Bowden (1841-1905)
1906 Obituary 
JOHN BOWDEN, born on the 8th May, 1841, near Morpeth, Northumberland, became assistant surveyor to the Preston Corporation in 1863, and after serving in this capacity for a period of 5 years, obtained an appointment as District Surveyor to the Salford Corporation. His connection with the latter body lasted until 1872, during which time he was engaged in the design and execution of extensive sewerage and other works, including the main intercepting sewer of the borough to Mode Wheel.
In 1872 Mr. Bowden was appointed Surveyor of the Trafford Estates near Manchester and in Cheshire, a position which he held for a period of 31 years. During this period he also engaged in private practice as an architect and surveyor in Manchester, and carried out several important drainage schemes in the neighbourhood.
He died at Glossop, Derbyshire, on the 16th November, 1905, in his sixty-fifth year.
Mr. Bowden was elected an Associate of the Institution on the 2nd February, 1869, and was subsequently placed in the class of Associate Members.