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John Hague

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John Hague (c1781-1857) of Cable Street, Shadwell, London

Born c1781

1816 Patent. John Hague, of Great Pearl Street. Spitalfields, Middlesex; for improvements in the method of expelling the molasses or syrup from sugar. [1]

1819 Assignment of Lease. John Hague of Grey Eagle Street, Spitalfields, engineer. [2]

1820 Patent for improvements to steam engines. Address is Great Pearl Street, Spitalfields, Mddx. [3]

1824 On the exportation of machinery [4]

1826 Advertising for sale the contents and lease of a saw mill. John Hague, Engineer of 36 Cable Street, Wellclose Square, London [5] [6]

1827 Edward Bell was articled to John Hague for seven years, during which time he was employed in the drainage of fens in Norfolk and Lincolnshire, the Shadwell entrance to the London Docks, the St. Kathrine’s Docks, the drainage and water supply of the city of Amsterdam, the mints at Amsterdam and Rio de Janeiro, etc.

1831 Thomas Russell Crampton was apprenticed to John Hague of Cable Street

1833 Selling a Soda Water Machine for £40. Of 36 Cable Street, Wellclose Square, London [7]

1834 John Hague, of Great Pearl Street, Spitalfields, Middlesex, Engineer, Patent for an improvement in preparing the materials for making pottery-ware, tiles etc.

1834 The first compression expansion heat pump was built by John Hague and Jacob Perkins in London in 1834.

1834 Frederick Joseph Bramwell was apprenticed to John Hague, a mechanical engineer, whose works were in Cable Street, Wellclose Square

1836 Patent Hydraulic machine. Address is Cable Street, Wellclose Square, London [8]

c.1836 The works were bought by the Blackwall Rope Railway.

1837 Legal declaration about Railway Carriage Wheels designed and patented by John Hague [9]

1838 John Hague, Engineer, of the City of London, has been employed in the Embankments of Holland and drainage in England, became a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.[10]

1839 (or 1843) One locomotive London (0-4-0) was built for the Stockton and Darlington Railway.

1839 Letter to The Times regarding Steam Vessel accidents. [11]

1841 Bramwell became the manager of Hague’s works.

1843 Under Bramwell's supervision a locomotive was built for the Stockton and Darlington Railway. The engine was taken north as deck cargo by the paddle-boat Emerald Isle, at that time the only steamer trading between London and Middlesbrough. Bramwell drove the locomotive on the line before returning to London.[12]

1843 Advert: 'To Engineers and others — Spacious Waterside Premises, Bull-head Dock, Rotherhithe.
By Mr. FULLER, on WEDNESDAY, July 12, at Twelve, the Auction Mart, by direction of the assignees of John Hague, a Bankrupt, and with concurrence of the Mortgagee (unless an acceptable offer is previously made by Private Contract), THAMES IRON WORKS, BULL-HEAD DOCK, Rotherhithe, near the Grand Surrey Canal, comprising two ranges of brick-built manufactories of commanding elevation, erected within the last four years, in the most substantial manner, at AN OUTLAY of £12,000, adapted for carrying on the business of an engineer in all its branches on a scale of magnitude.
A SPACIOUS DRY DOCK, capable of containing vessels of 300 tons burden, runs through the centre the premises, affording great facility for fitting marine engines, or for the repairs of vessels, the partial occupation of which has already produced 100l. per annum.
A WHARF, with a frontage of 202 feet next the river, and extending 203 feet in depth, the workshops comprise a light engineer's shop, 134 feet by 33 feet, an erecting shop 60 feet by 41 feet, smith’s shop, 134 feet by 35 feet; a lofty foundry, 77 feet by 47 feet; turning and pattern makers' shops, each 82 feet by 29 feet, two main chimney shafts, each 95 feet high ; two wells, affording a plentiful supply of water; and a large yard occupying
ALTOGETHER an AREA of 43,500 FEET,
five newly-erected dwelling-houses for workmen, held on a lease for a term of 60 years, at a ground rent of 200l. per annum. This property offers peculiar advantages for the business of an engineer, and the certain income arising from the dock and the convenience of carriage by land or water render the property superior to most other similar establishments in the neighbourhood of London.
May be viewed ......

Continues: 'To Engineers, Machinists, Millwrights, Ironfounders, Railway Contractors, Smiths, Builders, and others.
By Mr. FULLER, on the Premises, the Thames Iron Works, Bull-head Dock, Rotherhithe, on MONDAY, July 17, and following days, at Eleven each day, by direction of the Assignees of John Hague, Bankrupt,
The valuable MACHINERY, PLANT, and TOOLS of an Engineer, nearly new and of the best manufacture: comprising
FOUR SELF-ACTING ENGINE-TURNING LATHES, from 10 feet to 17 feet long, three engine-turning lathes from 4 feet to 13 feet long, two feet lathes, four lathes for turning and boring railway wheels, powerful boring mill for cylinders to four feet two diameter,
THREE SELF-ACTING PLANING MACHINES (nearly new),
TWO SELF-ACTING VERTICAL SLOTTING and SHAPING MACHINES, two self-acting nut-shaping machines, one screw-cutting machine, two drilling machines,
PORTABLE EIGHT-HORSE POWER CONDENSING STEAM-ENGINE, pair of six-horse high-pressure oscillating engines, one two-horse ditto, 16-horse marine engine, two steam-boilers of 10 and 20 horse power, four powerful bolt compressing machines, wrought iron cupola furnace, two octagon cast iron ditto, 100 pair flasks, two blowing machines, foundry crane, five tons flask weights, four crab cranes, three boiler plate and tyre furnaces, eight portable iron forges, two forge cranes, 14 anvils, two tons smiths’ tools,
TWENTY-THREE TONS NEW WROUGHT RAILWAY AXLES, TWENTY-EIGHT TONS RAILWAY TYRE IRON, PAIR SHEER LEGS (FIFTY FEET HIGH),
with powerful blocks, wharf crane, wrought iron gasometer, strong town cart, and large quantity of wood patterns,
HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE, and numerous other effects. To be viewed on Friday and Saturday previous to the sale, when catalogues (at 6d. each) may be had on the premises; and of Mr. Fuller, 13, Billiter-street, City.'[13]

1844 John Hague, Engineer of Rotherhithe bankruptcy proceedings [14]

1845 Sale of machine tools of John Hague, a bankrupt, at Rotherhithe. [15]

1853 Listed as a shareholder in the Unity Fire Insurance Association. Listed as John Hague, Sen. of Chamberlayne Place, Southampton, Engineer. [16]

1857 Death. 'On the 20th inst. at Southampton, in his 77th year, John Hague Esq. Civil Engineer, formerly of London and for several years Chief Engineer to His Highness the Sultan of Constantinople' [17]

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Sources of Information

  1. The European magazine, and London review, Volume 70 p284
  2. National Archives[1]
  3. The New monthly magazine, Volume 14
  4. Mechanics Magazine 1824/03/13
  5. The Times, Friday, Feb 24, 1826
  6. The Times, Wednesday, Feb 22, 1826
  7. The Times, Wednesday, Jun 26, 1833
  8. Civil engineer and architects' journal. Volume 1 p189
  9. The Times, Wednesday, Aug 16, 1837
  10. 1838 Institution of Civil Engineers
  11. The Times, Saturday, Oct 19, 1839
  12. Obituary of Frederick Bramwell
  13. Globe - Wednesday 14 June 1843
  14. The Times, Tuesday, Jun 04, 1844
  15. The Times, Thursday, Jul 24, 1845
  16. The Times, Saturday, Sep 24, 1853
  17. The Times, Saturday, Jan 24, 1857
  • British Steam Locomotive Builders by James W. Lowe. Published in 1975. ISBN 0-905100-816
  • Timothy Hackworth and the Locomotive by Robert Young. Published 1923.