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John Price (1846-1913)

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John Price (1846-1913) of Price and Reeves and Price, Wills and Reeves


1914 Obituary [1]

JOHN PRICE, born on the 12th June, 1846, died at Wimbledon on the 25th June, 1913.

In earlier life he was associated with the construction of the Metropolitan District, Barry, Cambrian and Kettering railways, the Severn and Sevenoaks tunnels, and held charge, as contractor’s engineer, of six sections of the Manchester Ship Canal.

In 1893, as a contractor in partnership with Mr. T. J. Reeves and Mr. C. J. Wills, he carried out contracts for the Central London, Hampstead, and Piccadilly tube railways, docks at Portsmouth, Newport, Immingham and Bombay, Fraserburgh and Heysham harbours, railways in Surrey, Lincolnshire and South Wales, Rotherhithe tunnel, and other important enterprises.

Mr. Price was elected an Associate of The Institution on the 7th December, 1897.


1913 Obituary[2]

"... the death of Mr. John Price, a member of the contracting firms of Messrs. Price and Reeves and Price, Wills and Reeves, which took place at his home, South Bank, Lansdowne Road, Wimbledon, on the 25th June.

Mr. Price, who was in his 68th year, was in his earlier days associated with the construction of the Cambrian Railway, the Sevenoaks Tunnel, the Metropolitan District Railway, the East London Railway, the Kettering and Manton Railway, the Severn Tunnel, and the Barry Railway, in a greater portion of which he was acting for the late Mr. T. A. Walker. He also had charge of the six lower sections of the Manchester Ship Canal until the work was re-let by the Manchester Ship Canal Company.

In 1893 he commenced work on his own account with Mr. T. J. Reeves and Mr. C. J. Wills, and the following, among others, are the works which have been executed: New docks, 14 and 15, for the Admiralty, Portsmouth Dockyard; Crowhurst, Sidley and Bexhill Railway, the Central London Tube Railway, sections 1, 2 and 3; the Whitechapel and Bow Railway; the Charing Cross, Euston and Hampstead Tube Railway; the Hammersmith to Holborn section of the Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Tube Railway; the Tredegar Dry Dock, Newport, Monmouthshire; the Rotherhithe Tunnel under the river Thames; and the Embankment wall for the new County Hall, Westminster, S.E., for the London County Council; the new 40-acre dock and railway con tracts for the Barry Railway Company; the Tuxford and Lincoln section of the Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast Railway; Fraserburgh Harbour; Heysham Harbour for the Midland Railway Company; Immingham Docks for the Humber Commercial Railway and Dock Co|Humber Commercial Railway and Dock Company; and Bombay Docks now in course of consturction for the Bombay Port Trust.

Mr. Price was elected an associate of the Institution of Civil Engineers on the 7th day of December, 1897


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