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John Waddington (1822-1910)

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John Waddington (1822-1910) of Bray, Waddington and Co

1822 March 16th. Born at Bradford the son of Richard Waddington

1851 Living at 3 Lyddon Terrace, Leeds (age 29 born Bradford), Engineer and Iron Founder. With his wife Mary Ann (age 26 born Bradford) and their daughter Sarah E. (age 1 year 10 months). Also one servant. [1]

1856 of New Dock Iron Works, Leeds

1861 Living at Clarendon Place, Leeds (age 39 born Bradford), Ironfounder employing about 500 men. With his wife Mary A. (age 36 born Leeds) and their children Mary E. (age 7), John (age 6), Annie (age 4), Charlotte (age 3), Richard (age 2) and William S. (age 1). Also three servants. [2]

1871 Living at Hope Villa, Lewisham (age 49 born Bradford), Mechanical Engineer. With wife Mary A. (age 47) and their children Sarah E. (age 21), Charles (age 18), Annie (age 14), William (age 10), Louisa (age 9), Samuel S. (age 8) and Ada (age 6). Also two servants. [3]

1891 Living at 56 West Hill, Lewisham, London (age 69 born Bradford), Consulting Engineer. With his wife Mary A. (age 66) and their children Samuel S. (age 28), a Civil Engineer and Louisa (age 29). Also two servants. [4]

1910 July 9th. Death at Lancing, Sussex age 88 years, formerly of Bray Waddington and Co and of 35 King William Street, London. [5]

1910 Obituary. Son of Richard Waddington. His firm Bray, Waddington and Co constructed the ironwork for Victoria Bridge and the first railway bridge over the River Thames in 1859. 67 years ago he was a pupil in the locomotive department of the Hull and Selby Railway. [6]


1910 Obituary [7]

JOHN WADDINGTON was born at Bradford on 16th March 1822, being the son of Mr. Richard Waddington, who manufactured the first wheels and axles for George Stephenson for the Liverpool and Manchester Railway.

He served his pupilage in the locomotive department of the Hull and Selby Railway.

Subsequently he became a member of the firm of Bray, Waddington and Co., New Dock Iron Works, Leeds, who constructed in 1859 the ironwork of the first railway bridge over the River Thames.

He retired from the firm in 1866 and started as a consulting engineer in London in the same year. Latterly he had ceased to take an active part in the business of his firm, and went to live in the country.

His death took place at Lancing, Sussex, on 9th July 1910, in his eighty-ninth year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1856.


1910 Obituary [8]

JOHN WADDINGTON died on the 9th July, 1910, at Lancing, Sussex, in his 89th year.

Trained in the locomotive department of the Hull and Selby Railway, he afterwards joined the firm of Bray, Waddington and Company, manufacturing engineers, of Leeds, who constructed the ironwork for Victoria Bridge, the first railway bridge over the Thames at London, in 1859.

Mr. Waddington had been a very active worker in an engineering business in London since 1866, along with his sons.

He was elected an Associate of The Institution on the 2nd December, 1862.


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Sources of Information

  1. 1851 Census
  2. 1861 Census
  3. 1871 Census
  4. 1891 Census
  5. The Times, Wednesday, Jul 20, 1910
  6. The Times, Saturday, Jul 23, 1910
  7. 1910 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries
  8. 1910 Institution of Civil Engineers: Obituaries