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Mark Hyde (1823-1893)

1894 Obituary [1]

Mark Hyde was born at Sheffield on the 13th of March, 1823.

From 1844 to 1850 he was engaged in surveying and preparing for Parliament several of the railway schemes projected in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.

He then joined the staff of Mr. (now Sir John) Fowler, under whom he was employed on the construction of the eastern section of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway, between Sheffield, Grimsby and Hull.

On the completion of that work he removed to Manchester, the headquarters of that Company, in the service of which he remained as Chief Engineering Assistant until June, 1886, when ill-health compelled him to retire.

The most important works upon which Mr. Hyde was engaged during his long connection with the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway Company were the construction of the lines from Grimsby to Cleethorpe ; Godley to Woodley ; Tinsley to Rotherham ; and Rotherham to Masborough : and the doubling of the Barnsley branch. He also designed and assisted to carry out the railway between Liverpool, Warrington and Manchester, opened for public traffic in 1873.

Mr. Hyde died suddenly, from syncope, on the 10th of May, 1893. His kindly disposition and consideration for others made him a general favourite, while intercourse with him was rendered the more pleasant by his keen sense of humour, which, however, was never indulged at the expense of others.

He was elected a member of the Institution on the 5th of December, 1871.

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