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Richard Badnall

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Richard Badnall, Junior, (1797-1838)

1797 February 16th. Born at Leek the son of Richard Bagnall and his wife Harriet Hopkins. They were married 20th June 1793 at Prestbury.[1]

1819 August 21st. Married at Macclesfield to Sarah Hand

1832 A very singular and interesting proposition has been made by Richard Badnall, for travelling upon undulating lines of railway in preference to straight or level lines, with the view of saving locomotive power, by the application of the natural force of gravity in the descent, to as to obtain a great momentum in making the succeeding ascent.[2]

1835 Partnership dissolved. '...the Partnership (if any) heretofore subsisting between us the undersigned, Robert Stephenson the elder, of Pendleton, near Manchester, in the County of Lancaster, Civil Engineer, and Richard Badnall the younger, of Farm-Hill, near Douglas, in the Isle of Man, Civil Engineer, was this day dissolved by mutual consent...'[3]

Note: Badnall's preposterous proposal was endorsed by Ralph Stephenson.

1838 March 28th. Died at Liverpool. Late of Highfield near Leek. Age 68 years.[4]

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Sources of Information

  1. Derby Mercury - Thursday 27 June 1793
  2. Engineers and Mechanics Encyclopedia 1839: Railways: Richard Badnall
  3. The London Gazette Publication date:8 December 1835 Issue:19333 Page:2368
  4. Wolverhampton Chronicle and Staffordshire Advertiser - Wednesday 7 March 1838