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Thomas Storey (1789-1859)

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Thomas Storey (1789-1859)

1825 Officer of the company of the Stockton and Darlington Railway

1829 Thomas Storey, West Auckland, Civil Engineer, Became a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.[1]

1841 Resigned from the Great North of England Railway when it was not finished at the due opening date [2]


1860 Obituary [3]

MR. THOMAS STOREY, Son of an agriculturist, at Makemerich, near Ponteland, in the County of Northumberland, was born at that place, on the 7th of December, 1789.

He received his education at Stamfordham, and served an apprenticeship under Mr. Watson, of Willington, whence he removed into Lancashire, and was employed by Clark, Roscoe, and Co, as their Mining Engineer in that county, in Wales, and in Shropshire.

In 1822, at the request of George Stephenson, with whom he was connected by marriage, he was released from his engagement under Messrs. Clark and CO., and was employed in the construction of the Stockton and Darlington Railway, for which purpose, he removed to St. Helens, Auckland, where he continued to reside until the period of his death.

He projected and formed the Great North of England Railway, of which he was the Engineer-in-chief, and on his retirement from that line, he was presented with a splendid dinner service of silver plate.

He also projected and formed the Auckland and Weardale Railway, and he was engaged on various other lines.

In person, Mr. Storey was tall and athletic, and capable of undergoing great fatigue. He possessed great decision of character, and was deservedly respected for his strict integrity and honesty of purpose. He was as scrupulously just, as an employer, towards those who served under him, as he had been when an agent, to those under whom he served. During the last few years, he lived in retirement, his health not permitting him to undertake any great public work.

He died calmly, after a short illness, on the 15th of October, 1859, in the seventieth year of his age. He had been a Member of the Institution for thirty years, having been elected on the 12th of May, 1829.


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Sources of Information

  1. 1829 Institution of Civil Engineers
  2. Robert Stephenson-the eminent engineer By Michael Reeves Bailey
  3. 1860 Institution of Civil Engineers: Obituaries