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William Booth Scott

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William Booth Scott (1822-1891)

1892 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM BOOTH SCOTT was the son of Mr. John Scott, at one time editor of The Morning Advertiser, and was born in London on the 18th of August, 1822.

He was articled, about the year 1838, to Mr. E. Jones, architect and surveyor, whom he assisted in making extensive surveys in Surrey and in the Isle of Sheppy.

On the expiration of his articles he was employed under the late Mr. I. K. Brunel as an Assistant Engineer, first at the Ipswich Docks for about eighteen months, and subsequently on the Wilts and Somerset Railway.

He next entered the Department of the Metropolitan Commissioners of Sewers, and rendered valuable assistance in the preparation of the great scheme for the drainage of London originally designed by the late Frank Foster. The laborious studies and calculations for that scheme were made at the office in Hatton Garden of the Metropolitan Commissioners of Sewers.

On the breaking up of this department, and the creation of the Metropolitan Board of Works, Mr. Scott was appointed, in 1856, to the office of Chief Surveyor to the Vestry of St. Pancras, which post he held until his death.

Mr. Scott, therefore, was identified with every great work of improvement in the parish of St. Pancras during the last five-and-thirty years. One which he considered most useful was the making of Battle Bridge Road, opened to the public in 1873. . . . [more]

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