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William Steains Vaughan

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1844 Born in Bebington, Cheshire

Educated at Dollar Academy

1859-1865 Pupil at Robert Napier and Sons

Manager of John Abbot and Co, Gateshead

Also at Weardale Iron and Coal Co, bridge building works at St. Peters, Newcastle upon Tyne where he supervised the design and erection of many bridges including the Ouseburn Viaduct for the North Eastern Railway Co.

1870 Began his practice as civil engineer in Newcastle

1881 William Stains Vaughan 37, civil engineer, lived in Newcastle with Mary Amery Vaughan 36, Ella Vaughan 8, Margaret Wedgewood Vaughan 6, William Amery Vaughan 4, Mervyn Vaughan 1[1]

1893 Patent with William Martin Scott and Edward Richards on improvement in construction of girders.

Designed 2 large bridges in Iceland for the government and pier in Rekjavik.

Prepared plans for Alnmouth Harbour.

Director of Blyth Shipbuilding Co and MD of Leeds Steel Works

1898 Elected a Member of the Inst of Civil Engineers

1925 Died in Gosforth[2]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1881 census
  2. national probate calendar
  • Civil engineer records