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Josiah Clowes 1736 - 1795

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Josiah Clowes 1736 - 1795

Canal engineer

Relationship: was assisted by John Gunnery.

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September 1775Chester CanalBecame resident engineer after apparently having previously been a carrier on the Trent & Mersey. It was not long before he was dismissed for inattention to duty.
Early 1783Thames and Severn CanalAppointed resident engineer.
1787River ThamesHe advises the Thames Commisionners on the building of Osney Lock while engineer to the Thames & Severn Canal.
Early 1789River ThamesHe was commissioned to design pound locks at St John's (Lechlade) and Buscot.
July 1789River ThamesReported on a survey he had conducted for the commissioners from Lechlade to Old Nan's Weir just above Rushey.
Autumn September 1789Thames and Severn CanalHe tried and failed to stop the summit level leaking. This led to various actions to improve the water supply of the canal.
1790Worcester and Birmingham CanalDid a survey for a broad canal around this time.
Spring March 1790Herefordshire & Gloucestershire CanalHe was appointed engineer.
April 1790Herefordshire & Gloucestershire CanalReported on the proposed canal from Hereford to Ledbury and on to Gloucester with a branch to Newent. He proposed a narrow canal taking boats of 70 feet by 8 feet and drawing 3 feet 6 inches, carrying 35 tons. The estimated cost was just under 70,000.
Early June 1790Dudley Canal Line No 1Was appointed engineer at one and a half guineas a day with the task of finishing Dudley Tunnel.
1791Leeds and Liverpool CanalWas asked his opinion on Foulridge Tunnel and possible alternatives to it.
14 July 1791Herefordshire & Gloucestershire CanalHe was asked to estimate for a canal "on a reduced scale" by the first shareholder's meeting.
1792Dudley Canal Line No 2Appointed engineer at 3 guineas a day and 4 guineas a journey expenses.
1792Gloucester & Sharpness Ship CanalDid surveys for the line of the Gloucester & Berkeley Canal.
1793Shrewsbury CanalAppointed engineer.
June 1793Herefordshire & Gloucestershire CanalDue to concerns that the proposed aqueduct across the River Severn would cause flooding he proposed a level crossing of the river and a cut across Alney Island to Gloucester.
November 1793Stratford upon Avon CanalHe began work building the canal.
1794Shrewsbury CanalHad begun to build a stone aqueduct at Longdon-on-Tern that was destroyed by floods in early 1795.

 

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