Frederick Palmer (engineer)

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map showing the layout of the individual docks at West India Docks

Frederick Palmer (31 January 1862 – 7 April 1934)[1] was a British civil engineer.[2]

Palmer was born in Carmarthenshire, Wales in 1860.[3] Palmer undertook several projects at the West India Docks. The first was the construction of several sheds at the Import Dock between 1912 and 1917. Between 1926 and 1930 he built five more sheds at the South Dock and between 1929 and 1930 he constructed four more at the Export Dock.[4]

Palmer served as president of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) between November 1926 and November 1927.[5] His son, John Palmer, made a bequest of an endowment fund to the ICE in 1960 to mark the centenary of his father's birth. The fund provides for a monetary prize and certificate for a paper submitted to the ICE on the subject of the economic and financial aspects of civil engineering.[2]


  1. ^ Obituary in ICE Virtual Library
  2. ^ a b Institution of Civil Engineers. "Awards for papers". Archived from the original on 2008-09-28. Retrieved 2008-10-18.
  3. ^ Masterton, Gordon. "ICE Presidential Address" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-02-24. Retrieved 2008-10-18.
  4. ^ Hobhouse, Hermione (1994). Survey of London: volumes 43 and 44 – Poplar, Blackwall and Isle of Dogs. English Heritage. pp. 300–310.
  5. ^ Watson, Garth (1988). The Civils. Thomas Telford. p. 252. ISBN 0-7277-0392-7.
Professional and academic associations
Preceded by
William Henry Ellis
President of the Institution of Civil Engineers
November 1926 – November 1927
Succeeded by
Ernest Crosbie Trench