John Webster (engineer)
In 1871 he moved to Ashbury Carriage & Iron Co, where he designed several bridges in India, which led to his appointment as Chief of the Bridge Department of Messrs Thos. Brassey & Co., for whom he was responsible for the construction of the Liverpool landing-stage. In 1876 he worked for a short time as assistant engineer to the Aberdeen Harbour Works before joining the Hull Dock Company as assistant engineer.
In 1881 he set up in business as a consultant, firstly in Liverpool and then in London. Some of his more notable structures included:
- the reconstruction of the Conway Suspension Bridge
- Portsmouth bascule bridge
- Littlehampton swing bridge
- Widnes-Runcorn Transporter Bridge
- Shepherds Bush Stadium for the Olympic Games of 1908
- Big Wheel at Earl's Court
- piers at Dover, Bangor, Minehead, Llandudno, Penmaenmawr, Menai Bridge, and Egremont
He was a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and was awarded their Telford Gold Medal. His last work was Warrington Bridge at Bridgefoot which was one of the earliest examples of a reinforced concrete bridge.
References and notes
- "John James Webster". Grace's Guide. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
- Thompson, Dave (2000). Bridging the Years: The Story of Runcorn-Widnes Transporter Bridge. Runcorn: Dave Thompson.
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