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BRINDLEY, James (1716-1772)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/0036
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Full title: BRINDLEY, James (1716-1772)
Date(s): 1770
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.07 linear metres.
Name of creator(s): Brindley | James | 1716-1772 | civil engineer


Administrative/Biographical history:

James Brindley (1716-1772) was a civil engineer who initially trained as a millwright. He began to design improvements to machinery, moving on to drainage schemes and then to hydraulics and canal design and construction. He became a prominent designer of canals from the 1850s onwards, working on the Bridgewater Canal among others. In 1770 he surveyed the Thames and made suggestions for improvements to the river navigation.

Source of information: K. R. Fairclough, 'Brindley, James (1716-1772)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004.

Monkey Island is a privately owned island in the River Thames, situated near Bray in Berkshire. From 1723 it was owned by Charles Spencer, the Duke of Marlborough, who used it as a base for fishing and constructed several notable Palladian-style buildings. In the 1840s it became a popular destination for day-trippers, who would pause there while on boating excursions. Notables including Edward VIII, Edward Elgar, HG Wells, Clara Butt and Nellie Melba visited the island. The name is probably derived from the original name Monks' Eyot, after the monks who first used the island; eyot being an Old English word meaning island.

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Scope and content/abstract:

Plan by James Brindley, civil engineer, of a proposed canal between Monkey Island and Isleworth.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

One item.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the City of London.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in March 1935.

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Description Notes

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Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
January to May 2011.

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