Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

English engineer, for whom see Oxford DNB and the obituary in Min.Proc.ICEI 106 (1890-91), 321-335.(1) Before he was twenty John Hawkshaw became an assistant to ALEXANDER NIMMO ALEXANDER NIMMO , who was then chiefly engaged on public works in Ireland, although Hawkshaw himself seems to have been mainly employed at this time on surveying a line of railway in England. In 1860 he was appointed sole Royal Commissioner to decide on the best means of supplying Dublin with water, and recommended that RICHARD HASSARD'S  RICHARD HASSARD'S scheme for obtaining water from the Vartrey should be adopted. He subsequently reported on another scheme by Hassard to obtain additional water for Dublin from the Dodder, which was also carried out. In the early 1860s he designed the combined railway and road bridge over the River Foyle at Derry, 1860-63, and in 1873 he produced a report on the drainage of Dun Laoghaire.(2)

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(1) Another account of the greater part of Hawkshaw's career is in B 31, 13 Sep 1873, 729.
(2) IB 15, 15 Oct 1873, 275.

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Date: 1859-3
Nature: New iron rail and road bridge. Cost ca £60,000, excluding approaches. Opened 25 Sep 1863. Contractor: Joseph Butler & Co, Stanningly, near Leeds. Work directed by Charles Pagett.
Refs: DB 2, 1 Apr,1 May 1860, 240,251; 4, 15 Apr 1862, 89; 5, 1 Oct 1863, 157,164; APSD, V, L, 134