Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Selected: CO. CORK, CORK, LEE ROAD, WATERWORKS

Name: BENSON, JOHN (SIR)
Building: CO. CORK, CORK, LEE ROAD, WATERWORKS
Date: 1857-59
Nature: Contract for building reservoirs given to John Moore, May 1857;  contract for preparatory excavations and building retaining walls for engine house and  coal yard given to Peter R. Roddy, May 1857. Contractor for engine house, boiler house and chimney: Gerald Mahony. Contractor for turbine house: John Moore. Reservoir 'lately built' 180 ft above river in Aug 1858.  Engine capable of raising 2 million galls. of water per day to it; 160 galls. raised at each stroke of pump. Boilers set by Mr Carlisle, Belfast. Higher reservoir to be built on elevation of 360 ft to supply highest localities in city will contain 630,000 gallons. 'The Cork Waterworks erected by Sir John Benson, CE, at a great expense, are most effective and produce an abundant supply of aqua vitae.'(1860).
Refs: Cork Examiner,13,27 May 1857;23 Aug 1858 (information from Roger Herlihy, Cork, Feb 2011); B 16, 28 Aug 1858, 596; DB 2, 1 Jan 1860, 186; obit. of JB in IB 16, 1 Nov 1874, 303;  Colin Rynne, The Industrial Archaeology of Cork City and its Environs  (1999),230-233.