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Ralph Dodd

Ralph Dodd, Engineer (1756-1822)

Ralph Dodd’s prepared many unexecuted or incomplete plans for public improvements in the metropolis over a 50 year period, including Vauxhall Waterworks and a Vauxhall Bridge of masonry (a scheme taken over and redesigned by Rennie c. 1809).

In 1804,[1]he proposed waterworks for north-east London, possibly the precursor of the East London Waterworks. His proposals were set out in a paper ‘Observation on Water’ on improvements to London’s water supply.[2]

Primarily known for his failed attempt to build a tunnel underneath the Thames (1799-1802), he was also the author of an essay on canals.


[1]A Biographical Dictionary Of Civil Engineers In Great Britain And Ireland,edited by A.W. Skempton

[2]Biography of Ralph Dodd, The Literary gazette 1822: A weekly journal of literature, science, and ..., Page 553 Volume 6

leabridge.org.uk December 2012