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Walter Hunter I

Walter Hunter I, Millwright (1772-1852)

In 1807-8, Hunter entered a partnership with William English (1807-1850). In 1837, they installed steam pumping engines, pumping equipment, and water wheels at the Lea Bridge Mill of the East London Waterworks.

Hunter & English Millwrights (sometimes referred to as ‘Rennie Hunter & English’)[1]were associated with Mr. Rennie and Ralph Walker.[2]

Walter Hunter was engaged at the Soho Works of Boulton & Watt before travelling to London to act as Foreman to John Rennie.[3]

In 1833, Hunter and English fabricated balancing gates for the Old Ford Works supervised by Thomas Wicksteed. The gates impounded tidal water in reservoirs which could be released to compensate for water abstracted at Lea Bridge.[4]

It was said of Hunter; ‘in him disappears almost the last of the race of clever English millwrights’.[5]


References

[1] The Mechanics Magazine, Volume 92, March 11.1870

[2] OBITUARY. WALTER HUNTER, 1772-1852. Minutes of the Proceedings, SESSION 1852-1853 Volume 12, Issue 1853, January 1853, pages 161 - 163

[3] Minutes of proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Volume 12

[4] The Civil Engineer And Architect's Journal, Volume 3. William Laxton. February 1840

[5] Minutes of proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Volume 12

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