Fonds - John Coode’s engineering firm fonds

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John Coode’s engineering firm fonds

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  • 1862-1951, predominant 1862-[190-?] (Creation)

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2.8 m of textual records

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Sir John Coode was born at Bodmin on 11 November 1816. He was educated at Bodmin Grammar School before being articled to James Meadows Rendel of Plymouth. He went on to become probably the most distinguished harbour engineer of the nineteenth century. His greatest project was Portland harbour, begun in 1849 and completed in 1872 for which he received a knighthood. He was also involved with many harbour projects abroad including Columbo in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). He became a member of the international commission for the Suez canal in 1884 and served on the commission until his death in Brighton on 2 March 1892. He was elected President of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1889. His firm continued on after his death.

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The fonds consists of nearly fifty duplicate letter-books, the majority containing 100 pages each.

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Purchased at auction in 1978.


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