DUNCANSON


DUNCANSON
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15.1.1852 Liverpool/UK - 2.4.1913 Liverpool/UK
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Thomas Duncanson was educated at the Liverpool College and then served a pupilage under Thomas Duncan and Alexander Duncanson, water engineers to the Liverpool Corporation. In 1879 Duncanson was appointed engineer in the Liverpool water works under George Frederick Deacon (1843-1909) at Lake Vyrnwy during the construction of the dam. From its completion in 1891 Duncanson was the assistant water engineer of Liverpool and took part thereby in the extensive engineering work. He was a full Member of the Liverpool Engineering Society from 1903 and in the term 1907-08 held the position of president. In 1912, Duncanson there was awarded the title Honorary Treasurer.
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Lake Vyrnwy is a reservoir built on tributaries of the River Severn designed mainly as a water supply reservoir for Liverpool and some water available for river regulation. The lake was created by building a dam near the headwaters of the river close to Melverley. When the reservoir was formed, a village in the valley was flooded and the villagers were provided with new housing nearby. It was the first large masonry dam to be built in the UK and after completion in 1888 it created the largest artificial reservoir in Europe. The reservoir's straining tower is a renowned Gothic pointer tower 50 m high, with an arched bridge running to the shore. The aqueduct from the lake to Liverpool is 110 km long and continues to be used for water supply.
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Anonymous (1913). Thomas Duncanson. Trans. Liverpool Engineering Society 34: 448. Anonymous (1913). Thomas Duncanson. Minutes Proc. Institution of Civil Engineers 193: 359. Duncanson, T. (1906). Correspondence: Water supply. Minutes Proc. Institution of Civil Engineers 167(1): 230-261.
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