BENJAMIN CARR LAWTON (1815-1889)

ENGINEER, PUBLIC WORKS CONTRACTOR

Benjamin Lawton, originally from Dewsbury, was an engineer involved with the construction of the Newcastle and Berwick Railway, the railways at Alston and Team Valley, and various bridges. He was also a contractor for the masonry work of the High Level Bridge and the breakwaters for the piers at the mouth of the Tyne. His grave reveals a not untypical story of tragic death and bereavement. His wife, Jane, died in October 1848 aged 36; a son, Thomas, died in January 1849 aged 4; a second wife, Elizabeth, died in July 1850 aged 20; and ten years later, a daughter, Sarah Jane, died aged just 17. His last home was in Fern Avenue, Jesmond and his third wife survived him. 
 
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