English engineer

Born: October 13, 1775, Ingram, Northumberland, England

Died: March 17, 1854

Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (1828)

Armstrong was born in Ingram, Northumberland and, after receiving little formal education, became a millwright’s apprentice in Bill Quay. In 1800 he moved to Bath and worked on several projects in the area, including the repairs to Pulteney Bridge and the construction of Bristol Harbour and Westgate Bridge. From 1821 he worked on projects in London and South East England such as Rochester Bridge and Grosvenor Canal. He was briefly the resident engineer for Marc Isambard Brunel‘s Thames Tunnel project but resigned due to poor health in August 1826, to be replaced by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. After his resignation he worked for Bramah and Co at St Katherine Docks and managing property development. He joined the Institution of Civil Engineers on 11 March 1828. In 1831 he became Bristol City Surveyor, a position he held until his death on 17 March 1854.



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Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Marc Isambard Brunel

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Thames Tunnel


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