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John Smeaton's Workshop

John Smeaton
c.1935 John Smeaton was born in 1724 at Austhorpe Lodge, moving to London at the age of 18, initially to train as an attorney. He began a manufacturing firm in 1750 making mathematical instruments before becoming a mechanical and civil engineer most famous for building the Eddystone Lighthouse off the Plymouth coast. He also worked on the Aire and Calder Navigation and the Firth-Clyde Canal. John Smeaton died in 1792 and is buried at Whitkirk Church. This view shows the ivyclad remains of his workshop in the grounds of Austhorpe Lodge.

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