|||Austhorpe Lane, Austhorpe Lodge, gatehouse (Austhorpe) (5 comments)
View shows on the left the gatehouse to Austhorpe Lodge, situated on Austhorpe Lane. On the right a man is herding cattle along the unmade road. Austhorpe Lodge is notable as being the birthplace, in 1724, of the celebrated engineer John Smeaton; it had been built in 1698 by his grandfather, also called John Smeaton, not long after the building of Austhorpe Hall (1694), a little to the north on Austhorpe Lane. Both Austhorpe Lodge and the gatehouse have now been demolished.
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|||Austhorpe Lodge (Austhorpe) (6 comments)
|Undated. Large three storey brick house in gardens.The most famous resident of Austhorpe Lodge was John Smeaton who was born here in 1724 and went on to design the Aire and Calder Navigation.
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|||John Smeaton's Workshop (Austhorpe)
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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