Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Engineers Office

engineer's office

The Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway (L&YR) was incorporated in 1847 from an amalgamation of several existing railways companies.  The L&YR amalgamated with the London and North Western Railway on 1 January 1922, prior to the 1923 Grouping, which involved the expanded LNWR forming part of the new London Midland and Scottish Railway. The Engineers Office, Hunt’s Bank was responsible for all civil engineering works, etc. Within this office a small architect’s department provided architectural embellishment as necessary. Charles William Green and Henry Shelmerdine are known to have acted in the capacity of architect to the company, while Leigh Hall was for a time architect to the Manchester and Leeds Railway. The role was clearly defined in an advertisement of 1871.

LANCASHIRE AND YORKSHIRE RAILWAY - The Directors are prepared to receive applications from properly qualified persons for the appointment of ARCHITECT to the Company; the gentleman appointed will be required to give the whole of his time to the duties of his office, and to act under the Company Engineer. [Manchester Guardian 14 October 1871 page 3]


Sir John Hawkshaw
Chief Engineer Manchester and Leeds
Chief Engineer Lancashire and Yorkshire
Consultant Engineer Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway

Sturges Meek (qv)
Died    1888
Chief Engineer, 1850-1882  retired 1882

William Hunt (qv)
8 January 1843-29 March 1897).
1876    Chief Assistant Engineer
1882-1897    Chief Engineer

William Barton Worthington (qv)
1890-1897     Assistant Engineer
1897-1905    Chief Engineer

David Campbell Rattray
1909-1922 Chief Engineer