Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

Contact us


Click the RefNo to see other items in this collection

Level Collection
RefNo DX1269
Title Michael Lane, Civil Engineer
AdminHistory Michael Lane was born at Shadwell, London, c. 1804. His engineering career started with work on the Thames Tunnel under Sir Mark Isambard Brunel, and Lane was to be associated with the Brunels more or less continuously for the rest of his life.

Lane was Resident Engineer to the Wearmouth Dock Company from 1835 to 1839, working on the new dock designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. From Sunderland, Brunel called him to work on the Great Western Railway, based at Bath. It was probably around this time that he met and married his wife, Jane, a native of Bath. Lane applied for a number of posts around the country over the next few years, and served as Engineer to the Hull Dock Company, probably between 1842-1845, in connection with the new docks which were built around that time. By late 1845, however, he had returned to Bath (if, indeed, he had not retained this connection throughout), serving as Engineer in Chief to the Great Western Railway until his death on 27 February 1868.
Date 1835-1868
Description Letters predominantly to Michael Lane, including six letters from Isambard Kingdom Brunel relating to Lane's work on Monkwearmouth Docks, Sunderland.
Extent 0.02
RelatedMaterial 202/661 volume of plans belonging to Michael Lane, mainly relating to Wearmouth Docks (1830s-1840s), including biographical note. Minutes and other records of the River Wear Commissioners shed further light on some matters referred to in these letters.

Brunel's office papers (including many references to Monkwearmouth) are held at Bristol University Library.

Michael Lane's personal journals covering the period of these letters are deposited with the Institution of Civil Engineers, London.

Powered by DServe