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13-04-2011, 10:39 AM
can anyone tell me what a wagon way wright did. One of my ancesters was one in Tanfield, co, durham about 1806 and i would love to know more about hiis occupation. did he fix, or make the wooden wheels or was it completely different to that?
13-04-2011, 12:35 PM
its on a marriager certificate father s occupation and he lived in Tanfield where the waggon way, or wooden railways were.
13-04-2011, 1:19 PM
As Richard Trevithick built the first steam locomotive in 1804, your chap's occupation would pre-date railways!
So maybe a precursor of a Wainwright?
Maybe he built, and maintained, waggon-ways?
13-04-2011, 5:32 PM
The word 'railway' pre-dates steam power! OED's earliest example is from 1681.
A wagon-way is an artificial road or railway for wagons - typically coal wagons. A wagon-way wright presumably constructed or maintained the wagon way.
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