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Sir William Cubitt
Personal information
Nationality English
Birth date 1785
Birth place Norfolk
Date of death 1861
Engineering Discipline civil engineer
Institution memberships Institution of Civil Engineers (president}
Significant projects The Crystal Palace Welwyn Viaduct

Sir William Cubitt (1785–1861) was an eminent English civil engineer and millwright. Born in Norfolk, England, he was employed in many of the great engineering undertakings of his time. He invented a type of windmill sail and the prison treadwheel, and was employed as chief engineer, at Ransomes of Ipswich, before moving to London. He worked on canals, docks, and railways, and the Crystal Palace at Hyde Park in 1851.

He was president of the Institution of Civil Engineers between 1850 and 1851.[1]

Structures that still exist include:


  1. ^ Watson, Garth (1988), The Civils, London: Thomas Telford Ltd, p. 251, ISBN 0-727-70392-7 

This article incorporates text from the public domain 1907 edition of The Nuttall Encyclopædia.

Cubitt also constructed Penton Lodge, which is located in Penton Mewsey,

Professional and academic associations
Preceded by
Joshua Field
President of the Institution of Civil Engineers
December 1849 – December 1851
Succeeded by
James Meadows Rendel


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