On This Day 9 June 1845 John James Webster was born. A resident at 81 Mount Nod Road who was a Civil Engineer.
He had worldwide reputation for bridge and pier building. He designed Britain's first transporter bridge early in 1900 and built the Shepherds Bush Stadium for the 1908 Olympic Games.
Among other structures he carried out were; Conway Suspension Bridge; Portsmouth bascule bridge; Littlehampton swing bridge and Widnes-Runcorn Transporter Bridge.
His last work was the Warrington Bridge at Bridgefoot which was one of the earliest examples of a reinforced concrete bridge.
He died at home 30 October 1914 and is buried at West Norwood Cemetery