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Post  Greenrod on Fri Mar 30, 2012 9:04 am

Robert Lampen was a St Budeaux surveyor and engineer.

In 1576, Robert was paid 52s 5d to survey and draw up a map of Plymouth's first water supply, now called Drake's Leat. Drake was not involved at this stage, it was between the then Mayor, the Corporation and Robert Lampen.

In 1589 the formal contract with Drake was signed to commence the building of the Leat in accordance with Robert Lampen's detailed plans.

Robert Lampen with his brother James Lampen then employed some 35 men to build the Leat.

So it was Drake and Lampen, as agents of Plymouth Corporation, that were responsible for building the entire Leat from Headweir to the sea.

My case is that Robert Lampen, a brilliant local engineer, has been long forgotten and should be more widely recognised.

He still has direct descendants living in Plymouth.

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Post  Admin on Fri Mar 30, 2012 9:42 am

Thank you Greenrod, you have the (dubious) honour of being the first to post on this site.

That's exactly the sort of thing that this site has been set up for, and I confess to having learnt something new tonight.

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Post  Greenrod on Sat Mar 31, 2012 6:54 am


Many thanks Pasty Muncher - maybe it should be renamed Lampen's Leat.

The link also mentions advising on fortifications. I believe this refers to Plymouth's Royal Citadel.

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Post  Forum Mod on Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:20 am

On this day in 1591 Drakes Leat was completed

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drake's_Leat
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