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An Ordinary Meeting of the Institution was held at 11, Upper Belgrave Street, London,
S.W.1, on Thursday, 22nd February, 1940, at 5.30 p.m., when a Paper entitled “Some Unusual Structural Features in Recent Building Construction” was presented by Mr. L. SCOTT WHITE, M.Inst .C.E., M.I.Struct .E. Mr. P. J. BLACK, M.I.Str-uct.E., L.R.I.R.A.(THE PRESIDENT) occupied the Chair.
Captain Murray Barclay Buxton, M.C., M.A., M.Inst.C.E., who has been elected President of the Institution for the Session 1940-41, was born in Cumberland in 1889. He was educated at Repton School, where he was in the Upper Sixth and Head of the Modern Side, and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he took a 1st Class Honours Degree in the Natural Science Tripos.
BEFORE the formation of Catchment Boards under the Land Drainage Act of 1930, ther was, of course, no essential authority to take control of or to carry out works on rivers. Such control works as existed on rivers consisted of sluices built in connection with the operation of mills and of locks constructed for navigational purposes. We do not need to go back a great many years to find a period when the roads were in such a bad state of repair that many of them were almost impassable in winter and at the best of times heavy transport was only possible with very cumbersome wagons drawn by teams of eight to ten horses. In those days, therefore, water transport was the easiest and often the quickest way of carrying goods to towns situated in the neighbourhood of our large rivers. Milling of course was also actively carried on and the mill sluices were kept in a workable condition.