John Hemingway

Contractor for the masonry

He was a Yorkshireman and stonemason by trade. Born in Dewsbury, he travelled about, working on the various railway engineering works of the time. He was honoured, he said, to work alongside Robert Stephenson on his innovative design and assist in working out such a project.

He lived at Craig Owen, on Cadnant Road, in Menai Bridge with his second wife Sarah and his family. His daughters were married from there. Sadly both his sons died at a young age and thus the Hemingway name died with him.

John Hemingway - stonemason and contractor
John Hemingway – stonemason and contractor
  • John Hemingway  – a profile of John Hemingway 1795-1872 contractor, with details of his family and of the various projects in which he was involved, including Bute St Docks and Port Penrhyn as well as many railway bridges and viaducts.
  • His Portrait – through his daughter’s descendants, a portrait of John Hemingway has survived. After restoration it now hangs as part of the Exhibition at Menai Heritage.The restoration of the portrait was funded by private donations and a grant from PRISM (Preservation of Industrial and Scientific Material) funded by Arts Council, England


  • The artist is BS Marks, a well-known portrait painter of Cardiff and London.
  • View the painting at the Art UK web site.
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