||John Mowlem was born in 1788 at Swanage,
Dorset. In 1807 he moved to London to join the Government
Mason's Department and rose to become general foreman.
In 1840 he enlisted two partners to form Mowlem, Burt
and Freeman and secured their first major contract to
repave Blackfriars Bridge. After this success the firm
later went on to repave London Bridge and the Strand.
John Mowlem himself died aged 80 in 1868.
After WWII, bomb damage repair was carried out for Buckingham
Palace and continued throughout London up to 1955 - the
House of Commons being completely rebuilt in 1947. The
latest phase in Mowlem's history has been marked by several
notable contracts which are now among the nation's landmarks:
the NatWest Tower, Westminster Abbey's restoration, the
Docklands Light railway, and the present London Bridge.
In London, Mowlem won contracts for various high profile
buildings such as Bush House, Admiralty Arch and the Regent
|In 1902 the first Royal warrant was
granted to Mowlem which has since been renewed by each
successive monarch. In 1924 John Mowlem became a publicly
quoted company. Some notable projects were carried out
in this period, many of which can still be seen today.
Cleopatra's Needle was erected on the Embankment by Mowlem
in 1878. A considerable amount of civic building was also
undertaken for the London County Council. During WWI there
were several large projects from the War Office for munitions
factories and aerodromes, and also dock and jetty construction,
water mains, reservoirs and housing schemes. For more
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