Marriott Ogle Tarbotton should be better known as a important figure in the history and development of the City of Nottingham.
Tarbotton was born in Leeds on 6 December 1834. He was the eldest son of Samuel Tarbotton (1801 – 1850), Druggist and Drysalter and his wife Grace Ogle (1802-1884).
Tarbotton first came Borough Engineer at Wakefield from 1855 until he was appointed to the same position in Nottingham in 1859, a position he held until 1880.
During his time in Nottingham Tarbotton brought many important changes to the City.
He first cultivated the River Leen which by the mid 1800s was a sight of disease and illness.
Marriott brought many advances, beginning with the lavish classically-designed Papplewick pumping station of 1884 (now restored). He also started the modern sewage system, with the Stoke Bardolph sewage disposal works, and he was the world’s first municipal engineer to use subways under the streets to carry public services. This planned construction of the underground sewerage system for the city, was the first outside of London. His legacy includes Burton Joyce, the first station to pump water from boreholes to Nottingham in 1898.
Tarbotton also designed modern Trent Bridge. Construction started in 1868 and was completed in 1871 by Derbyshire iron maker, Andrew Handyside. The general contractor was Benton and Woodiwiss of Derby. It was completed at a cost of £30,000.
There were three main cast iron arch spans each 100 feet (30 m) braced by wrought iron girders. The width between the parapets was 40 feet (12 m).
The new Trent Bridge formed part of a series of works along the banks of the river to improve flood defences by the construction of stepped, stone embankments.
Tarbotton also in 1856, designed the monument to mark the site of the ancient holy well at St Ann’s. He designed a significant brick monument so that the centuries old St Ann’s well would not be lost from memories. Tarbotton built the monument at a cost of £100 on a prominent location and enclosed it within iron railings, the entrance being on the Wells Road.
In 1887, the site of the monument was demolished to make way for an embankment and viaduct to carry the Nottingham Suburban Railway.
In his private life Marriott married Emma Maria Stanfield (ca. 1832 – 1915) on 8 September 1857. They had three children:
- Minnie Grace Tarbotton 1861 – 1920
- Lilian Mary Tarbotton 1863 – ?
- Harold Ogle Tarbotton 1869 – ?
He died in Nottingham on 6 March 1887 and was buried in the Church Rock Cemetery. Today a very elaborate and Gothic looking grave marks where he is buried (see photo and video).