Thomas Longridge Gooch
(1 November 1808 – 23 November 1882) was civil engineer
of the Manchester and Leeds Railway
from 1831 to 1844.
Gooch was born on 1 November 1808. He was the eldest son of John and Anna Gooch; John was from Bedlington
, Northumberland, and Anna was the daughter of Thomas Longridge of Newcastle. John and Anna had ten children, and of their five sons, four became railway engineers: Thomas Longridge Gooch; John Viret Gooch
; Daniel Gooch
and William Frederick Gooch.
On 6 October 1823, Gooch was apprenticed for six years to George Stephenson
; with Stephenson, he surveyed the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway
and for years from 1826 acted as Stephenson's secretary and draughtsman on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway
(L&MR), living in Stephenson's house in Liverpool. In January 1829, Gooch became Resident Engineer for the Liverpool end of the L&MR, but in April the same year he took a temporary appointment as Resident Engineer of the Bolton and Leigh Railway
In 1830, Stephnson was appointed to survey the route of the proposed Manchester and Leeds Railway
, and Gooch was appointed his assistant. Gooch carried out most of the actual surveying for the new line, and was in charge of the construction.