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Augustus Lea Bricknell

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Augustus Lea Bricknell (1841-1931) of Merlin Engineering Works, Brixton London, S.W.

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Born at Swansea the son of George Simcox Yates Bricknell

1863 Married to Sarah Eliza Quatremaine and had two sons and a daughter.

1866 Patent. '1286. To Augustus Lea Bricknell, of Stratford-on-Avon, in the county of Warwick, Cabinet Maker, for the invention of "improvements in apparatus applicable as a rotary engine, pump, and water meter."'[1]

1867 Patent. '1671. And Augustus Lea Bricknell, of Stratford-on-Avon, in the county of Warwick, has given the like notice in respect of the invention of "improvements in rotary pumps."'[2]

1869 Patent. '3551. And Augustus Lea Bricknell, of Stratford-upon-Avon, in the county of Warwick, has given the like notice in respect of the invention of " improvements in gates and in the posts or supports for the same."'[3]

1869 Patent. '3363. And Augustus Lea Bricknell, of Stratford-upon-Avon, in the county of Warwick, has given the like notice in respect of the invention of "improvements in apparatus applicable as a rotary engine pump and water meter."'[4]

1870 '...Bankruptcy Petition against Augustus Lea Bricknell, of Stratford-upon-Avon, Engineer and Ironfounder...'[5]

Lived in America for six years. Returned to UK and had contract with Hansard Co before entering the cycle trade. Later took up a creamery in Gloucestershire.[6]

1876 '... letters patent for the invention of "improved cast metal pulleys and the method of manufacturing the same," a communication to him from abroad by Augustus Lea Bricknell, a citizen of London, England, but at present residing in Nashville, in the county of Davidson, and State of Tennessee, and Alexander Allison Hall, of said Nashville, county of Davidson, and State of Tennessee, both in the United States of America...'[7]

1881 Living at 44, Dulwich Road, Lambeth: Augustus Lea Bricknell (age 39 born Swansea), Mechanical Engineer. With his wife Sarah and three children. Also MIL and two SIL.[8]

1891 Bankrupt. Augustus Lea Bricknell, Evenlode Steam Creamery, Evenlode, Worcestershire, dairyman and butter factor.[9]

1893 Augustus Lea Bricknell, formerly engineer and ironfounder, at Stratford-on-Avon, applied for his discharge from bankruptcy. Refers to 1870 bankruptcy.[10]

1896 Patent applied. Augustus Lea Bricknell of 2 Horsford Road, Brixton Hill, for improvements in bicycles and tricycles.[11]

1911 Living at Waveney, Strawberry Lane Carshalton: Augustus Lea Bricknell (age 69 born Sketty), Retired mechanical Engineer. With his wife Sarah Eliza, two sons and a daughter. Also his SIL.[12]

1931 Died at Hampstead, London.

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