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Charles Frederick Gripper

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Charles Frederick Gripper (1844-1883), railway contractor and civil engineer

1844 March 23rd. Born at Hertfordshire (Ware?) the son of Joseph Gripper, a Maltster, and his wife Caroline

Early 1870s In partnership with John Bayliss, under the style of Bayliss and Gripper, constructed the Shipley and Guisely line for the Midland Railway Company.

1878 Mention as the contractor for the sewage works at Colwick.[1]

1878 July. Married at Ware. No name given.[2]

1879 Wrote 'Railway Tunnelling in Heavy Ground'

1881 Living at Ravenscroft, Putney: Charles F. Gripper (age 37 born Hertfordshire), Civil Engineer and Contractor. With his wife Laura F. Gripper (age 31 born Bradford) and their children; Beatrice E. Gripper (age 6 born Bradford); Mary E. L. Gripper (age 4 born Bradford); and Caroline M. Gripper (age 3 born Nottingham). Four servants.[3]

1883 October 30th. Died. 'Charles Frederick Gripper, of Ravonscroft, Putney, the eldest and dearly loved son of Joseph Gripper of Ware, in his 39th year'[4]

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Sources of Information

  1. Nottinghamshire Guardian - Friday 01 February 1878
  2. Hertford Mercury and Reformer - Saturday 13 July 1872
  3. 1881 Census
  4. Hertford Mercury and Reformer - Saturday 03 November 1883