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Crystal Palace School of Engineering

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1872 Joseph William Wilson suggested to directors of the Crystal Palace Co the founding of a School of Engineering, which was located in the Crystal Palace; in this he had the support of the company's secretary, Mr. George Grove, who had himself had an engineering training.

Mr Wilson, assisted by his son Joseph William junior provided the students with a personal training in the combined practice and theory of the first period of their engineering career, with the result that many of them attained leading positions in various parts of the world.

1912 A series of articles on the school in the Summer Term 1912 was published in The Crystal Palace School of Engineering Magazine Vol 12, No. 4 here

"As an Old Student it has given me great pleasure to have been asked for a second time to examine the Mechanical Section of the School. The answers given in the Lecture Examination show that the majority of the Students have obtained a good grounding in the large field covered in the Course. A regards the practical work carried out during the Term, I was particularly pleased with that of the Drawing Office - two of the Students doing particularly well. In the Pattern and Fitting Shops also I was pleased to note that some excellent work had been done especially considering the short time given to each." - H. G. Foster Barham M.INST.C.E.

"It has given me much pleasure to act as Examiner of the Civil Engineering department of this School. In the Viva Voce Examination, the majority of the Students did very well indeed, showing that they had grasped the subjects they had studied during the Term. The Drawings and Calculations they have completed during the Civil Engineering Course are well advanced. They have been most oreditably completed, and will be of great use to the Students after they have left the School." - Harold T. Creasy A.M.INST.CE, A.M.I.MECH.E

"It has given me pleasure to act as Examiner of the Electrical Students of the School. The answers given in the written Examinations were good. The practical work done for Examination was also good and showed signs of careful instruction. The School is certainly to be complimented on results obtained." - William Burr A.M.I.E.E, A.M.I.MECH.E.

Examiners' Report - Summer Term, 1912:-

First Year's Course - Mechanical Engineering; Lecture Examination on "Railways, their Construction and Appliances"

Names of Students and Marks Gained:-

1920s The school premises were moved to Anerley-hill.

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