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Edward Field

From Graces Guide
1881.

Edward Field (1825-1908), Inventor of the Field boiler

1855 Patent to Alexander McGlashan and Edward Field, both of the Coal-yard, Drury-lane, London, Ensgineers, concerning improvements in printing presses[1]

1855 Patent to Edward Field, of the firm of McGlashan and Field, of the Coal-yard, Drury-lane, Engineers, for "improvements in presses or machinery for embossing and colouring[2]

c.1866 Merryweather and Field made a steam-powered fire engine.

1868 Patent to Francis Wise and Edward Field, both of Chandos Chambers, Adelphi, in the city of Westminster, Consulting Engineers, for the invention of "improvements in apparatus for effecting the separation or removal of foreign matters or impurities from water"[3]

1881 Patented a safety gauge cock with Francis Michael Cotton



Obituary 1908 [4]

. . . Mr. Field was born in 1825, and received his first education privately, afterwards entering King's College, London, where he obtained a scholarship. He served his term as an apprentice to the firm of Napiers, and quite early in his life was engaged in the design of steam pumping engines for fire extinguishing purposes. In this connection the name of Merryweather is indissolubly associated with that of Mr. Field, who was at one time a partner in the firm. Indeed, it is said that it was his various improvements which originally led to the formation of the firm. At any rate, Mr. Merryweather was, we understand, actually articled to Mr. Field.

There is no need for us to dilate upon the utility of the Field boiler or of the well-known Field boiler tube. . .

. . . Mr. Field's life work, if not entirely taken up with questions of boilers and steam raising, at any rate was largely devoted to them. Among other matters to which he paid considerable attention was that of oil fuel, more especially for naval purposes, and in this work he laboured in conjunction with the late Admiral Jasper Selwyn. . .

. . . of the use of highly heated compressed air in conjunction with steam, the name of his partner, Mr. F. Sanders Morris, being also identified with him in this matter. . .

. . . Mr. Field was consulting engineer to a number of industrial firms including that of J. C. and J. Field . . . [more]




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Sources of Information

  1. London Gazette 21 Jan 1859
  2. London Gazette 5 Nov 1858
  3. London Gazette 3 July 1868
  4. The Engineer 27th November 1908