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Edward Perrett

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Edward Perrett (1842-1904?)

1842 Born at Bath the son of John Perrett, master painter and plasterer, and his wife Ann

c1871 Married Ann Shepherd

1873 Charles Woodley Whitaker and Edward Perrett were appointed engineers to the Floating Swimming Baths Co, established for the purpose of providing floating baths in any locality, but especially on the River Thames.

1874 Patent '4249. And Edward Perrett, of No. 6, Great George street, Westminster, in the county of Middlesex, Civil Engineer, has given the like notice in respect of the invention of "improvements in floating swimming baths, and in supplying water to the same."'[1]

1874-78 Other patents registered

1876 Edward Perrett (is this the same Perrett?) designed a railcar with vertical boilers at each end.

c1876 Future Tower bridge proposals. High Level Bridge, proposed by Mr. Edward Perrett, with hydraulic hoists, the bridge to consist of three spans of 267 feet each and 80 feet above high water in centre; staircases to be provided for foot-passengers. Estimated cost £340,000, with £4,000 per annum additional for working expenses.[2]

1881 Living at 69 Oakley Street, Chelsea: Edward Perrett (age 38 born Bath), Civil Engineer. With his wife Ann Perrett (age 36 born Mddx.) and their three children; John Perrett (age 9 born Lambeth); Frank E. Perrett (age 6 born Lambeth); and James E. Perrett (age 1 born Chelsea). Three servants.[3]

1901 Living at 151 Bidford Hill, Streatham: Edward Perrett (age 58 born Bath), Civil Engineer - Employer. With his wife Ann Perrett (age 56 born London) and their son James E. Perrett (age 21 born London), Clerk Civil Engineers.[4]

1904 Possible his death in Wandsworth of Edward Perrett born in 1842

1907 Death of his brother William Ellen Perrett. His obituary mentions '...Another brother, Mr. Edward Perrett, attained great success as an engineer. He was with the late Sir Frederick Bramwell, and obtained the prize of £1,000 offered for the best design of a bridge over the Neva at St. Petersburg, and superintended the erection of the structure over the river in the Russian capital....'[5]

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Sources of Information

  1. The London Gazette Publication date:28 April 1874 Issue:24090 Page:2313
  2. History of the Tower bridge
  3. 1881 Census
  4. 1901 Census
  5. Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette - Thursday 17 October 1907