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Frederick Griffith

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Frederick Griffith (1849-1914)

1849 Born at Cavan, Drumlane, Ireland[1]

1865-8 Apprentice at the Locomotive Works of Neilson Brothers, Glasgow

1871 Graduated from Glasgow University with certificate of proficiency in engineering science.

1871-3 Assistant engineer and draughtsman in the Canal department of the Caledonian Railway under Mr John Angus

1873 Became Resident engineer of the Bridgewater Navigation Co New Dock works at Runcorn under E. Leader Williams

1875 Associate of the Inst Civil Engineers, of the Bridgewater Navigation Co, Runcorn.

1886 Member of the Inst Of Civil Engineers; of the Engineers Office, Town Hall, Leicester

1901 Frederick Griffith 51, civil engineer, employer, lived in Leicester with Emily S Griffith 49, Jessie R W Garratt 17[2]

1906 of the Waterworks Office, Leicester

1911 Frederick Griffith 61, waterworks chief engineer for the borough council, lived in Leicester with his niece, Jessie Rose Winniford Garrett27[3]



1915 Obituary [4]

FREDERICK GRIFFITH, born on the 24th April, 1840, died at Barbridge, Nantwich, on the 22nd March, 1914.

He studied at Glasgow University, and served his apprenticeship at the locomotive works of Messrs. Neilson Bros., Glasgow.

Subsequently he was employed by the Caledonian Railway Company on surveys and estimates for docks at Grangemouth; as Resident Engineer on dock and canal works at Runcorn, for the Bridgewater Navigation, and was Engineer-in-Charge of Rosslare harbour works.

Early in 1870 he was appointed Engineer-in-Charge of flood-prevention works to the Corporation of Leicester, and later in that year Engineer and Manager of the Corporation Waterworks. He discharged the duties of this office until his death, a period of 34 years.

Mr. Griffith was elected an Associate of The Institution on the 7th December, 1875, was subsequently placed among the Associate Members, and was transferred to the class of Members on the 2nd November, 1886.


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Sources of Information

  1. 1911 census
  2. 1901 census
  3. 1911 census
  4. 1915 Institution of Civil Engineers: Obituaries