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George Burt

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George Burt (1851-1919) of John Mowlem and Co


1919 Obituary [1]

GEORGE BURT was born in London on 17th June 1851, being the younger son of the late George Burt, D.L., J.P., of Swanage, Dorset.

He was educated at private schools and served a pupilage from 1867 to 1872 with Messrs. George Smith and Co., contractors.

From the latter year until 1880 he had the superintendence and direction for Messrs. John Mowlem and Co., Westminster, of extensive public works, and while general outside manager for the same firm during 1880-1887, he carried out important engineering works for the Great Eastern, the London and South Western, and other railways, also piers, docks, steam ferries, sewerage and outfall works for the Government, Metropolitan Board of Works, and other public bodies.

In 1887 he became a partner in the firm of Messrs. Mowlem, and in 1903 was appointed a Governing Director of Messrs. John Mowlem and Co., Ltd., and was responsible for the erection of a large number of important works over a great number of years. Amongst the principal of these may be mentioned: the construction of Billingsgate Fish Market; the Bournemouth Junction Railway; the northern sewer outfall at Barking; Liverpool Street Station; the Institution of Civil Engineers' building erected in 1896, also the present building; the City and S. London Railway; the Waterloo and City Railway; the Baker Street and Waterloo Railway; the Central London Railway extensions to Shepherd's Bush and Liverpool Street, and the extensions, etc., of other Tube Railways; the widening of the Grosvenor Road Railway Bridge; the L.C.C. low level sewer from Hyde Park to Stepney; the Admiralty Buildings and the Arch at the end of the Mall; the Queen Victoria Memorial; the new extension to the building of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers; and the Post Office Underground Railway from Paddington to Whitechapel, etc.

He was responsible for the execution of several extensive undertakings for various Government Departments in connexion with the War; for instance, munition factories at Coventry and Hereford, various aerodromes, the rebuilding of the devastated area after the Silvertown Explosion, etc.

He was a Justice of the Peace for East Sussex, a director of the Swanage Gas Co., and of the Swanage Pier Co., and a Freeman of the City of London.

His death took place in London on 8th April 1919, in his sixty-eighth year. He was elected a Member of this Institution in 1898; he was an Associate of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Member of the Iron and Steel Institute, and of other Societies.



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