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George Creswell Bond

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George Creswell Bond (c1863-1939)

1939 Obituary [1]

"GEORGE CRESWELL BOND was concerned with the development and management of several iron-ore quarries in Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, and Northamptonshire. After receiving his education at Bedford County School, he served his apprenticeship from 1876 to 1880 in the office of Mr. G. H. Bond, and was subsequently employed as a draughtsman by Messrs. Bond, Coke, and Mills until 1883. For the next few years he successively held junior positions in five iron-ore quarrying companies in the Kettering and Melton Mowbray districts, and with the Midland Ironstone Co, of Frodingham. During this time he assisted in the starting of several new works.

In 1888 he was appointed engineer and manager to the five different companies with which he had already been associated, and three years later he was responsible for the opening of the Toddington Ironstone Company's mines, of which he also subsequently took control. Mr. Bond was in business on his own account as a consulting civil and mining engineer in Nottingham. In addition to the numerous iron-ore fields which he opened up, he negotiated the purchase of one of the largest iron-ore bearing areas in England, in Oxfordshire and Warwickshire. He was also concerned with the development of the coalfield on the borders of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Moreover, he was an expert on lead mining in Derbyshire, and his advice on matters relating to this industry was frequently sought. Mr. Bond was one of the oldest members of the Birmingham Iron and Coal Exchange, and he was the author of a paper on "The History of Early Coal" which he delivered before the Midland Counties Institution of Engineers in 1924. For many years he was also a Freeman of the City of London. He was elected a Member of the Institution in 1895, and was also an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. His death occurred on 16th July 1939, in his seventy-sixth year."

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