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George Spencer (1810-1889)

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George Spencer (1810-1889) of George Spencer and Co


1889 Obituary [1]

GEORGE SPENCER was born at Brighton on the 17th of June, 1810, and at an early age attended the engineering classes of the Birkbeck Institute.

He subsequently worked in the drawing office of the late George Dempsey, and was also extensively employed surveying during the great extension of the railway system throughout the country from 1845 to 1848.

He was at a later period employed by Fox, Henderson and Co, in assisting in the designing and erection of bridges and roofs, and the designing of railway rolling-stock. Amongst the many works with which he was connected under the above firm was the Building for the Great Exhibition of 1851, the drawings of which he executed, and the Bricklayers’ Arms goods station of the South- Eastern Railway Company, the erection of which he superintended.

In the year 1852 he founded the business of George Spencer and Co, for the purpose of supplying railways with india-rubber springs, &c., for which he from time to time took out several patents, which have been extensively used.

He died at Montreux, in Switzerland, on the 5th of June, 1889, at the age of seventy-eight. Mr. Spencer was elected an Associate on the 12th of May, 1874.


1889 Obituary [2]

GEORGE SPENCER was born at Brighton on 17th June 1810, and at an early age attended the engineering classes at the Birkbeck Institute.

Subsequently he worked in the drawing office of Mr. George Dempsey, and during the great extension of the railway system throughout the country from 1845 to 1848 was largely engaged in surveying.

Afterwards he was employed by Messrs. Fox Henderson and Co. in assisting in the design and erection of bridges and roofs, and in the design of railway rolling stock. Amongst the many works with which he was connected under them were the Crystal Palace, of which he executed the drawings, and the Bricklayers' Arms Goods Station of the South Eastern Railway, of which he superintended the erection.

In 1852 he founded the business of Messrs. George Spencer and Co. for supplying railways with india-rubber springs &c., in which he introduced several improvements that have been extensively adopted.

He died at Montreux in Switzerland on 5th June 1889, in his seventy-ninth year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1878.


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