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George Wailes

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George Wailes (1833-1915) of Wailes and Robinson and later George Wailes and Co

Born at Leeds.

1915 Died at Bournemouth


1915 Obituary [1]

WE have to record with regret that Mr. George Wailes died at Bournemouth on Januarv 30th. Mr. Wailes was one of the older engineers, and his business connection with this paper extended back to its foundation. He was born at Leeds in 1833, and served his time in that city. Coming to London in 1855, he took over the business of Mr. C. Rich, situated in what is now the Euston-road, but was then called Palace-row, owing to it being the site on which one of King James's palaces stood. The business was then styled Wailes and Robinson, and continued as such until 1876 when it passed entirely into the hands of Mr. Wailes, and was then termed George Wailes and Co., under which title the business is still being carried on by his son. Mr. Wailes had many interesting experiences, having carried out work and experiments in the early days for Bessemer, Siemens and Ferranti, besides many other eminent people whose names are now so well known.


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