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Henry James Castle (1845-1903)

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Henry James Castle (1845-1903)

1903 Obituary [1]

HENRY JAMES CASTLE, born in London on the 30th November, 1845, was the fourth son of the late Professor Henry James Castle, of King’s College, London.

After being educated at King’s College and at St. Thomas’s Hospital (Science), he went to Normandy, and finished at Heidelberg University. He then became an Assistant Engineer on the Boston section of the Great Northern Railway.

In 1865 he went to Spain as an Assistant Engineer on the construction of the Andalusian Railway.

Returning to England in 1866 he was employed for some years in his father’s office as an Engineering Surveyor and as Assistant Lecturer and Demonstrator at King’s College, London.

In 1866 Mr. Castle founded the firm of Castle and Castle, Rating Surveyors, Valuers, Engineers etc ., of which he was the senior partner.

He was subsequently engaged by over one hundred Unions in England and Wales, on assessment matters, and successfully conducted many rating appeals at Sessions. His most successful cases were Boden and Co. v. Chard Union, and Gifford Fox and Co. v. Chard Union, and it was on his advice that the Chard Guardians fought the case in the House of Lords which settled for the time being the question of the rating of machinery. These cases also confirmed the Court of Appeal's decision in the Tyne Boiler Case.

Mr. Castle was elected a Fellow of the Surveyors' Institution in 1881, and an Arbitrator to the London Chamber of Arbitration in 1893.

He died on the 8th February, 1903, at Hampstead, in his fifty-seventh year.

Mr. Castle was elected an Associate of the Institution on the 4th February, 1873.

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