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Henry Merryweather

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Henry Merryweather (1846-1881) of Merryweather and Sons

c1847 Born the son of Moses Merryweather

1872 Henry marries Isabella Hulland [1]

1882 Obituary [2]

HENRY MERRYWEATHER was born at Wandsworth on 6th August 1846, and served his apprenticeship with his father's firm, in which he became a partner in 1872.

He effected various improvements in the design and construction of steam and hand fire-engines, including a tubular boiler for getting up steam very quickly.

In the development and application of tramway locomotives his attention was specially engaged; and in 1872 he conducted the trials at Brampton of the combined steam tramcar built by his firm for Mr. Grantham.

He gave evidence in 1877 before the parliamentary committee appointed to enquire into the possibility of employing steam power for the propulsion of tramcars; and conducted in their presence seine highly successful experiments at Leytonstone, with one of the detached tramway locomotives constructed by his firm.

His death took place at Brighton, from an attack of typhoid fever, on 29th December 1881, at the age of thirty-five.

He became is Member of the Institution in 1877.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Pall Mall Gazette , Tuesday, June 18, 1872
  2. 1882 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries