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Herbert Howard Keeling

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Herbert Howard Keeling (1829-1892)

of Merlewood, Eltham.

1872 of the King and Queen Ironworks[1]

1873 Dissolution of the partnership with Henry Ravenhill as Iron Manufacturers, at Rotherhithe, under the firm of Howard, Ravenhill, and Co.[2]

1893 Obituary [3]

HERBERT HOWARD-KEELING was born at Tottenham on 9th October 1829.

After being educated at a private school and at King's College, he was apprenticed in 1849 to Mr. James Samuel, who was then engaged in making the Great Eastern Railway; and he was for some time at the works at Stratford.

In 1853 he went to Russia to test some suspension-bridge bars on behalf of his uncle, Mr. Thomas Howard, of the King and Queen Iron Works, Rotherhithe. On the expiration of his apprenticeship he went to assist him at those works, in which he became a partner in 1861. He there invented an efficient mode of consuming the smoke from the furnaces.

His uncle having died in 1872, he closed the works in 1873 and retired from business.

He then took an active part in all local matters at Eltham, where he resided, and where his death took place on 7th June 1893, in the sixty-fourth year of his age, from an accident caused by his horse stumbling and falling upon him.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1882.

1893 Obituary [4]

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