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Jabez Church (1845-1896)

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1882. Frith Hill, Godalming and Farncombe Waterworks.
1883. Henley on Thames waterworks.

Jabez Church (1845-1896). Westminster engineer.

Son of Jabez Church

1896 Obituary [1]

JABEZ CHURCH, born at Chelmsford in 1845, was the son and grandson of well-known engineers bearing the same name. After being privately educated he was articled to his father, who had gained considerable reputation as a gas and water engineer.

In 1867 he became a Student of the Institution, being one of the first candidates admitted into that class. Two years later he was taken into partnership by his father, and on the death of the latter in 1875 he continued the practice alone.

Among the works which Mr. Church designed and constructed, or for which he was professionally engaged, may be mentioned the gasworks at Braintree, Barking, Brentwood, Enfield, Epping, Harwich, Ilford, Saffron Walden, Woking, Florley, Thetford, Barnet, Colney Hatch, Cromer; also the Dublin Consumers’ Gas Company’s works; and the waterworks at Barnet, Henley-on- Thames, Great Marlow, Godalming, Clacton-on-Sea, Barton-on- Humber, Goring, the Mid-Sussex works, and the Witham water and drainage undertakings. Mr. Church also designed and carried out extensions of the works for the water-supply of Braintree and of Halstead, and those now in course of construction at Gainsborough were likewise designed by him.

Mr. Church died at his residence, 17 Holland Park Gardens, Kensington, on the 20th of March, 1896, death being due to congestion of the lungs and heart disease.

He was a Fellow of the Geological Society and of the Royal Meteorological Society, and was for two years in succession (1882 and 1883) President of the Society of Engineers. Upright and honourable in all his dealings, he was deservedly esteemed both professionally and privately.

Mr. Church was elected an Associate on the 23rd of May, 1871, and was transferred to the class of Member on the 27th of November, 1877.

1896 Obituary [2]

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