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James Lovegrove

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James Lovegrove (1827-1900), Civil engineer.

1901 Obituary [1]

JAMES LOVEGROVE, born in 1827, began his professional career in the service of the Holborn and Finsbury Commissioners of Sewers.

After having been engaged thus for some years he was appointed in 1856 Surveyor to the Metropolitan Board of Works for the Hackney District. That post he held until 1894, when the parish of Hackney became a vestry, and his services were retained as Chief Surveyor to the Vestry.

In June, 1899, he retired from active work and took up his residence at Bournemouth.

Details of the works carried out by Mr. Lovegrove at Hackney are given in the annual reports for that district, many of which may be found in the library of the Institution. Among his special reports may be mentioned the following:- "On the System of Ventilation at present in Action over the Sewers in De Beauvoir Town and Dalston Wards," 1866; "On the Use of a Steam Roller in the Repair of Roads," 1871; "On the Southern Portion of the Marsh Sewer from Lea Bridge Road to Hackney Wick," 1874.

In 1869 he presented to the Society of Arts a Paper "On the Ventilation and Trapping of Drains," a subject in which he was greatly interested. Mr. Lovegrove prepared the plans for the scheme for freeing the River Lea from pollution by the sewage of Tottenham, and on many occasions gave evidence before Parliamentary committees and in courts of law.

He died at Bournemouth on the 26th November, 1900.

Mr. Lovegrove was elected an Associate of the Institution on the 6th March, 1860, and was subsequently placed in the class of Associate Members.

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