John Ayris (1830-1902).
Died 1902 aged 73.
"...death is announced of Mr. John Ayris, who was for many years connected with Norwich Waterworks Company, and was a widely recognised export in water engineering. He commenced in business as a civil engineer under Mr. James Lynde, and was sent by him in 1849 to Norwich, to collect material and prepare plans for promoting a Bill to increase the supply of water to that city. At that time the Corporation supplied the water, but in insufficient quantity, and in 1850 the present company was started, the works - which were constructed under Mr. Ayris as resident engineer - consisted of a pumping station, filter bed, &c., at Heigham, and a reservoir at Lakenham..."[More]
1903 Obituary 
. . . . The connection of Mr. Ayris with the Norwich Waterworks Company was to last for the remainder of his life. . . . . [more]