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Reynold Henry Newton Alleyne

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Reynold Henry Newton Alleyne (1852-1908)

son of John G. N. Alleyne

of Striven and Co, Leeds Old Foundry, Marsh Lane, Leeds.


1908 Obituary [1]

REYNOLD HENRY NEWTON ALLEYNE was born at Turners Hall, Barbados, on 16th May 1852, being the son of Sir John G. N. Alleyne, Bart., M.I.Mech.E.

He was educated at Winchester School from 1866 to 1870, and then was apprenticed to Messrs. Napier and Son, shipbuilders and engineers, of Glasgow.

The last year of his apprenticeship (1873) was served in the works of the Butterley Co., at Codnor Park, where he had charge of the first open-hearth regenerative Siemens steel furnace; and subsequently he became manager of the works.

In 1883 he went to Leeds to take the management of a machine-tool business purchased by a relative, but owing to a serious illness he was compelled to relinquish it in 1892.

In 1896, having somewhat regained his health, he was elected a Director of the Norfolk Estuary Co., which had been incorporated many years before for the purpose of reclaiming and embanking from the sea two large tracts of land situated in the great estuary of the Wash between the counties of Norfolk and Lincoln.

In 1898 he became Managing Director, and combined with that office the duties of Engineer and Director of Works. He was actively engaged in this connection up to his death. Amongst other work designed by him was a large sluice intended to be constructed in one of the sea bank s which would provide for the drainage outfall of the Company's embanked lands.

In 1905 he introduced a system of bank protection known as the Villa Mantle, which consists of a special kind of covering extensively used in Holland.

In February 1908 he was called before the Royal Commission on Coast Erosion, and gave evidence as to the nature of the Company's operations.

His death took place at Falmouth on 6th April 1908, in his fifty-sixth year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1884.


1908 Obituary [2]

REYNOLD HENRY NEWTON ALLEYNE died at Falmouth on April 6, 1908, in his fifty-sixth year. He was the sole surviving son of Sir John G. N. Alleyne, Bart., senior Vice-President of the Institute, and he inherited much of his father's mechanical genius, and after leaving Winchester adopted engineering as his profession, but owing to indifferent health he was not able to give full scope to his great natural abilities. He was at first apprenticed to Messrs. Napier & Sons, shipbuilders and engineers, Glasgow; after that he was for some years engaged in a mechanical tool business in Leeds, and latterly had been managing director of the Norfolk Estuary Company, which was formed for the purpose of resisting encroachments of the sea on the Norfolk coast.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1875.


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