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Richard Reynolds Rowe

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Richard Reynolds Rowe (1824-1899)

1900 Obituary [1]

RICUARD REYNOLDS ROWE, born in Cambridge on the 5th June, 1824, was educated at Eaton-Socon and at Cambridge.

He became acquainted in 1847 with Mr. Ewan Christian, for whom he acted as clerk of the works during the building of St. Thomas’s Church, Douglas, Isle of Man. In the following year he was engaged on drainage works and well-boring in Essex, and in 1850 he was appointed Engineer to the Improvement Commissioners of Cambridge, which post he held until 1869. In addition, he performed from 1852 the duties of Surveyor of Bridges and Public Works in the Isle of Ely, and from 1866 those of Engineer to the March Board of Health.

From 1850 he also practised on his own account in the town and county of Cambridge and in the Isle of Ely.

For many years he acted as architect to the Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely Asylum, in connection with which he carried out extensive works. He was also permanent Clerk of the Works at Ely Cathedral, and was frequently consulted as to the restoration of churches in the county of Cambridge.

Mr. Rowe died at his residence, Park House, Cambridge, on the 2 1st December, 1899, at the age of 75.

Mr. Rowe took active interest in local affairs, being for some years a Member of the Town Council, of the Improvement Commission, and of the Board of Guardians. He was a Knight of Justice of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, and took considerable part in the formation of the body now known as the Church Congress. At the time of his death he was President of the Institute of Sanitary Engineers, and a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, of the Surveyors’ Institution, and of the Society of Antiquaries. His disposition was kind and benevolent, his intellect strong, and his energy untiring.

Mr. Rowe, was elected an Associate of this Institution on the 4th December, 1855, and was transferred to the class of Members on the 29th March, 1859.

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