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Samuel Guyon Purchas

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Samuel Guyon Purchas (1823-1894)


1894 Obituary [1]

SAMUEL GUYON PURCHAS was born on the 19th of November, 1823, at St. Arvans, near Chepstow, Monmouthshire.

After serving a pupilage of five years to the late Robert Purchas, he obtained in 1847 an appointment as an Assistant Engineer on the Berks and Hants Railway. In the following year he took up his residence in Worcester, where he started in practice its an engineer and surveyor.

In 1851 Mr. Purchas was appointed City Surveyor of Worcester, which post he held for the remainder of his life, continuing also to practise on his own account. Many improvements were carried out under his direction, including the extension of the city boundaries in 1884, the extension of the waterworks-still in progress-and the electric lighting works at Powick.

From 1854 to 1858 he made, under the direction of the late Thomas Hawksley, the needful surveys for and superintended the construction of extensive sewerage and waterworks for the city of Worcester.

Mr. Purchas died at South Lawn, Worcester, on the 12th of February, 1894, from heart disease. Both in his professional and personal capacities he was much esteemed and respected in Worcester and the neighbourhood. He held a lieutenant’s commission in the 14th Worcester Volunteers, and took several prizes at the annual competitions at Wimbledon.

He was elected a Member of the Institution on the 1st of February, 1870.


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