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Samuel Spencer

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Samuel Spencer (c1838-1924), director of John Spencer and the Croydon Gas Co

Worked twenty-six years for the Horseley Co.


1924 Obituary[1]

"We have to record with regret the death of Mr. Samuel Spencer, which took place from pneumonia, on Friday May 16th. Mr. Spencer, who was in his eighty-seventh year, was born at West Bromwich, and began his business career with the Horseley Company, Tipton, with which he was connected for twenty-six years, during which period he was concerned in the erection or hundreds of gasholders all over England, as well as roofs and bridges. In 1878 he joined the firm of J. E. and S. Spencer, and besides being chairman of that firm, he acted in the same capacity for the Colonial Gas Association, the Ascot Gas Co, and the Egham and Staines Electricity Company, and was a director of John Spencer, Limited, tube manufacturers, of Wednesbury, and the Croydon Gas Co. Only shortly before his death he resigned the chairmanship of the Woking Gas Co. He was an associate member of the Institution of Civil Engineers"


1924 Obituary[2]

"The Late Mr. Samuel Spencer.— We regret to record the death, which occurred at his residence, 8, Alfred Place, Kensington, on Friday, the 16th inst., in his 87th year, of Mr. Samuel Spencer, chairman of the firm of J. E. and S. Spencer, Limited, Wednesbury and London. Mr. Spencer commenced his business career at the Horseley Co, Tipton, in the year 1863 ; he was connected with this company for 26 years, during which period he acquired great experience in the manufacture and erection of all kinds of bridge and structural work, gas and water works appliances, &c. In 1878 Mr. Spencer joined the firm of J. E. and S. Spencer, and was elected in the same year an associate member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. At the time of his death, he was chairman of J. E. and S. Spencer, Limited, the Colonial Gas Association, the Ascot Gas Company, the Egham and Staines Electricity Company, also a director of John Spencer, Limited, tube manufacturers, Wednesbury, and the Croydon Gas Co; it was only recently that he resigned the chairmanship of the Woking Gas Co. In addition to his very active participation in business, he represented the Ward of Vintry in the Court of Common Council since 1894, and was the fifth oldest, member of the Corporation of the City of London. Mr Spencer had long won the esteem of all who knew him, and his unvarying courtesy had endeared him to a very wide circle."


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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1924/05/23
  2. Engineering 1924/05/23