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Henry Baylis (1824-1874), Borough Surveyor of Bolton-le-Moors

1875 Obituary [1]

MR. HENRY BAYLIS, son of the late Mr. Thomas Baylis, was born on the 6th of January, 1824, and began his professional career in 1838 as pupil to his brother, Mr. G. T. Baylis, late of Birmingham, with whom he remained until 1847. During this time he was engaged on the Birmingham and Gloucester railway and in the ordinary routine of an engineer’s office.

In September 1854, Mr. Baylis received the appointment of Borough Surveyor of Bolton-le- Moors, and he retained his connection with the corporation of Bolton for eighteen years, being promoted in 1856 to Borough Engineer.

One of his most important works was the paving of the bed of the river Croal, which previously had been but an open sewer, running directly through the middle of the town of Bolton.

After a lingering illness, of more than two years and a half, he died on the 13th of November, 1874, aged fifty years.

Mr. Baylis was elected a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers on the 5th of February, 1867.

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