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Robert Charles Lindley

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Robert Charles Lindley (1824-1887)

1888 Obituary [1]

ROBERT CHARLES LINDLEY, son of Charles Lindley, was born at Mansfield, on the 7th of January, 1824.

His first connection with engineering was in the early days of railways, when he was engaged in the construction of the Ashford and Sandwich line, now forming part of the South Eastern Railway.

He was afterwards employed for three years in Denmark, and was responsible for the laying out of most of the first-made railways of that country.

On returning to England, he was employed by Messrs. Grissell and Peto, the Contractors, on the foundations of the New Houses of Parliament. During the progress of this work, Mr. Lindley’s interest was greatly aroused in the controversy as to the kind of stone proposed to be used in the superstructure.

As a result of his inquiries and investigations, he was induced to embark in the purchase of quarries at Mansfield, Notts, and the last thirty years of his life was spent in developing the use of the stone they produce, the Mansfield stone being now known as one of the best in England for engineering and building purposes.

Mr. Lindley died on the 6th of June, 1887. He was elected an Associate on the 1st of April, 1845.

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  1. 1888 Institution of Civil Engineers: Obituaries]]