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Arthur Telford Simpson

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Arthur Telford Simpson (c1842-1928) of James Simpson and Co and Babcock and Wilcox

son of James Simpson

Engineer, Chelsea Waterworks, 38 Parliament Street, Westminster, S.W.

1928 Obituary [1]

ARTHUR TELFORD SIMPSON commenced his engineering training in Messrs. Simpson's engine works at Pimlico in 1860, at the age of 18. Shortly afterwards he entered on a four years' pupilage with his father, the late Mr. James Simpson, and when 24 years of age was taken into partnership.

Soon afterwards he was engaged upon the construction of the Aberdeen waterworks and the extension of the Lambeth and Chelsea Water Works Companies' installations.

Throughout his life his main interests centred on the water supply of towns. Besides the many works which he designed and superintended as a consulting engineer, he held the position of engineer to the Chelsea Water Works Company, for whom he carried out a series of filters, a new pumping main, a service reservoir, and a number of other works; and he was Chairman of the West Surrey Water Company and the Herne Bay Water Works Company until his death on 25th October 1928.

In 1889 he was appointed Chairman of Messrs. James Simpson and Company, now Messrs. Worthington-Simpson, and the activities of the firm under his guidance added many successful waterworks and sewage-pumping plants to the list of his contributions to public engineering works.

Mr. Simpson also became a director of Messrs. Babcock and Wilcox, upon the formation of the English company in 1890, and this position also he held until his death. He became a Member of the Institution in 1876, and he was also a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

He was born in 1842, the youngest son of a former President of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

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