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Charles Penrose King

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Charles Penrose King (1864-1926)

1926 Obituary [1]

CHARLES PENROSE KING was born in London in 1864 and was apprenticed to Messrs. Robert Warner and Co., Bell Founders of Walton-on-Naze for five years.

He retained his connexion with this firm until 1886, when he joined Messrs. Davey, Paxman and Co. of Colchester as a draughtsman.

In 1891 he was appointed Resident Engineer at Epsom Water Works, and during a period of ten years carried out many improvements, notably the erection of a new reservoir.

In 1901 Mr. King went to Whatstandwell, Derbyshire, where he carried out for Messrs. G. Hodson and Son. of Loughborough the building of the Ilkeston and Heanor Water Works which included the erection of pumping station, reservoirs and pumping mains.

He also constructed, for the same firm, a new reservoir for the Duke of Portland at Welbeck.

In 1910 Mr. King was appointed Resident Engineer to the Bexhill Water and Gas Co., and seven years later Engineer and Manager of the Bexhill Water Works. After the dry summer of 1921 Mr. King was responsible for many improvements in the water supply of Bexhill. Upon the transference of the undertaking to the Bexhill Corporation early this year, he was appointed Consulting and Managing Water Engineer, but he died suddenly, on 23rd May 1926.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1895.

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