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George Double (1840-1916) of Ipswich

1840 Born at Hadleigh, Suffolk, the son of Cornelius Double and his wife Susan Spooner

1862 Married at Clapham, London, to Emma Sadler; he was a labourer; his father a fishmonger.[1]

"Mr Double built Westminster Bridge and was an active man in raising Cleopatra's Needle.'[2] Note: Westminster Bridge was opened in 1862 and Cleopatra's Needle erected in 1877.

1871 George Double 29, engine fitter, lived in Kendal, with Emma Double[3]

1890 Tender for London Road Bridge, Chelmsford.[4]

1891 Tender for Wormingford Bridge

1891 Living at 21 Sugden Road, Battersea: Frederick J. Laws (age 31 born Ipswich), Contractor - Single - George Double (age 52 born Hadleigh), Contractor - Employer. [5]

1893 Contractor on the building of the Clevedon Pier.[6]

1895 Tender for Framlingham Sewage Works.[7]

1896 Tender for Boxted Bridge

1899 Tender for Brightlingsea Sewage Works. George Double of Ipswich. [8]

1901 Living at Kirby Street, Ipswich; George Double (age 62 born Hadleigh), Contractor - Employer. with his wife Emma and Daughter Ellen.[9]

1901 Tender for Chelmsford Sewage Works.[10]

1911 Living at Kirby Lodge, Kirby Street, St Johns, Ipswich: George Double (age 72 born Hadleigh, Suffolk), Retired Contractor - Pier and Bridges. With his wife Emma and Niece Ellen Elizabeth Laws.[11]


George Double (1840-1916) builder of bridges and pierheads, contractor of public works, Ipswich

  • 1840 Born at 132 Benton Street, Hadleigh, Suffolk, the son of Cornelius Double and his wife Susan Spooner (from Somerton, Suffolk). Youngest of 7 siblings, Cornelius (1829), Walter (1833), maria (1821) Elizabeth (1823, married Laws) Emily (1826), Susannah (1836). Cornelius listed as agricultural worker.
  • 1851 Census George Double listed as a ‘Scholar’ living in Benton Street, Hadleigh
  • 1861 Census GD living in London in Newington, occupation ‘railway porter’.
  • 1862 Married at Clapham to Emma Sadler, (born in Somerton Suffolk in 1840)
  • 1862 'Mr Double built Westminster Bridge (mentioned in tender for Wormingford bridge in 1891)
  • 1866 his sister Elizabeth Laws died, widow of Frederick Laws, Master Mariner, leaving 4 children.
  • 1871 Census states George and Emma Double staying at Nab Cottage, Undermilbeck, Kendal, Westomorland, his occuaption ‘engine fitter. The Mortlake family also living there, Mr Mortlake ‘ferryman’.
  • 1877 Site manager on Llandudno Pier for John Dixon
  • 1878 …’and was an active man in raising Cleopatra's needle’ for John Dixon.(Evening Mail 13.09.1878) (Kilburn Times and Western Post 09.08.1878) (The Standard 13.09.1878)
  • 1879 Built Blyth bridge for the Southwold Railway Co (Richard Rapier was chairman) (mention of this in Ipswich Journal 6 April 1895)
  • 1881 Census records Emma Double living at 32 Victoria Street, Southwold with Frederick Joseph Laws nephew
  • 1884 unsuccessful tender for Southwold and Walberswick Bridge (01.11.1884 Ipswich Journal)
  • 1887 Hammersmith Suspension Bridge opened (Ref to Double working on it 16 years before in Ipswich Journal 06.04.1895) ‘energetic manager for Messrs Dixon and Thorne’ article West London Observer 23.04.1887
  • 1890 GD built Curbridge, Hampshire, and reconstruction of 4 other bridges in Longparish tender accepted (Hampshire Chronicle 30.08.1890)
  • 1890 Tender for London Road Bridge, Chelmsford (unsuccessful, Essex Journal 08 April 1890)
  • 1890 unsuccessful tender Thorrington Street bridge (Suffolk and essex Free Press 25.06.1890)
  • 1890 contract for the piling of the Ouse banks The Esplanade, York (Yorkshire Gazette 28.06.1890)
  • 1891 Tender for Wormingford Bridge (successful Bury and Norwich Post 10.02.1891)
  • 1891 George Double Living at 21 Sugden Road, Battersea: Frederick J. Laws (age 31 born Ipswich), Contractor - Single. George Double (age 52 born Hadleigh), Contractor - Employer.
  • 1891 Census Emma Double and Ellen Laws (niece) living at Kirby Lodge. Her occupation listed as ‘Retired Mariner’s wife’.
  • 1893 Contractor on the building of the Clevedon Pier. (Wells Journal 09.06. 1892) (The Weston-Super-Mare Gazette 02.04.1892) (Wells Journal 16.03.1892) (Shepton Mallet Journal 10.06.1892)
  • 1894 Tender accepted Sewage works Southwold (Ipswich Journal 22.09.1894) £4770 to be completed in six months time
  • 1894 Mrs Double advertises for a general servant address is Kirby Lodge, Kirby St, Ipswich (East Anglian Daily Times 15.06.1894)
  • 1895 Tender for Framlingham Sewage Works unsuccessful (Ipswich Journal 25.05.1895)
  • 1895 Tender accepted sewers at Undercliff and Langer Rds Felixstowe (East Anglian Daily Times 17.09.1895) (Ipswich Journal 09.11.1895)
  • 1896 Tender for Boxted Bridge
  • 1897 unsuccessful tender Stow up Land Sewage (Evening Star 15.04.1897)
  • 1897 unsuccessful tender Marine Parade Dovercourt (Evening Star 23.02.1897)
  • 1899 Tender for Brighlingsea Sewage Works. George Double of Ipswich.
  • 1900 Successful tender Dedham Mill bridge (Ipswich Journal 12.05.1900)
  • 1901 unsuccessful tender new reservoir (Ipswich Journal 28.09.1901)
  • 1901 Census Living at Kirby Street, Ipswich; George Double (age 62 born Hadleigh), Contractor - Employer. with his wife Emma and Daughter Ellen.
  • 1901 Tender for Chelmsford Sewage Works.
  • 1911 Living at Kirby Lodge, Kirby Street, St Johns, Ipswich: George Double (age 72 born Hadleigh, Suffolk), Retired Contractor - Pier and Bridges. With his wife Emma and Niece Ellen Elizabeth Laws.
  • 1916 George Double dies 18.06.1916 Ipswich. He leaves his estate to his wife in her lifetime and then to his niece.

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Sources of Information

  1. Parish record
  2. Essex Standard - Saturday 14 February 1891
  3. 1871 census
  4. Essex Herald - Monday 03 March 1890
  5. 1891 Census
  6. [1]
  7. East Anglian Daily Times - Tuesday 21 May 1895
  8. Essex Standard - Saturday 15 April 1899
  9. 1901 Census
  10. East Anglian Daily Times - Thursday 25 April 1901
  11. 1911 Census