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.
"Mr Double built Westminster Bridge and was an active man in raising Cleopatra's Needle.' 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
1890 Tender for London Road Bridge, Chelmsford.
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. 
1893 Contractor on the building of the Clevedon Pier.
1895 Tender for Framlingham Sewage Works.
1896 Tender for Boxted Bridge
1899 Tender for Brightlingsea Sewage Works. George Double of Ipswich. 
1901 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.
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.
Sources of Information
- ↑ Parish record
- ↑ Essex Standard - Saturday 14 February 1891
- ↑ 1871 census
- ↑ Essex Herald - Monday 03 March 1890
- ↑ 1891 Census
- ↑ 
- ↑ East Anglian Daily Times - Tuesday 21 May 1895
- ↑ Essex Standard - Saturday 15 April 1899
- ↑ 1901 Census
- ↑ East Anglian Daily Times - Thursday 25 April 1901
- ↑ 1911 Census