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George Gooch

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George Gooch (1855-1931)

1931 Obituary[1]


We regret to note the death, on September 30 last, at his home in Wimbledon, of Mr. George Gooch, for many years manager to Messrs. John Taylor and Sons, civil engineers, Westminster. Mr. Gooch was born on February 17, 1855, and at the age of 15 entered upon a pupilage of four years at the Tubal Cain Works of Messrs. Farfitt and Jenkins, meanwhile continuing his scientific training at Cardiff Science School. His long association with the firm of Messrs. John Taylor and Sons, which firm was for some time known as Messrs. Taylor, Sons and Santo Crimp, began in 1877, when he was appointed assistant to Mr. John Taylor. He had charge of Parliamentary surveys for the Cardiff Water Act, 1878, and also carried out surveys and prepared the plans for the whole of the mains in the Lambeth Water Company’s district. Mr. Gooch was for several years resident engineer in charge of the construction of collecting culverts for Cardiff Waterworks, and also supervised the building of a subsidiary reservoir for the Newport (Mon.) Water Company. The years from 1883 to 1897 were mainly occupied on the design and construction of works in connection with the Bristol Water Act of 1882. After carrying out work in connection with the preparation of Parliamentary plans and surveys, he supervised the construction of the works as resident engineer. The installation comprised 30 miles of 18-in. and 27-in. mains, a pumping station, water tower and tank, four filters, four acres of sand area, and an impounding reservoir of 520 million gallons’ capacity. The work also involved the construction of a tunnel, 1,364 yards in length, and the erection of a pair of 180-h.p. beam engines.

As long ago as 1897, Mr. Gooch was appointed manager to the firm of Messrs. John Taylor, Sons and Santo Crimp. During the years which followed, he designed and generally supervised large water and drainage schemes for Shrewsbury, Clacton, Chatham, Colne Valley, Chesham, Slough, Church Stretton, Margam, Thame, Portishead, Enfield, Tottenham, Woking, and other towns in the United Kingdom, and also for Shanghai. In addition, he did much work in connection with the preparation of Parliamentary water schemes for various towns, cities and rural areas in England and Wales. For some years, Mr. Gooch occupied the position of consulting engineer to the Herne Bay Water Co, and while in this capacity he designed and superintended the construction of a covered reservoir, engines and boilers, new wells and extensions to mains. He finally retired from the position of manager to Messrs. John Taylor and Sons at the end of August, 1927. A former student member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, he became an associate member on December 7, 1880, and was elected to full membership on April 19, 1904."

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