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Hamilton Owen Rendel

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Hamilton Owen Rendel (1843-1902) of W. G. Armstrong and Co

1843 Born the son of James Meadows Rendel and his wife Catherine Jane Harris.

1851 Living at 8 Great George Street, Westminster: Jas. M. Rendel (age 50 born David's Staunton, Devon), Civil Engineer. With his wife Cathe J Rendel (age 47 born David's Staunton, Devon) and their children; Alex M. Rendel (age 21 born Plymouth), B. A.; Lewis Rendel (age 20 born Plymouth), Civil Engineer; Fanny Rendel (age 15 born Plymouth); Edith Rendel (age 12 born Plymouth); Emily Rendel (age 11 born Plymouth); and Hamel C. Rendel (age 7 born London, Mddx). One visitor, a governess and seven servants.[1]

He designed and installed the original raising mechanism of the Tower Bridge, London while working for W. G. Armstrong and Co


1902 Obituary [2][3]

THAT illustrious engineer, Mr. James Meadows Rendel, whose name is closely associated with several of our greatest harbours, had four sons, who have all risen to eminence in the same profession as their father, Sir Alexander Rendel, of Great George-street; Mr. George Rendel, at one time managing partner of the Elswick Ordnance Works, and afterwards Professional Civil Lord of the Admiralty; Lord Rendel, also associated for many years with the famous Newcastle firm; and Mr. Hamilton Rendel, for a long time manager of the engine works at Elswick, whose death occurred on Wednesday, 17th inst.

Although there can be little question that personal influence and assistance contributed to the fact that these four brothers have become famous, it is not to be denied that they have all shown remarkable ability in the different branches of their profession.

Mr. Hamilton Rendel, who was in his sixtieth year, entered Elswick as the assistant of Mr. Westmacott, and on his retirement succeeded to the chief position. He was not married, and was of a rather retiring disposition, so that he was far less widely known than his brothers. He devoted a great deal of attention to his business, and his value was fully recognised and appreciated by his company.


1902 Obituary [4]



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