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Henry Bancroft

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Henry Bancroft (1834-1900)

Died 1900 aged 65.[1]

1900 Obituary [2]

HENRY BANCROFT, born on the 17th June, 1834, was the eldest son of the late Mr. James Bancroft, of Broughton Old Hall, Manchester, who was for many years Vice-chairman of the London and North Western Railway Company.

He commenced his professional career in the City Surveyor’s Office, Manchester, afterwards entering the office of the late Mr. Bateman, Past-President, by whom he was entrusted with much important work, both as an assistant and in after years when practising on his own account.

On leaving Mr. Bateman he was appointed Resident Engineer on the Fylde Waterworks and the Blackpool and Lytham Railway, under Mr. T. B. Foster, and on the completion of those works, in the year 1864, he commenced business on his own account.

During his thirty-six years of private practice Mr. Bancroft designed and carried out many important works, notably the sewerage and sewage disposal of the Borough of Colne, in Lancashire, and the waterworks for Northwich.

Mr. Bancroft married the eldest daughter of the late Mr. Robert Neill, of Manchester, who survives him. He died at Southport on the 15th May, 1900, leaving four sons, the eldest of whom was a partner with him for the last six years.

Mr. Bancroft was elected an Associate of the Institution on the 4th May, 1875, was subsequently placed in the class of Associate Members, and was transferred to the class of Members on the 3rd December, 1878.

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