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Henry Maudslay, Junior

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Henry Maudslay, Junior (1822-1899) of Maudslay, Sons and Field

1822 Born the son of Thomas Henry Maudslay

1853 of Cheltenham Place, Lambeth

1899 Obituary. Sometime of the company Maudslay, Sons and Field. Spent time in Palestine in archaeology. Active Freemason. [1]

1899 Obituary [2][3]

Henry Maudslay was born in Lambeth on 15th June 1822, being the eldest son of Mr. Thomas Henry Maudslay, engineer, and grandson of Henry Maudslay, the celebrated mechanical engineer, who died in 1831 and was buried in Woolwich churchyard.

In his early connection with his father's firm, Messrs. Maudslay, Sons, and Field, he was employed in setting up machinery in Paris for a government tobacco manufactory; and subsequently in the same work in Portugal. In connection with the latter he was created by the King of Portugal a Chevalier of the Order of Christ, in recognition of his personal services.

Afterwards he was engaged upon work connected with docks at Malta, before that department had been taken over by the government. Otherwise his professional career was confined to the superintendence of the works at Lambeth, and to trial trips of steamers.

Subsequently he spent much time in Palestine, and at his own expense carried out some important excavations in Jerusalem, besides rendering much assistance to the Palestine exploration fund. A large portion of a paving which he discovered in Jerusalem he presented to St. Paul's Cathedral; and another portion to Freemasons' Hall.

His death took place in Westminster on 18th July 1899 at the age of seventy-seven.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1853, and was a Member of Council in 1855-6, and a Vice-President from 1857 to 1867. During these years he took an active part in the discussions at the meetings, at which he frequently occupied the chair. He was also for fifty years a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

1899 Obituary [4]

HENRY MAUDSLAY, who died in Westminster on the 18th July, 1899, was the eldest son of the late Thomas Henry Maudslay.

After serving a pupilage in the works of Maudslay, Sons and Field, he became, first, an assistant to and, subsequently, a member of that well-known firm, in which capacity he was engaged in the construction and erection of steam-engines and general machinery both in England and on the Continent. During that period of his life, in recognition of services rendered to the Portuguese Government, he was created a Chevalier of the Order of Christ.

On retiring from the firm, Mr. Maudslay spent a considerable time in Palestine, and carried out at his own expense some important excavations in Jerusalem, rendering in this way much assistance to the Palestine Exploration Fund. He was an enthusiastic Freemason and a member of the Vitruvian, No. 87, Lodge, which met in Lambeth and was composed largely of men from the works of Maudslay, Sons and Field.

In 1864 he became Junior Grand Deacon in Grand Lodge and Grand Sword Bearer in Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons. Mr. Maudslay was a Past Master of the Ironmongers’ Company, a Governor of Christ’s Hospital, and on the governing committees of many hospitals and benevolent institutions.

He was elected a Member of the Institution on the 6th March, 1849.

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