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James Rigg

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James Rigg (1840-1922), civil engineer. At one time in business with his brother at the Phoenix Ironworks, Chester.

1840 Born in Chester, son of Rev. Arthur Rigg

1851 Arthur Rigg 39, living in Chester, with Elizabeth Rigg 40, Arthur Rigg 12, James Rigg 11, Henry Rigg 8, Mary Rigg 4, Edward Rigg 1[1]

1857 Partnership with his brother as Arthur and James Rigg

1863 Dissolved partnership with his brother and continued as James Rigg of the Phoenix Ironworks

1883 Closed his business at the Phoenix Ironworks and established a consulting practice in London

1911 Mechanical Engineer, living in Paddington, a lodger[2]

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1922 Obituary[3]

"The Late Mr. James Rigg.— We regret to have to announce the death, which occurred on the 20th inst., at Braeside, Chorley Wood (Herts), of Mr. James Rigg,, formerly of Chester.

Mr. Rigg was in his 83rd year, and was the second son of the late Rev. Arthur Rigg, M.A., Principal of the Diocesan Training College, Chester. At the age of 17, Mr. James Rigg and his elder brother were started in business by their father at the Phoenix Ironworks, Chester. The partnership was dissolved after about ten years, and Mr. James Rigg continued as sole proprietor until 1883, when he closed the works and established a consulting engineer’s practice in London. Prior to leaving Chester he designed and built the first floating grain elevator for service on the Danube.

Mr. Rigg also designed and built a large number of colliery plants for home and foreign collieries, He read a paper on coal tipping and screening machinery before the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1896. Mr. Rigg was also an enthusiastic volunteer; he joined as a gunner in the very early days of the Volunteer movement, and retired after 40 years' service with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. In spite of advancing years, he maintained his interest in the engineering profession to the last."


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Sources of Information

  1. 1851 Census
  2. 1911 census
  3. Engineering 1922/12/29