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John Corry Fell

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John Corry Fell (1851-1926) of Fell and Wilding and Fell and James, patent agents.

of 1 Queen Victoria Street, London, E.C. ; and Excelsior Works, Old Street, London, E.C.

1851 Born in Liverpool the son of Thomas Fell, a Surgeon.

1872 Patent to John Corry Fell, of St. John's-terrace,Regent's Park, in the county of Middlesex, Mechanical Engineer, in respect of the invention of ""an improved method of and apparatus for rendering invisible the exhaust steam of locomotive and other engines[1]

1877 Engineer, of 23, Rood-lane, London, communicated a patent on the invention of "improvements in osier peeling machinery." A communication to him from abroad by Jean Barthez, of Mirepoix, Department of Ariege, France (Basket Maker)[2]

1878 Married at Regent's Park to Eliza Bella Catherine (Bessie) Helsham.[3]

1881 Lived in Hampstead[4]

1881 John C. Fell 28, civil engineer, lived in Hampstead with Bessie Fell 24, Hector Fell[5]

1886 Dissolution of J. C. Fell and Co, engineers

1888 of Fell and Wilding, later Fell and James

1898 Elected President of the Society of Engineers.[6]

1900 Patent 118: John Corry Fell, London : Improvements in marine buoy safes.[7]

1911 Living at 41 Princes Avenue, Alexandra Park, Wood Green: John Corry Fell (age 59 born Liverpool), Consulting Engineer and Patent Agent. With his wife Annie Marie Fell.[8]


1926 Obituary [9]

JOHN CORRY FELL was educated at the Royal Institution School in his native city of Liverpool, and came to London in 1868 at the age of seventeen.

He entered the shops of the Metropolitan Railway as a premium apprentice, and continued his education in evening classes.

Subsequently he became head draughtsman with Messrs. Hayward Tyler and Co., and he also taught Physics and Mechanics for a number of years at the Birkbeck Institution. He obtained a Whitworth Scholarship in 1872 and set up a mechanical engineering works in Old Street.

He was also for many years a partner in and contributor to the Marine Engineer.

He entered into partnership with Mr. J. P. Wilding as Patent Agent and Consulting Engineer, and on the death of Mr. Wilding the firm became Fell and James of Queen Victoria Street until the retirement of Mr. Fell in 1914.

His death occurred on 12th October 1926 at Westcliff-on-Sea.

Mr. Fell was one of the oldest Members of this Institution, having been elected in 1876.


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Sources of Information

  1. London Gazette 19 Nov 1872
  2. London Gazette 31 Aug 1877
  3. London Evening Standard - Saturday 13 July 1878
  4. Electoral register
  5. 1881 census
  6. London Evening Standard - Tuesday 13 December 1898
  7. Lloyd's List - Thursday 11 January 1900
  8. 1911 Census
  9. 1926 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries