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Josiah George Jennings

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(Josiah) George Jennings (1810–1882)

1810 Born at Eling, Hampshire, on 10 November, the eldest son of Joseph Jennings (1771–1824), plumber.

1831 After working for his uncle, he went to work for Messrs Burton, plumbers, of Newcastle Street, London.

1837 Established his own business in Paris Street, Lambeth.

1838 The business was moved to Great Charlotte Street, Blackfriars Road - see George Jennings

1847 Patent on improvements to the valves of valve water closets and improved methods of making joints and connections between two pipes.

1848 Patent for taps and water closets using india rubber.

1852 Patent on the wash-out closet, a decade or more before the competition

1854 Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Sidney Herbert, the secretary of war, asked Jennings to construct the sanitary arrangements for the British hospitals at Varna and Scutari - something which established his reputation.

1854 Patented the first syphonic cistern

1854 Patent for a stoneware drain pipe with an improved connection.

1858 Patented method of forming flues[1]

1860 Patented the tip-up washbasin

1863 Patent for the moulding of rubber. Jennings set up improved machinery for manufacture of these parts for valves and fruit jars.

1882 George Jennings died; the business was carried on by his sons.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1858/05/14
  • Biography of George Jennings, ODNB [1]