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Preece, Cardew and Snell

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Consulting Engineers, 8 Queen Anne's Gate, London.

1882 Philip Cardew, whilst in the Royal Engineers, assisted in experiments with electric searchlights. He conceived the idea of the hot-wire galvanometer, one of the first direct reading meters[1], for which he was awarded a gold medal at the London Exhibition of 1885. He also came up with a method of measuring the efficiency of a dynamo.

1894 Philip Cardew retired from the Royal Engineers

1898 Cardew retired from the Board of Trade. He then entered into partnership with Sir William Preece and his sons, Llewellyn and Arthur, as consulting engineers. The firm was known as Preece and Cardew.

1899 Messrs Preece and Cardew were at 13 Queen Anne's Gate, London, electrical engineers involved in the planning of Woking Electric Supply Co Ltd[2].

1910 John Snell joined Preece and Cardew as a partner.

1915 John Hall Rider joined the partnership which became Preece, Cardew, Snell and Rider

1920 Preece, Cardew, Snell and Rider - the partnership of A. H. Preece, J. F. C. Snell, J. H. Rider and J. H. Woodward was dissolved; A. H. Preece, J. H. Rider and J. H. Woodward would carry on business as consulting engineers under the title Preece, Cardew and Rider[3].

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 29 August 1936
  2. London Gazette Issue 27137, 21 November 1899
  3. London Gazette Issue 31770, 6 February 1920
  • Biography of Philip Cardew, ODNB [1]