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Walter Pitt

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Walter Pitt (1852-1921), chairman of Stothert and Pitt

son of Robert Pitt

1883 Appointed director of Stothert and Pitt

1891 Living at Southstoke house, South Stoke, Somerset: Walter Pitt (age 38 born Bath), Director of Stothert and Pitt. With his wife Ruth Jane Pitt (age 29 born Bath) and their two children Robert Brindley Pitt (age 2 born South Stoke, Somerset) and Ruth M. Pitt (age 5 months born South Stoke, Somerset). Also two visitors and three servants.[1]

1921 Obituary [2]

WALTER PITT was born at Bath in 1852, being the son of Robert Pitt, whom he followed in the firm now known as Stothert and Pitt, Ltd.

In 1869 he became a pupil of the firm, passing through the shops and drawing office, and, two years later he went to Zurich, studying at the Polytechnic School of Engineering.

On his return to England, in 1875, he entered the firm of Cambridge, Parham and Co., Bristol, and in the following year he became chief draughtsman with G. K. Stothert and Co., Bristol.

After a short employment with Easton and Anderson, of Erith, he returned to Bath, and when the firm was made into a company in 1883 he became a director. Subsequently he was elected chairman in 1891, which position he held until his death.

He was one of the leading authorities on harbour construction plant, of which his firm made a speciality.

He took an active part in the affairs of Bath, and was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1908. He became a Member of this Institution in 1883, and served on the Council from 1907 to 1917, when ill health caused his resignation. He also was chairman of the Wire Ropes Research Committee from 1914 to 1917. In 1919 he contributed a short paper to the Institution on " Friction Brakes with Stiffened Straps," which was published in the Proceedings (p. 587).

He was also a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

His death took place, after a long illness, at his residence, South Stoke House, near Bath, on 10th January 1921, at the age of sixty-eight.

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