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William Piper (1818-1900)
1900 Obituary 
WILLIAM PIPER, born on the 19th April, 1818, was educated at Mill Hill School. He obtained his business training under his father, the late Mr. Thomas Piper, builder and contractor, of Bishopsgate Street., and remained with the firm of Thomas Piper and Sons until 1853, from which year he carried on business by himself at Stangate, Lambeth. The first large Government contract he undertook was for the construction of huts for the troops in the Crimea.
After that war his chief work was the erection of fortifications in the neighbourhood of Portsmouth.
Mr. Piper retired from business about the year 1866.
He died at his residence, Beechwood, Highgate, on the 7th February, 1900, in his 82nd year.
Mr. Piper was an Associate of the Institution for nearly fifty-one years, having been elected on the 3rd April, 1849.