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Edgar Leslie Thorp

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Edgar Leslie Thorp (1874-1923) of Thorp and Atkinson

1924 Obituary [1]

EDGAR LESLIE THORP was born on the 3rd June, 1874, and was the son of the late Rev. T. Moorhouse Thorp, Wesleyan Minister.

He was educated at Kingswood School, Bath, and later at the City and Guilds Institute (London).

For many years he was associated with Messrs. Shepherd and Watney, consulting engineers, of Leeds, leaving that firm in 1899 to undertake private consulting work at Nottingham and later at Edenfield in Lancashire. During this period he carried out research work in electrolytic bleaching and wrote a textbook on the subject.

In 1912 he returned to Messrs. Shepherd and Watney and on their retiring from the business in 1918 came into possession of it. From that time he was principally engaged in the preparation and carrying out of schemes for all classes of electrical installations, mechanical and hydraulic work, heating plants, etc. His health became affected by incessant toil, but he still struggled on, especially anxious to complete the electrical installation at Marlborough College. He took a special interest in the artistic side of his work and derived much satisfaction from the ingenious treatment of the illumination of the College chapel. The work was almost completed when he had at last to give in.

He died on the 21st September, 1923, at the age of 49.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1899 and a Member in 1920.

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