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Henry Grissel

Henry Grissell (1817-1883) & the firm of H & M.D. Grissell

Henry Grissell, sometimes known as ‘Iron Henry’, was an Englishfoundry-man who was responsible for the ironwork in a number of prestigious buildings in England, Russia, Austria and Egypt.[1]

In 1841 in partnership with his brother, Martin De La Garde Grissell,Grissell started an iron founders and contractors business at the Regent's Canal Ironworks, Eagle Wharf Road. They worked with the major engineers of the time, includingRobert Stephenson, Bidder, Walker & Burges, and SirWilliam Cubitt.

The company made the ironwork for some major bridges, including many by Robert Stephenson, and also made ironwork for Covent Garden Opera House and the Floral Hall, for the some of the Houses of Parliament and the new museum at South Kensington.

He also made the gates for Sir William Tite's Royal Exchange, the gates and railings round Buckingham Palace and at the British Museum.

Another brother, Thomas Grissell, was a major public works contractor, with cousin Henry Peto.[2] [3]


References

[1] Obituary.Henry Grissell,1817-1883.Minutes of the Proceedings, Volume 73, Issue 1883, 01 January 1883, pages376 –378

[2] Obituary.Henry Grissell,1817-1883.Minutes of the Proceedings, Volume 73, Issue 1883, 01 January 1883, pages376 –378

[3] Obituary.Thomas Grissell,1801-1874.Minutes of the Proceedings, Volume 39, Issue 1875, 01 January 1875, pages289 –290

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