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Henry Stilgoe

Henry Edward Stilgoe, Engineer (1867-1943)

Stilgoe was Engineer to the Metropolitan Water Board from 1919- 1933.

He was City Engineer of Birmingham (1906) responsible for town planning schemes and arterial road construction.[1]

He oversaw the building of the ‘Musgrave’ Engine House at Lea Bridge (1922/24), housing a vertical triple expansion engine.[2]

His enquiries led to an Act of 1921 authorizing major extension works, such as reservoirs, trunk mains, pumping machinery and pioneering rapid filtration techniques.

In 1926, he presented a paper to the Institute of Civil Engineers regarding the efficiency of the modern tripe-expansion pumping engine at Lea Bridge and engaged in a debate with the former Chief Engineer, WB Bryan.[3]

Stilgoe was awarded a CBE in the New Year Honours Lists of 9th January 1932.

The Hampton Waterworks includes an early 1930s Art Deco pump house built by, and named after, Stilgoe.[4]

Stilgoe authored an article on the work of the Metropolitan Water Board in 1924.


[1] OBITUARY. HENRY EDWARD STILGOE. 1867-1943. Journal of the ICE, Volume 20, Issue 7 Volume 20, Issue 7, June 1943, pages 202 - 20

[2] GLC Information

[3] Discussion. The Triple-Expansion Steam-Engine As Applied To The Pumping Of Water, With Special Reference To The Plant At Lea Bridge. Authors: R T Smith; A P I Cotterell; B W Bryan; H E Stilgoe; A Honeysett; R A S Twaites. Source: Minutes of the Proceedings, Volume 222, Issue 1926, 01 January 1926.

[4] Greater London Industrial Archaeology Society Newsletter August 2005

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