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Arthur Lewis Stride (1841-1922)
1841 Born at London the son of Lewis Stride, a Banker.
Chief engineer of London, Tilbury and Southend Railway
The death has taken place at Bush Hall, Hatfield, at the age of 85 years, of Mr. Arthur Lewis Stride, a Deputy Lieutenant and Justice of the Peace for Hertfordshire for years.
Mr. Stride was born in 1837, a son of Mr. Lewis Stride of Dover. His sister was Mrs. Puckle, wife of Canon Puckle, of St. Mary's, Dover, and his sister, Miss Stride, resided until her recent death at Pencester Road. As a young man Mr. A. L. Stride was associated with the Chatham and Dover Railway. He proceeded to Rochester in 1856 one of the engineers the construction of what was then the East Kent Railway, and which now forms part of the London, Chatham and Dover system. Mr. Stride attained the position of district engineer, which he held until 1875, when became engineer and manager of the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway. He was elected to the Board as managing director about the year 1884. In 1887 he became deputy chairman, and in 1890 chairman of directors, retiring from that position when the London, Tilbury and Southend system was acquired by the Midland Railway Company in 1912.
Mr. Stride had taken a prominent part in county affairs. He was an original member of the Hertfordshire County Council, and was for many years one of the Aldermen. He did conspicuous service on the Highways and Finance Committees, and was a member practically all the important committees of the Council. He was also a member of the Hertfordshire Education Committee. An ardent Churchman, he was closely associated with affairs the Diocese of St. Alban's, which he represented for some years in the House of Laymen, and he was also an elected lay representative to the St. Alban's Diocesan Conference. For many years he was rector's warden at Hatfield Parish Church. He was also a prominent supporter of the Hertfordshire Convalescent Homes at St. Leonard's-on-Sea. 1914, when Mr. and Mrs. Stride celebrated their golden wedding, Lord Salisbury presented to them, on behalf of 350 subscribers, gold casket and an address of congratulation. The funeral took place on Wednesday, at Hatfield Hyde, after a service Hatfield Parish Church.