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Charles B. King

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Charles B. King of Charles B. King and Co, Civil Engineer.

1861 Mentioned as Charles B. King, engineer, of London who built a steam road vehicle.[1]

1862 Partnership dissolved. Between Francis Campin and Charles B. King.[2]

1862 News report. 'Mr. Salt's Steam Carriage. On Thursday last, this steam carriage, constructed by Carrett, Marshall, and Co., of Leeds, proceeded under steam from the Exhibition to Blackwall via Knightsbridge, Piccadilly, Haymarket, Strand, Fleet-street, Ludgate-hill, Cheapside, Leadenhall-street, &c. The engine was driven George Salt, Esq., and Mr Charles B. King, M.E., at an average speed of fifteen miles an hour. This is the first steam carriage that has ever worked through the city for twenty-six years, the last being one of a series built for passenger traffic by Mr Hancock. Several journeys have been taken, accompanied by F. Hodges, Esq., (the distiller of Lambeth), Edward Humphreys, Esq., (of Deptford), W. E. Carrett, Esq., (of Leeds), and several other gentlemen connected with this movement, which before long promises to be adopted in some parts of the country. The recent "Locomotives Act" having removed the previously prohibitory toll on turnpike roads, Mr Hodges has expressed his intention of having a steam fire engine, adapted so as to be self-propelling; Likewise a carriage for pleasure journeys.'[3]

1863 Mention as Charles B. King, C.C. (Consulting Engineer to Hodges's Distillery) to read a paper on the 'Suppression and Extinction of Fires' to the Society of Arts.[4]

1865 'Mr. Charles B. King, C.E., a gentleman who practised for many years in Westminster as a consulting engineer, and who was engaged for some time, in conjunction with the Earl of Arran, in experimenting on the means and appliances for rendering peat applicable to smelting, and for ordinary household purposes, is now resident in Portugal...'[5]

1872 'Mr Charles B. King, C. E., of Dowgate Hill, London, conducted a series of important experiments with Messrs Gore and Green's Patent "Steam Road-rammer," at Boston, Lincolnshire, with very satisfactory results, on Friday afternoon last. This machine combines the action of pair of massive vertical rammers, impelled by steam in the manner of the steam-hammer, with that of the ordinary roller.....'[6]

1873 Appointed to design and construct a pier and railway at Felixstowe.[7]

1878 Report 'Steam Tramways in Holland. - On Saturday last, for the first time in Holland, a steam engine worked the streets of Haarlem. The engine was one supplied by Messrs Merryweather and Sons, of London, and was similar to those in use on the Paris tramways. Curves of 35ft. radius were easily taken, and the trials were watched with great interest by the inhabitants. Several of the Government engineers were present by direction of the Minister of the interior, and the trials were conducted by Mr Charles B. King, C.E., of Westminster'[8]

1884 Bankrupt. 'Charles B. King, St Swithin's Lane, London, Engineer'[9]

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Sources of Information

  1. London Daily News - Monday 12 August 1861
  2. The London Gazette Publication date: 7 February 1862 Issue: 22596 Page: 680
  3. Kendal Mercury - Saturday 13 December 1862
  4. London City Press - Saturday 07 March 1863
  5. Cardiff and Merthyr Guardian, Glamorgan, Monmouth, and Brecon Gazette - Friday 07 April 1865
  6. Western Daily Press - Tuesday 17 September 1872
  7. The Ipswich Journal - Saturday 08 November 1873
  8. Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Thursday 03 October 1878
  9. Glasgow Herald - Wednesday 24 September 1884