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Charles Collinge

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Charles Collinge (1792-c1842) of became Charles Collinge and Co

1792 April 19th. Baptised at Lambeth, the son of John Collinge, an engineer, and his wife Eleanor

1818 Founder member of the Institution of Civil Engineers at the inaugural meeting in a Fleet Street coffee house.

1819 May. Married at St Giles in the Fields. Charles Collinge, Bridge Road, Lambeth, to Elizabeth the only daughter of Thomas Wheeler of Holborn.[1]

1820 May 23rd. A member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.[2]. Proposed that Telford should be invited to be President.

1821 Legal case involving Messrs John and Charles Collinge and patent Axletrees made by them.[3]

1822 Resigned from the Institution of Civil Engineers

1833 Patent. Charles Collinge of 22 Bridge Road, Lambeth, Engineer, for improvements in axle-trees.[4]

1833 Charles Collinge of Bridge Road, Lambeth, a Civil Engineer, resumed his membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers.[5]

1836 Advert. Charles Collinge, only son of the late inventor, continues to manufacture them (axle trees). 28 and 64 Bridge Road, Lambeth.[6]

1837 Advert. Charles Collinge has taken over his late father's extensive premises where he continues the manufacture of Axletrees and Spherical Hinges.[7]

Joined the firm of Maudslay, Son and Field

1840 One of the 5 founding members who signed the new register of members of the Inst Civil Engineer

1843 After his death the business was presumably continued by his son Arthur Collinge

1843 Obituary [8]

Mr. Charles Collinge was born in the year 1792, and being engaged from an early age in mechanical pursuits, he eagerly embraced the proposition of your Vice-president, Henry Robinson Palmer, to unite with him and a few more young men (H. R. Palmer, J. Field, W. Maudslay, J. Jones, C. Collinge, and J. Ashwell.) in forming a society for mutual improvement, by discussing scientific subjects; from this commencement, in the year 1818, has arisen the Institution of Civil Engineers, which now numbers five hundred and twenty-five members of all classes.

Mr. Collinge continued, through all the stages of its progress, an useful and active member; he took his share of the duties as a Member of Council, and filled the other offices of the Institution with readiness, and his attendance at the meetings was very constant.

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Sources of Information

  1. Morning Chronicle - Tuesday 11 May 1819
  2. 1820 Institution of Civil Engineers
  3. Morning Post - Friday 08 June 1821
  4. Carlisle Journal - Saturday 27 July 1833
  5. 1833 Institution of Civil Engineers
  6. Morning Post - Thursday 29 September 1836
  7. Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette - Thursday 21 September 1837
  8. 1843 Institution of Civil Engineers: Obituaries
  • A Biographical Dictionary of Civil Engineers in Great Britain and Ireland ... edited by A. W. Skempton, Mike Chrimes