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George Athelstane Thrupp

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George Athelstane Thrupp (1822–1905) of Thrupp and Maberly, coach builder

1822 July 16th. Born in Somerset Street, Portman Square, London, the second son of Charles Joseph Thrupp, coach builder and his wife Harriet Styan.

Educated privately at Clapham, Thrupp subsequently joined the family coach building firm in Oxford Street, London, which had been founded by his great-grandfather (sic) in 1740 (sic).

1856 Was a founder of the Coach-makers' Benevolent Institution

1858 August. Married Elizabeth Massey / Maisly

1859 Birth of son George Herbert Thrupp.

1866 On the retirement (?) of his father, he brought into partnership George Henry Maberly. The business was thereafter known as Thrupp and Maberly.

George Thrupp became a leading British coach builder, known to his fellow craftsmen throughout the world.

His son, George H. Thrupp, also joined Thrupp and Maberly.

1881 Living at 111 Maida Vale, London: George A. V. Thrupp (age 51 born Marylebone), Coachbuilder employing 55 men and 5 boys. With his wife Elizabeth Thrupp (age 50 born Paddington) and their son George H. Thrupp (age 21 born Paddington), Coachbuilder. Three servants.[1]

1881 He played an important role in the formation of the Institute of British Carriage Manufacturers.

1884 He took a leading part in establishing technical schools for coach artisans, which, in 1884, were taken over by the Regent Street Polytechnic.

Thrupp and Maberly held royal appointment as coach-makers to Queen Victoria.

c.1889 Thrupp retired from business.

1905 He died at his London home, 111 Maida Vale, on 24 August.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1881 Census
  • Biography of George Athelstane Thrupp, ODNB