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Henry Francis Sneyd-Kynnersley

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Henry Francis Sneyd-Kynnersley (1851-1900), County Surveyor of Northumberland

1901 Obituary [1]

HENRY FXANCIS SNEYD-EYNNERSLEY died on the 15th October, 1900, at his residence, 7 Grosvenor Villas, Newcastle-on-Tyne. He was the sixth son of the late Mr. Thomas Clement Sneyd-Eynnersley, J.P., Stipendiary Magistrate at Birmingham, was born at Exeter on the 22nd June, 1851, and was educated at Marlborough College.

His maternal grandfather, Mr. Joseph Sandars, of Liverpool, was associated with George Stephenson in the construction of the first English railway, and in the year 1871 the grandson’s engineering career fitly commenced with a pupilage of twelve months to the well-known firm of Robert Stephenson and Company, of Newcastle-on-Tyne.

He subsequently served a pupilage of four years, from 1872 to 1876, with Mr. Alfred R. C. Harrison, Engineer of the Northern Division of the North Eastern Railway. For the following seven years he held the post of Assistant Engineer over the whole of the Northern Division of that line, and during that time obtained extensive and varied experience in surveying, bridge building, and railway work generally.

In 1883 Mr. Sneyd-Kynnersley was appointed County Surveyor of Northumberland, and when the County Council came into existence in 1889 the appointment was renewed and was held by him until his death.

In 1884 he was also appointed Surveyor to the Tweed Bridges Trust. Mr. Sneyd-Kynnersley was a man of unostentatious habits and demeanour, but of great energy and resource. He carried out the duties of those posts in a thoroughly efficient manner, and was held in high esteem, not only by the members of the Bridges and Roads Committee of the Northumberland County Council, but by a large circle of friends, by whom he will be long and deservedly remembered for never failing geniality and unselfishness of character.

Mr. Sneyd-Kynnersley was elected an Associate on the 4th December, 1877, was subsequently placed in the class of Associate Members, and was transferred to the class o€ Members on the 22nd December, 1885.

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