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Lorenzo William Crosta

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Lorenzo William Crosta (1862-1916)

of R. R. Newlove and Co, Crown Iron Works, Crocus Street, Nottingham ; and 21 Hayfield Grove, Nottingham.


1916 Obituary [1]

LORENZO WILLIAM CROSTA was born at Nottingham on 6th October 1862.

His scholastic education was received at St. Saviour's Schools, Nottingham, which was followed by a three years' technical course at the University College of Nottingham.

On its completion in 1879 he began an apprenticeship in the works of Mr. J. B. Payne, engineer and millwright, of Chard, Somerset, which terminated in 1883, when he was engaged as draughtsman and subsequently assistant works manager to Messrs. R. R. Newlove and Co., engineers, Nottingham.

From 1889 to 1895 he was foundry manager in the works of Messrs. John Taylor and Sons, Nottingham, and from 1895 to 1900 he acted as general manager of the same works.

In 1900 he was appointed managing director of the Railway and General Engineering Co., Ltd., and the Midland Engineering Works, Nottingham, and a director of the Ames Crosta Sanitary Engineering Co., Ltd.

These positions he held until shortly before his death, which took place, after a long illness, at his residence at West Bridgford, Nottingham, on 22nd June 1916, in his fifty-fourth year.

Among the various inventions and improvements he brought out may be mentioned a surface water gully, pipe-joints, tramway check on guard rail, rail grinder, tramway point adjustment, etc.

He was a Graduate of this Institution from 1885 to 1889, and was elected a Member in 1900.



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