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Mark Feetham

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Mark Feetham (1868-1938)

1938 Obituary [1]

MARK FEETHAM was chief constructional engineer to the London Power Company, and was largely responsible for the construction of the new Deptford West power station.

He was born in 1868, and after receiving his education at Repton School he entered the Darlington works of the North Eastern Railway, where he served his apprenticeship from 1884 to 1889, with the exception of six months during 1887, when he obtained permission to go to sea as a third engineer. At the close of 1889 he joined the Kensington and Knightsbridge Electric Lighting Company, Ltd., as second engineer at the Chapel Place electric lighting station, and in 1898 he was promoted to be resident and constructional engineer. In 1900 he commenced his association with the Deptford power station of the London Electric Supply Corporation, Ltd., after its inception by the late Dr. S. Z. de Ferranti, M.I.Mech.E.

As superintendent engineer he was largely concerned with the installation and running of plant for the power supply of the electrified lines of the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway, and later of the Southern electric lines. When the London Power Company combination took place he received his appointment as chief constructional engineer.

In 1932 he retired and lived at Eltham, where his death occurred on 21st June 1938. He had been a Member of the Institution since 1899.

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