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Ovid Topham

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Ovid Topham 1780-1848, of Ovid Topham and Sons. The sons were Charles and George. Their partnership was dissolved in 1851.[1]

Engineer and millwright, of Whitecross Street, St. Luke, Middx (1837)

Topham took out patents for a number of inventions.

1837 Patent sealed 5 October for a sluice valve, intended to provide reliable, low maintenance service on underground pipelines. [2] [3]. Drawings here (double click on small images).

1848 Died on 9 May, aged 68. Address: Hornsey Road, Holloway.[4]

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] The London Gazette, Jan 1851
  2. [2] The London Journal of Arts and Sciences, and Repertory of Patent Inventions edited by William Newton, Vol XV, 1840, pp.42-6
  3. 'A History of Technology and Invention - Progress through the Ages - The Expansion of Mechanization: 1725-1860' Edited by Maurice Daumas, translated by Eileen B. Hennessy, Crown Publishers Inc., 1979. First published in France in 1968 as 'Histoire Générale des Techniques'. p.457
  4. The Gentleman's Magazine, Vol XXIX, Jan-June 1848