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Robert Cantwell

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Robert Cantwell (c1793-1859)

1841 Robert Cantwell, of Wimpole Street, Architect and Surveyor, became a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.[1]

1860 Obituary [2]

MR. ROBERT CANTWELL was brought up with his Father, who was the founder of the Surveyors' Club, still in existence to the present day, and who, after having realised a handsome fortune, retired from practice many years before his death.

The business of an Architect and Surveyor, carried on by Mr. Robert Cantwell, although extensive, was for the most part, of so private a nature as to afford but little material for a memoir of his professional life.

He did not hold any public appointments, nor did he execute any important works. His practical knowledge, however, was great, and his integrity was so well known, that he was largely employed in the settlement, by arbitration, of disputed claims. He was, at one period, much engaged upon parochial assessments, and was one of the pioneers of modern views upon the subject.

In the course of his practice, he became acquainted with many of the leading Engineers of his day, and ultimately, he joined the Institution as an Associate in 1841.

He died in 1859, aged sixty-six years, at his residence in Wimpole Street, London, much respected both by his professional brethren, and by his private friends.

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