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Robert Samuel Lloyd

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Robert Samuel Lloyd (1856-1915) of Hayward Tyler and Co, 88 Upper Whitecross Street, London, E.C

Son of William Lloyd, M.D., of Birmingham/


1916 Obituary [1]

ROBERT SAMUEL LLOYD was born at Castle Donington, Leicestershire, on 2nd March 1856; he was descended from the family which founded Lloyd's Bank, his grandfather having been head of that bank in Birmingham in the early part of the nineteenth century.

After learning the elements of Engineering Science in Switzerland, he spent some time in works at Wednesbury.

In 1877 he joined the firm of Hayward-Tyler and Co., in which the only partners at that time were Mr. Robert L. Howard and Mr. Eliot Howard, both of whom are still directors of the Company. He there obtained accurate knowledge of hydraulic engineering and studied electrical engineering on its constructional side.

Some years later he became managing partner of the Company's Works at Luton, which were greatly extended under his supervision. He assisted in designing and carrying out the first experimental installation of Edison's electric light on Holborn Viaduct, from which much valuable experience was gained; and Hayward-Tyler and Co.'s workshops in London are believed to have been the earliest in England to be lighted in this way.

Mr. Lloyd also designed and constructed the electrically-driven pumping machinery for many of the most important mines and waterworks in South Africa, as well as large pumping plants for the Argentine Republic and other foreign countries.

In England he directed the construction of many important waterworks installations. As the carrying industry for petroleum developed, he gave special attention to the pumps for pipe-lines and tank-vessels; some of the largest of these vessels afloat carry pumps for the construction of which he was responsible.

He also invented numerous improvements in machinery for the manufacture of aerated waters.

He subsequently became a director of the Company, and remained in that position until his death, which took place at St. Albans, on 23rd September 1915, at the age of fifty-nine.

He was elected a Member of this Institution in 1882; he was also a member of the Institutions of Civil Engineers, Naval Architects, Electrical Engineers, and Water Engineers.


1916 Obituary [2]

ROBERT SAMUEL LOYD, born on the 2nd March, 1856, died at St. Albans on the 23rd September, 1915.

After gaining experience with Messrs. John Knowles and Sons, Wednesbury, he joined Messrs. Hayward Tyler and Company, hydraulic engineers, and acted as Resident Engineer on many of their contracts. Subsequently he became managing partner at the firm's Luton works, and designed and carried out many important pumping and mechanical installations for mines, waterworks, sewerage and wells at home and abroad.

He was elected a Member on the 4th February, 1896.


1916 Obituary [3]

ROBERT SAMUEL LLOYD, a director of Messrs. Hayward-Tyler and Company, died at his residence at St. Albans on the 23rd September, 1915, after a painful illness of several months.

He was the son of William Lloyd, M.D., of Birmingham, whose father was the head of Lloyds' Bank in the early part of last century.

After a training in engineering work, commenced in Switzerland and continued at works in Wednesbury, he joined the firm of Hayward-Tyler and Company in 1877 and was for many years managing partner (or director) of their Luton works.

He designed and carried out many important works of electrical and water engineering, among others the first experimental installation of the Edison electric light on Holborn Viaduct.

The firm's workshops in London were, if not the first, one of the first works in England to be lighted on this system, and much valuable experience was gained in the experiments conducted there.

He was elected an Associate of the Institution in 1883, and a Member in 1894.



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