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Wilson Weatherley Phipson

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Wilson Weatherley Phipson (1838-1891)

1838 August 30th. Born the third son of six children of Samuel Ryland Phipson and mother Ellen Emma Elizabeth Lambe, who were a well to do family who lived in the Ladywood area of Birmingham


1892 Obituary [1]

. . . . The art of ventilation was entirely in its infancy, and although complaints about the impure atmosphere of the law courts, theatres, hospitals, and other public buildings were of daily occurrence, he could not induce anybody to take the matter up. He published a pamphlet setting forth the great benefits of the new system, and read a Paper before the Medical Officers of Health who met at the Marylebone Court House. Several physicians who attended the meeting admitted the economy and efficiency of his scheme, but beyond this no immediate result was apparent. At length, however, through the influence of his father, he obtained the contract to warm and ventilate Baron Rothschild's private residence in Piccadilly and the bank in St. Swithin's Lane. The success of these works attracted the attention of some of the leading architects of that day, . . . [more]



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