Title: British census
Page: Place, and approx date
Title: Birth certificate
Page: Alexander Conquest
Note: N5348 Educated at a private school in Shoreham. (Was a pupil there ages 12 in 1861.)
Articled in 1864 to Edmund Cooper, one of the Assistant Engineers under the Board of Works.
(Both above from obituary in Folkestone newspaper)
Elected an Associate Member of the ICE 4 March 1879. Obituary was published for him in ICE Minutes of Proceedings, vol.110, 1891-2, pp 384-5.
Living at 66 Belmont St, Chalk Farm Rd, at time of his daughter Minnie’s birth (1870).
1871 Census say she was living at: 67 Belmont Road St. Pancras, Middlesex, with his wife and daughter Minnie.
Family notes say he was at Magdalen, Cambridge, and had a rowing blue, but this does not seem to have been the case.
1881 Census 41 Dover Road, Folkestone:
Alexander W. CONQUEST Head M Male 32 St Pancras, Middlesex, England Civil Engineer
Minnie L.E. CONQUEST Daur Female 10 St Pancras, Middlesex, England Scholar
William B. CONQUEST Son Male 8 Chelsea, Middlesex, England Scholar
Charles J. CONQUEST Son Male 7 Battersea, Surrey, England Scholar
Amy E. CONQUEST Daur Female 5 Battersea, Surrey, England
Alfred DRYLAND Boarder U Male 16 Aldington, Kent, England Civil Engineer (Student)
Presumably he was also the father of Florence (age 12 ie born 1869, soon after Alexander’s marriage) who was staying with their grandfather, Alexander’s father, at the time of the 1881 census?
ALEXANDER WILLIAM CONQUEST, son of the late Mr. William Conquest, for many years Secretary to Sir Joseph Bazalgette at the Metropolitan Board of Works, ... In November, 1875, Mr. Conquest was elected, out of one hundred and seventy-eight candidates, Engineer and Surveyor to the Borough of Ramsgate.
On leaving Ramsgate in 1880 to take up the post of Engineer to the Borough of Folkestone, Mr. Conquest was presented with a handsome clock by the employees of the Corporation, and with an address and a purse of fifty guineas by some of the inhabitants. During his connection with Folkestone, which was destined to last for the remainder of his life, Mr. Conquest carried out many improvements, amongst which may be mentioned the laying out of Radnor Park, the paving with wood of the principal streets and the making of new main roads, the construction of a fish market, and the extension of the system of sewerage throughout the borough...
Mr. Conquest died from blood-poisoning on the 5th of February, 1892. He had recently recovered from an attack of influenza, but went out too soon and caught a chill. On reaching home he placed his feet near the fire, causing a blister to form on one of the toes. Unfortunately, the dye from his sock entered the wound and caused blood-poisoning; mortification set in, and it was found necessary to amputate the leg ...
(Minutes of Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Page 384 (what year?))
Re his role as Superintendent of Folkestone Fire Brigade - and possible photogprahs:
“John Meakins, formerly curator of the Kent Fire Brigade museum, tells me that the name Conquest is not familiar to him and he doesn't think there's anything that goes back to the years you mention in the Folkestone file. Your enquiry will be forwarded to the brigade for them to log and look into if and when the museum is re-opened.”
Roger Mardon, Canterbury, Kent www.romar.org.uk
Note: 32 in 1881
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