Robert Francis Fairlie was born in March 1831, of an engineering family.
I have a great deal more information on many aspects of the George England story and will add them to the archive section as I can on an ongoing basis. I eventually intend, for example, to collate and publish as much information as can be found on each of the locomotives built, though much of the information is contradictory. Mr England himself is a fascinating character, though as the railway historian C. Hamilton Ellis once put it; “Not a gentleman...”.
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Firstly, many thanks to Chris Jones who has done so much to check out documents and establish the facts about the remarkable Mr England, though a fair bit of speculation still has to be done.
Of all the sites to choose for a locomotive works, Pomeroy Street, London, SE seems to be one of the most unlikely...
The grave in West Norwood is number 20788, in square 22, and a little back from the path.
By the time the 1861 census took place, both Hatcham Lodge and Georgina Terrace had been in use for three years.
Around the 26th of January 1865, George England’s workforce went on strike. The Times of Jan 30th gave an account of the strike and the reasons it had been called:-
An excerpt from Hamilton Ellis "The North British Railway" Ian Allan 2nd Edition 1959 p.50 et seq.
A history of locomotives built by Robert Fairlie at Hatcham Iron Works
Locomotives built by George England at Hatcham Iron Works Part 3 1862-1867
Locomotives built by George England at Hatcham Iron Works Part 2 1856-1861
Locomotives built by George England at Hatcham Iron Works Part 1 1849-1855