LINEHAM, Wilfred James

1858 - 1919

Wilfred James Lineham

Born at Leeds, Yorkshire on 17 December 1858, son of George Thomas Lineham, a mechanic turner, and his wife Anne née Bone. In 1861 a two year old living at 21 Derby Street, Leeds, with his parents, 29 year old George and 21 year old Anne, and his elder sibling sister. After primary and secondary education he obtained his B.Sc. in Engineering at the University of London, and obtained a studentship at the Normal School, now the Royal College of Science. He was employed as a draughtsman by John Fowler and Co., and in 1881 a 22 year old mechanical draughtsman living at Lady Pitt Lane, Hunslett, Yorkshire with his parents and four siblings in which year he took a similar position at Sir W. G. Armstrong, Mitchell and Co., of Elswick and later for R. and W. Hawthorn, Leslie and Co., Newcastle-on-Tyne. He married at Newcastle in 1885, Rachel Somerville Weddell and from 1880 was also engaged in teaching engineering subjects at Leeds, Dewsbury, Wakefield, and at the School of Science and Art, Newcastle-on-Tyne, now the Rutherford Technical College and in 1890 appointed Professor of Engineering and Mechanical Science at the Goldsmiths' Company's Technical Institute, New Cross, London, a position he held until his death. In 1891 a 32 year old professor of mechanical engineering, living at 2 Leyland Road, Lee, Kent with his 38 year old wife Ray, born Scotland and took in five boarders. A watercolour landscape painter and a member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1903-1908, his firstexhibits were from Esmond, Newton Road, Lee in 1905 when he had on show seven watercolours 'Overchie, near Rotterdam', 'Cardinal Beaufort's Tower, St Cross, Winchester', 'Zaanham, Holland', 'Dordrech Boats', 'Dortrech, Holland', 'Near Rotterdam' and 'In the New Forest' and exhibited 34 works 1905-1914. In 1911, living at 21 Newstead Road, Lee with his wife and employed two indoor servants and at the outbreak of the War he was working in Bavaria but managed to return to England. In November 1918 his health broke down from overwork, and he was ordered a complete rest, but he died suddenly at Brighton, Sussex on 17 April 1919. A versatile man being an able musician and his paintings were frequently shown at the Royal Academy and was the Author of various Engineering Articles, Lectures, etc., and published the standard 'Text Book of Mechanical Engineering'.











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