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Subject: ESSEX: invention of corrugated iron
Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 07:31:10 EST
On the Essex Villages website there is a brief history of Steeple Bumpstead
which includes the following:
Colonel J. C. Humphrey, son of the village wheelwright, invented corrugated
iron. He built and lived in the Iron House, North Street, which was sadly
demolished in the 1960s. At one time Humphreys Ltd of London claimed to the
be ‘largest works in the world’ and held a Royal Warrant as ‘supplier to His
Majesty King Edward VII.’
Does anyone know, or can suggest how I can find out, exactly who this Col.
J.C. is (i.e. what does J.C. stand for)? I haven't been able to find the Iron
House mentioned in any of the censuses.