The Reformer

October 2nd 1841

Railway Accident near Broxbourne




Old News

Because both names are so common I have not tried to identify James Thompson/Green.

Thomas Grissell (1801-1874) was born in Surrey and in 1915 he was articled to Henry Peto, a leading public works contractor. He became Henry's partner in 1825, and following Henry's death  with Samuel Morton Peto. They built up a rapidly growing business and incluing the building of Birmingham Grammar School and in London buildings as different as Nelson's Column, Clerkenwell Prison and the Lyceum Theatre. They also very involved in railway building, including parts of the Great Western Railway and South Eartern Railway. The partnership was dissolved in 1846.  [Source Wikipedia]

Apart from the fact that they were working on the railway near Broxbourne in 1841 the only Hertfordshire link I found was in the follow 2005 news item from the Herts Mercury.

A SPECIAL stone which marked the founding of the first-ever school in Hoddesdon by a 19th-century businessman has been officially handed over to the school which is named in his honour.

The grey foundation stone, which once adorned Esdaile Hall in Esdaile Lane, Hoddesdon, was once part of the Boys' British School established by John Warner.

It has now been officially presented to officials at the John Warner School in Stanstead Road.

The commemorative stone bears the inscription: "This school was erected by Mr John Warner 1841. Grisell & Peto, builders".

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