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Birthplace of Sir Joseph Bazalgette
Hill Lodge, Clay Hill, Enfield, London
associated engineer
Sir Joseph William Bazalgette
date  28th March 1819
era  Georgian  |  category  Birthplace of Engineer  |  reference  TQ320960
Sir Joseph Bazalgette (1819-91) was born at home at Hill Lodge, in what was then Middlesex. Among his many impressive achievements is London's huge underground drainage system (1855-89), the advent of which helped combat the recurring outbreaks of cholera that were common in the capital at the time.
Bazalgette was born on 28th March 1819, an only son and fourth child. He was named after his father, Joseph Bazalgette (1783–1849), a naval officer. Like his friend Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Bazalgette had a French background. His mother Theresa, née Pilton (1796–1850), was of Huguenot descent — her father Jean Louis (1750–1830) had been born in Ispagnac and came to England in 1784.
Bazalgette remained in London until 1836, when he was articled to the Irish civil engineer Sir John Benjamin MacNeill.
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