110 years ago passed away Joseph Lindley
In April 1906 passed away Joseph Lindley, the youngest of the Lindley brothers
110 years ago passed away Joseph Lindley
On April 20, 1906, in Ober Ursel (Oberursel, Germany) passed away Joseph Lindley. He was only forty-seven years old.
As Emil Sokal (Polish engineer and journalist) wrote: “The causes of his premature death are due to his hard work, which initially brought him a nervous disease, and when help of doctors proved inconclusive, when travel and stay in the South [Europe] instead of relief and improvement, made him even more sick, he returned to Frankfurt, where he was treated in a sanatorium for nervous patients, where his busy life ended". He was buried on the cemetery of the Haupt Friedhof in Marburg.
Joseph Lindley left the wife Emily Suermondt and two children – Henry
William (son) and Julia Anita (daughter). He had a talent for languages. Spoke
and wrote fluently German, French and Russian. Eagerly studied Polish language
in order to communicate with workers, as well as to be able to track the
publications in the national press. In Warsaw’s works Joseph Lindley was
involved for long seventeen years. Since 1888 he was a representative in Warsaw
of his older brother William Heerlein Lindley, Chief Engineer of water supply
and sewerage. Joseph Lindley spent here his mature youth and the greater part
of his professional life. He was more connected with Warsaw then the rest of
As the Polish author writes in the Universal Illustrated Encyclopedia: "Trough 16 years he was involved in Warsaw in very useful activities. Thanks to his diligence and energy Warsaw could bring to the end so important for the city sewerage works.
Joseph Lindley with his son Henry at the construction site of water tanks
William Lindley on the Isle of Wight
William Lindley on the Isle of WightMay/June weekend breaks have already begun. Also the Lindleys were faithful to this tradition. Their favorite place was the Victorian resort of Sandown on the Isle of Wight.
The picture below shows William Lindley sitting on the Boulevard bench with his daughter-in-law, Marie Ladenburg, wife of Robert Searles.
Ryszard Żelichowski, the President of the Societas Lindleyana, was not that lucky. It was cold and rainy day when he sat on the Sandown Boulevard bench at the end of April this year. The bench was almost in the same place, but the old buildings were covered by the new the 20th century additions. However, the charm of the place was still there.
Sandown Boulevard, April 2016. Phot. Hanna Żelichowska
Sandown is a seaside resort town on the southeast coast of the Isle of Wight, England.
Sandown has been a seaside resort town since the Victorian age thanks to its sands and the sunny weather on the Isle of Wight compared to other parts of the United Kingdom. Its success, along with that of other neighbouring Isle of Wight resorts led to the building of a railway connecting Sandown with Ventnor at the south and Ryde on the north coast of the island. Sandown railway station (since 1864) is still on the one remaining operational railway on the island, which now goes from Ryde Pier Head to Shanklin.
The 19th century charm:
Happy and Merry Holiday
Happy and Merry HolidayDear Members and Friends of Societas Lindleiana
In the name of Executive Board
of Societas Lindleiana I wish you all
Happy and Merry Holiday! And Happy New Year 2016!
Ryszard Żelichowski, the President
Waiting for the Winter (photo H.Żelichowska)
William V (Bill) Lindley visits Łódź
William V (Bill) Lindley visits Łódź
September 2015 the water supply and sewerage company (ZWiK) in Lodz
celebrated the 90th anniversary of the
start of the water and sewage construction in this city. At the invitation of
the President of ZWiK Romuald Bosakowski, Francis William (Bill) Naunton
Lindley, with his wife Philippa came to Łódź. He is a direct descendant of
William Lindley (1808-1900), the English civil engineer
, and founder of the
family's company providing expertise and building the water supply and drainage
in dozens of European cities.
Sir William II Heerlen (1853-1917), the eldest son and Chief Engineer in the
company, with the help of his two brothers, Robert and Joseph Searles,
contributed to the design and implementation of sanitation and water supply in Prague, Budapest, Frankfurt
on Maine, Warsaw
and Baku. He
also designed the water supply projects for St. Petersburg,
Radom and Łódź.
The first two have not been executed mainly because of revolutionary events of
1905, Russo-Japanese war and the First World War.
The first preparatory works in Łodź began at the end of the 19th century, but gained momentum only ten years later. At this time William Heerlein led the work on design and construction of the aqueduct in Baku, which was the last of his great works. Inspite the Bolshevik Revolution, William Heerlein Lindley managed to take part in the opening of the aqueduct in Baku February of 1917. In December of that year he died suddenly of a heart attack. Fortunately for Łódź, Deputy of W.H. Lindley in Baku was engineer Stefan Skrzywan. The First World War and the premature death of Sir W.H. Lindley prevented the implementation of the project. Engineer Skrzywan, who was the great admirer of working methods of Lindley, after taking the functions of the Chief Engineer in Łódź, decided to implement the project. After some necessary modifications this great investment was completed.
Part of the system comprises four identical water tanks. The structure of these tanks, due to arched brick work, resemble the inside of a medieval cathedral. The first two of these were built between 1935 and 1937, and the second pair in 1949-1953. Each has a capacity of 15 000 m3 .
William V (Bill) Lindley is a great-great grandson of William I Lindley and a great grandson of Robert Searles, brother of William II Heerlein. He is also the only living male descendant bearing the primary name William (Bill).
This was William (Bill) Lindley's first visit to Poland. He was most appreciative of the hospitality of ZWiK and thoroughly enjoyed the Jubilee Gala. It took place under the slogan "Lodz water is the best". Invited guests could taste Łódź water in variety of products: sorbet-ice, Jubilee Beer, Silky Beer (March Beer) and Lodz Compote "Apple".
Four of the employees were awarded diplomas in recognition of the quality of their work. The diplomas were presented by William (Bill) Lindley.
The Gala was attended by the President of the city of Łódź, Mrs. Hanna Zdanowska, senator Ryszard Bonisławski (a great connoisseur of the history of Łódź and the author of many publications on this topic) and Małgorzata Niemczyk, Member of Parliament from the city of Łódź and other eminent guests.
On the photo (from left): Małgorzata Niemczyk, the Member of the Polish Parliament (city of Łódź), Romuald Bosakowski, the President ZWiK, Ms. Hanna Zdanowska, the President of Łódź, William (Bill) Lindley and Ryszard Bonisławski, the Senator in Underground Cathedral in Stoki, the10th of September 2015.
The entertainment part of the Jubilee comprised of an excellent performance of Andrzej Poniedzielski, stand-up comedian, and Lena Ledoff Trio with recital of a mix of jazz and popular musicals. Gala ended with a champagne toast by the President ZWiK, Romuald Bosakowski and slices of Jubilee cake.
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After over a hundred years, mystery solved!
After over a hundred years, mystery solved!Fake Lindley
On the website of the Museum of the Old Wastewater Treatment Plant (Stará čistírna odpadních vod-Ekotechnické museum, Papírenská 6, Prague 6: – Bubeneč), there has been a photographs of a group of people working, or supervising the work on the construction of the sewer system. The caption suggests that the central position of this group takes William Heerlein Lindley (photo taken on 29 May 1903). Although for us it is clear that this is not "our English engineer", for a long time we could not find an answer who that fake Lindley was. Mystery photographs shows a deceptively similar stature and dress of “our Lindley".
On the souvenir photograph which is in our possession (photo taken in 1901), William H. Lindley seats on the ground with a group of participants of the expedition to the source of Shollar in Low Caucasus, which he planned to use for delivery of drinking water to the city of Baku by the 110 miles long aquaduct.
After arduous analysis of hard readable signature know that fake Lindley is Conrad Gustav Adolf Varrentrapp (1844-1916), second Mayor of Frankfurt am Main in the years 1899-1906.
Conrad Gustav Adolf Varrentrapp, visible in the upper part of the photograph in the company of the Englishman Frank Durham and Pole, Kazimierz Skórewicz, Chief Architect of Baku, is the son of Dr. Georg Varrentrappa (1817-1890), physician and hygienist, who invited William Lindley to work in Frankfurt in 1865. He was a friend of Lindley-father and supporter of Lindley-son.
William Heerlein Lindley sewer project was presented in Prague in 1893, and was built by Czech engineers, under his supervision in the years 1895-1906.